Arthur J. Kirley
Arthur J. Kirley
Hometown: Mansfield, MA
Team: Football

Arthur J. "Pop" Kirley '09
Hometown: Mansfield, MA
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1979

Arthur J. "Pop" Kirley '09 was one of the finest tackles in thefirst 50 years of Brown football. He was twice selected to All-TimeBrown teams by Coach Edward North Robinson '96 and New Yorksportswriter George Trevor. The 6-4, 220-pounder was an early-dayIron Man, playing in every minute of every game for four years,except for the first game of his sophomore season when he was KO'dby something called "an entrance condition." His forte was openinghuge holes for such Bruin backs as Bill Sprackling '12, Russ McKay'11, and Johnny Mayhew '09. He also had a brutal charge on defenseand never, but never, let a runner get away once he got his handson him. The tackles back-play was a big part of the Brown offenseat that time, and Kirley was an effective ball carrier, scoring 30points in his career. During Kirley's four varsity seasons, Brownhad a 25-13-1 record, including a memorable 23-0 victory overDartmouth and a 10-10 tie with a fine Yale squad led by theimmortal Ted Coy. The late Al Gurney '07, former alumni secretary,once described Pop Kirley this way: "Pop was the finest influenceon a team that any coach or player could have. He was full of fightbut rarely got angry. When the going got tough, it was Pop Kirley'sthundering voice that exhorted his teammates to battle, and hisvoice could be heard clearly up in the stands." Born on a farm inFairfield, Vt., the youngest of 14 children, Kirley attendedBrigham Academy before entering Brown. He was a weight man on thetrack team for four years and competed in swimming. He waspresident of the Pop Kirley Coal and Ice Co. in Mansfield, Mass.,from 1938 until his death on Nov. 22, 1969.