|Hometown:||North Providence, RI|
Louis J. Regine, Jr. '48
Hometown: North Providence, RI
Year Inducted: 1982
Louis J. Regine '48 ranks among the finest centers in Brown football history, even though some of his best years were spent serving Uncle Sam during World War II. Back in the late 1930's, in the era when Benny Goodman was King of Swing, when Joe DiMaggio was replacing Babe Ruth as King of Swat, and when Adolph Hitler was the unanimous choice as the world's number one heel, Lou Regine had a reputation as the fastest, toughest high school lineman in Rhode Island. Playing his secondary football at La Salle Academy in Providence under one of the masters of the coaching profession, Jack Cronin, the North Providence native was a center on offense, a linebacker on defense, and a highly competitive youngster who had a natural flair for on-the-field leadership. Regine was All-State center in both 1938 and 1939 and captained the 1939 La Salle team. At La Salle Military Academy in Oakdale, New York the next fall, Regine was named All-Metropolitan on a team that was 7-1 while featuring such stars as Charlie Trippi, later an All-American at Georgia, and Jim Mello, who became one of Notre Dame's finest post-war fullbacks. Regine captained the 1941 Brown Cubs, a team that numbered Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth among its victims, and won a starting berth on Brown's fine 1942 team. The 5-9, 185-pound center put on an All-American performance backing up the line against Harvard that fall, taking part in 21 bone-crushing solo tackles on a sub-freezing afternoon at Cambridge. Regine was a terror covering punts, usually beating his end down the field and seldom if ever missing an open-field tackle. It was a superb sophomore season, one that earned him All-American honorable mention. Returning to Brown in 1946, Regine may have been a step slower but had two more fine seasons and captained the Bears in 1947, a year in which he was selected to the All New England second team. "Lou was a superb down field blocker," Coach Skip Stahley says. "And as a linebacker he hit with authority, was compact and tough, and was a real pepper pot who inspired his teammates to perform at their full potential." Lou Regine, a past president of the Brown Football Association, is president of Regine Pontiac in Providence.