Frank Edward Smith
Frank Edward Smith
Hometown: Brockton, MA
Team: Football

Frank Edward Smith '96
Hometown: Brockton, MA
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1977

Frank Edward Smith '96, a 6-5, 220-pound guard from Brockton, Mass., was one of the finest linemen in Brown's football history and one of the pioneers in pro football. "Big" Smith, as he was known, was also a record-breaking performed in New England track circles. A starter for all four years as football came of age on College Hill, Smith became one of the most feared linemen in the East during that push-and-pull era. Smith and his roommate, the 5-7, 135-pound fullback, Charley McCarthy, were the Mutt and Jeff combination of Brown football in that period. The Irish wit of this pair was the delight of the students, many of whom would gather around them after the daily football practice on Lincoln Field (the Lower Campus) and hear the Smith-McCarthy version of what went on that day. Edward North Robinson '96, a teammate and later Brown's coach, described Smith as "a quick thinker, never susceptible to injury, and always at his best in the big games." Robinson added: "Smith was fast, a fine blocker, and would have been an ideal pulling guard had that style of play been developed at that time." Robinson placed Smith on his all-time Brown team covering the years, 1892-1931. Big Smith was equally distinguished on the track front. He took five New England championships in the 16-lb shot and 16-lb hammer in 1894-95-96, set a N.E. record in the hammer (123-8 ½), and established new Brown records in both events. Big Smith played pro football for the Duquesne A.C. and the Elizabeth A.C. to help pay his way through Georgetown Law School, where he earned his L.L.B. in 1898. He added his L.L.M. in 1899 and for 32 years was the Deputy Assistant Corporation Counsel in New York City. Smith was known for his remarkable memory of Brown men before, during, and after his time in college and for his delightful human friendliness toward them all. Big Smith died in New York City Sept 26, 1943 at age 69.