"Cobb Field" Suggested In Memory Of E. N.
Football Banquet Last Evening Featured By Excellent Address By
By Sports Staff
The Leesburg Ledger
Friday, December 21, 1934
More than 125 football boys, dads and prominent citizens of this city sat down to the annual football
banquet at the high school cafe last evening where a full course turkey dinner was ably served by Mrs.
Davis, Mrs. Cobb assisted by high school students. Following the banquet toastmaster J. E. King took
charge in his usual pep and enthusiasm. Prior to the banquet, the football boys in a meeting elected
Fonia Pennington, All-Southern end, their honorary captain for 1934. It is the custom with the Yellow
Jackets to name a captain for each game and at the end of the season to elect an honorary captain.
The feature of the evening was the very excellent address by Frank Wright director of publicity of the
University of Florida. Mr. Wright talked straight from the shoulder, the fact that a boy goes to college not
to play football but to prepare himself for the battle of life. "The most tragic figure in the world is a star
athlete at the end of his college career unless he has been smart: said
None the less important was the resolution introduced by B. A. Williams suggesting that this city's
beautiful athletic field by named "Cobb Field" in memory of E. N. Cobb, a former trustee of the local
school who took great interest in local education and athletics. The resolution was ably seconded by a
number of citizens who spoke in high tribute of the life and work of Mr. Cobb. It was passed unanimously
by the gathering. Senator Futch moved that the sense of the meeting and resolution be presented to the
local board of trustees by J. E. King, which was seconded by A. S. Herlong, Jr., and it also passed
Coached present from other colleges who were introduced and who spoke briefly were Coach Ben
Clemons of Florida, H. R. McQuillian of Stetson, Jack MacDowell of Rollins and Waites of Duke University.
Coach Ray Hayes presented football letters to 24 members of the squad in a few appropriate remarks to
each boy as he was called and just before the introduction of the main speaker of the evening, J. Carlisle
Rogers on behalf of Leesburg citizens presented Coaches Ray Hayes, Roy Hope and Orman Price with
gifts in commendation of their work during the year.
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