John A. Gammons '98
Year Inducted: 1971
Other Sports Played: Football, Track
John A. Gammons '98 was one of the most prominent sports figures of his time. He was a football, baseball, and track star at Brown, a preparatory and college coach, a pioneer in pro football, a National League baseball player, and a RI amateur golf champion. An elusive halfback, Gammons scored 11 touchdowns in his senior season, including TD runs of 85, 80, and 75 yards. Daff Gammons' speed helped him in track and baseball. In 1896 he was an outfielder on the Brown nine that won the Eastern championship and then defeated Chicago in a best of three series for the national championship. A year later, Gammons was a member of the relay team that defeated Dartmouth in the BAA games. He played pro football with Duquesne and the Homestead A.C. before signing a major league contract with the Boston Nationals in 1901. In his three years as head football coach at Brown, Gammons' teams were 17-10-2.