Francis J. “Mike” McCall

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A legendary high school football coach, McCall played football and basketball at Salesianum High School (1921-24). He was all-Maryland in football and basketball at Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmittsburg, Maryland. McCall coached high school football from 1932-39, while working the midnight to eight shift at the DuPont Experimental Station during football season.. He was the first “non-teacher” coach Salesianum ever had. His overall record of 41 wins, 18 losses and four ties were against the much larger schools in the Philadelphia Catholic league, all of which were very formidable opponents and considered “impossible to beat”. During the 1935 season his team of only 13 players was Co-Champion of the Philadelphia Catholic League. Vince Lombardi, while playing for the Wilmington Clippers, was his assistant coach for one season, and famous Salesianum football coach, Dim Montero, was one of his players. Some of the players he coached were Quack Carucci, Dim Montero, Rex Gardecki and Coggy Colleens.



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