Who is only Yankee in College Football Hall of Fame?
Finishing third for the Heisman Trophy in 1960, one Ole Miss quarterback proved to be good luck for New York Yankees during their heyday run of World Series appearances in the 1960s.
Former Yankees backup catcher Jake Gibbs led the Ole Miss football team for three seasons (1958-60), completing 54 percent of his passes (119 of 222) for 1,850 passing yards with 19 touchdowns to 9 interceptions for a run-happy Rebels team. Ole Miss finished second in the Associated Press final polls, which was only the beginning of good times for Gibbs.
A free agent signee, Gibbs backed up Elston Howard and Thurman Thomas from 1962 to 1971. Gibbs had a .233 BA with 25 HR and 146 RBIs during his career, but his timing was much better than his stats. The Yankees beat the San Francisco Giants in seven games in 1962, Gibbs’ first season in the majors. The Yankees lost the next two World Series championships to the Dodgers (1963) and Cardinals (1964), then fell gradually in the standings until the former quarterback’s final season in 1971.
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