Friday, November 17, 2006

Another Steagle has passed away. Jack Hinkle died at his home in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on Thursday (November 16). He was 89.

During World War II, Jack was given an honorable discharge from the Army due to ulcers. He played running back and defensive back for the Steagles in 1943. He scored three touchdowns and had four interceptions. He also led the team in rushing with 571 yards. He retired from pro football after the 1947 season.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jack and his wife Joane for my book. They were patient and kind and very supportive.

Simply put, Jack was a good guy, incapable of meanness or pettiness. I’m glad I got to know him.

Jack is the fourth member of the Steagles to pass away in the past two months. Now just four remain: Ray Graves, Bucko Kilroy, Allie Sherman, and Al Wistert.

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