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Ralph Hickok

New Bedford, MA

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Ralph Hickok with the statue of Johnny Blood at the Green Bay Packer Heritage Trail Plaza.

BOOK TITLE: Vagabond Halfback: The Saga of Johnny Blood

SYNOPSIS: Biography of Johnny Blood, a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, who played for the Green Bay Packers’ first four championship teams, in 1929, 1930, 1931, and 1936. A great player, he was just as well-known for his exploits off the field. His teammate, fullback Clarke Hinkle, once said, “Next to Johnny Blood, Joe Namath looks like Little Lord Fauntleroy.”

BIO: Ralph Hickok grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and majored in English at Harvard. He is the author of Who Was Who in American Sports, The New Encyclopedia of Sports, A Who’s Who of Sports Champions, The Pro Football Fan’s Companion, The Encyclopedia of North American Sports History, and Bibliography of Books About American Football 1891-2015. In 2008, the Pro Football Researchers Association gave him the Ralph E. Hay Award for “lifetime achievement in pro football research and historiography.” He lives in New Bedford with his wife, Diane Bolton. Ralph was the editor of The New Bedford Sunday Standard Times magazine from 1964-1973.