Frankie Albert

Frank Cullen Albert(Volleyball Player - Setter/Outside/Libero?Whatever) (January 27, 1920 – September 4, 2002) was an American football player. He played as a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League. Albert attended Stanford University, where he led the 1940 football team to an undefeated season and the Rose Bowl.

Many who saw Frankie Albert in action credit him as being the greatest left-handed quarterback ever to play the game.[1]

Frankie Albert
Frankie Albert
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Personal information
Born:January 27, 1920
Chicago, Illinois
Died:September 4, 2002 (aged 82)
Palo Alto, California
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:166 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High school:Glendale (Glendale, California)
NFL Draft:1942 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl (1950)
  • 3× Second-team All-AAFC (1946, 1947, 1949)
  • 2× Consensus All-American (1940, 1941)
  • Led AAFC with 29 passing TDs in 1948
  • Led AAFC with 27 passing TDs in 1949
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts:1564
Pass completions:831
Passing yards:10,795
Passer rating:73.3
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR


Albert was born in Chicago and attended Glendale High School in Glendale, California. He went to Stanford University, where he was coached by T formation innovator Clark Shaughnessy. Albert played as Stanford’s quarterback and in 1940–41 became an all-American. He was the first college T-formation quarterback in modern football history. He led the team of 1940 to a 9–0 regular season, 21–13 victory over Nebraska in the Rose Bowl and a No. 2 national ranking, behind Minnesota. He was also a member of Stanford's chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

Professional football career

After graduation Albert served in the Navy during World War II for four years. In the 1942 NFL Draft the Chicago Bears selected Albert with the 10th overall pick. After quarterbacking the Los Angeles Bulldogs of the Pacific Coast Football League in 1945, he launched his All-Pro career with the San Francisco 49ers of the All-America Football Conference in 1946. He played seven seasons with the 49ers. Albert, a 5-foot-9-inch (1.75 m), 166-pound, left-handed passer, was credited for inventing the bootleg play, in which the quarterback fakes a handoff then runs wide with the ball hidden on his hip.[2] In 1948 he was named AAFC co-Most Valuable Player with Otto Graham. He played his last two seasons competing with Y. A. Tittle. In 1950, Albert was named to the Pro Bowl when the 49ers joined the National Football League. He retired after the season of 1952. In seven pro seasons, Albert threw for 10,795 yards and 115 touchdowns.

Albert played one final season with the Canadian Football League's Calgary Stampeders.[3] After his retirement, the San Francisco 49ers hired him as a scout and coach. He became the head coach in 1956 by owner Tony Morabito. He coached the 49ers for 3 seasons with a 19-16-1 record.

The Professional Football Researchers Association named Albert to the PRFA Hall of Very Good Class of 2007 [4]

Later life

After football, Albert got into real estate as he helped raise three daughters with his high school sweetheart and wife of 60 years, Martha.[5] All three of his daughters attended Stanford. One of his daughters, Jane Albert Willens, ’67, was an All-American tennis player at the Farm.

He died on September 4, 2002, from Alzheimer's disease. In addition to his wife, Martha, Albert is survived by his three daughters, Nancy James, of Bend, Ore., Jane Willens, of Palo Alto, and Terry Levin, of San Francisco; and his seven grandchildren.[6]


  1. ^ NFL story Archived October 28, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Hession, Joseph (1985). "FRANKIE ALBERT: "MR. 49ER"". The Coffin Corner. 7 (5).
  3. ^ Maher, Tod; Gill, Bob (2013). The Canadian Pro Football Encyclopedia: Every Player, Coach and Game, 1946–2012. Maher Sports Media. p. 141. ISBN 978-0983513667.
  4. ^ "Hall of Very Good Class of 2007". Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Goldstein, Richard (September 9, 2002). "Frankie Albert, a Pioneering Quarterback, Is Dead at 82". New York Times.

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1940 All-Pacific Coast football team

The 1940 All-Pacific Coast football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Pacific Coast teams for the 1940 college football season. The organizations selecting teams in 1940 included the Associated Press (AP) and the United Press (UP).The 1941 Stanford Indians football team compiled an undefeated 10-0 record, were ranked #2 in the final AP Poll, and had six players receiving first-team honors: quarterback Frankie Albert (AP, UP), halfback Pete Kmetovic (AP), fullback Norm Standlee (AP, UP), end Fred Mayer (AP), and tackles Bob Reinhard and Bruno Banducci (UP).The 1941 Washington Huskies football team finished in second place with a 5-4 record and was represented by four players on either the AP or UP first team: halfback Dean McAdams (AP, UP), end Jay MacDowell (AP, UP), guard Ray Frankowski (AP, UP), and center Rudy Mucha (AP, UP).No players from teams outside the PCC received first-team honors from the AP or UP.

1941 All-Pacific Coast football team

The 1941 All-Pacific Coast football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Pacific Coast teams for the 1941 college football season. The organizations selecting teams in 1941 included the Associated Press (AP) and the United Press (UP).Oregon State won the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) championship with an 8-2 record, finished the season ranked #12 in the final AP Poll, and was represented by center Quentin Greenough on the AP and UP teams. Washington State compiled a 6-4 record, was ranked #19 in the final AP Poll, and landed three players on either the AP or UP teams: halfback Billy Sewell (AP, UP) and ends Nick Susoeff (AP, UP) and Dale Gentry (AP). Despite finishing in fourth place, Stanford also had three players receiving first-team honors: quarterback Frankie Albert (AP, UP), guard Chuck Taylor (AP, UP), and end Fred Mayer (UP),No players from teams outside the PCC received first-team honors from the AP or UP.

1941 Rose Bowl

The 1941 Rose Bowl, played on January 1, 1941, was an American football bowl game. It was the 27th Rose Bowl Game with the #7 ranked Cornhuskers taking on the #2 ranked Stanford Indians. At the end of the 2017 college football season, this game stands as the only meeting between these two football programs. The final score was a 21–13 Stanford victory. This was the Cornhuskers' first bowl game.

1941 Stanford Indians football team

The 1941 Stanford Indians football team represented Stanford University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) intercollegiate competition during the 1941 season. Second-year head coach Clark Shaughnessy led the team to a 6–3 record. Before the season, Stanford, which the year prior had finished 10–0, was considered a favorite for the national championship, but three conference losses put it out of contention for a return to the Rose Bowl. After the season, Shaughnessy left Stanford to take over as head coach at the University of Maryland.

1942 Saint Mary's Pre-Flight Air Devils football team

The 1942 Saint Mary's Pre-Flight Air Devils football team represented the United States Navy pre-flight school at Saint Mary's College of California during the 1942 college football season. The team compiled a 6–3–1 record and outscored opponents by a total of 210 to 92.Tex Oliver was the head coach. Two members of the team were named to the 1942 All-Navy All-America football team: Joe Ruetz at right guard and Frankie Albert at quarterback. In addition, Tom Smith (right guard) and Bob Koch (right halfback) were named to the 1942 All-Navy Preflight Cadet All-America team.

1949 Cleveland Browns season

The 1949 Cleveland Browns season was the team's fourth and final season in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC). The Browns finished the regular season with a 9–1–2 win–loss–tie record and beat the San Francisco 49ers to win their fourth straight league championship. In the season's sixth game on October 9, 1949, the 49ers stopped the Browns' professional football record unbeaten streak after 29 games. The streak started two years before on October 19, 1947, and included two league championship games and two ties.

Cleveland made numerous roster moves before the season, adding tackle Derrell Palmer, linebacker Tommy Thompson and defensive back Warren Lahr, all of whom remained with the team for many years afterward. It was clear even before the season began, however, that the AAFC was struggling and might not survive beyond the 1949 season. The regular season was shortened to 12 games and a new system where the top four teams would participate in a two-week playoff was put into place.

The Browns began the season with a tie against the Buffalo Bills, but won their next four games. Following their loss to the 49ers in the sixth game of the season, the Browns won all but one of their remaining regular-season games, another tie with the Bills. The team finished atop the AAFC standings and faced the Bills in a league semifinal that they won, 31–21. The Browns then beat the 49ers in the championship game, shortly after AAFC and National Football League (NFL) owners agreed to a deal where the Browns, 49ers and Baltimore Colts would merge into the NFL starting in 1950 and the rest of the AAFC teams would cease to exist.

Browns players including quarterback Otto Graham, end Mac Speedie and linebacker Lou Saban were named to sportswriters' All-Pro lists after the season, while head coach Paul Brown was named AAFC coach of the year by Sporting News. Graham led the league in passing for the third time in a row, while Speedie was the league leader in yards and receptions. Fullback Marion Motley was the AAFC's all-time leading rusher. While the Browns were successful in the AAFC, winning all four of its championships, many people doubted that they could match up against NFL teams. Cleveland went on to win the 1950 NFL championship.

1950 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1950 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's first season in the NFL, after playing the previous four years in the All-America Football Conference, which folded after the 1949 season. The 49ers, Baltimore Colts, and Cleveland Browns all joined the NFL from the AAFC.

San Francisco's first NFL game was at Kezar Stadium on September 17 against the New York Yanks, as the 49ers fell short, losing by a score of 21–17. They started the season 0–5 before recording their first NFL victory in a 28–27 victory over the Detroit Lions at home. The Niners played better after the 0–5 start, went 3–4 in their remaining 7 games to finish the season 3–9, and failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Quarterback Frankie Albert completed 50.7% of his passes, while throwing for 14 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. Running back Joe Perry rushed for a team-high 647 yards and 5 touchdowns, while wide receiver Alyn Beals caught 22 passes for 315 yards, and 3 touchdowns.

1951 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1951 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's second season in the NFL and sixth overall. The team was coming off a 3–9–0 record in 1950.

The 49ers would win their first ever NFL road game on October 14 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, after losing their first 7 in the league. The Niners would be in playoff contention all year long, finishing 7–4–1, just a half game out of first place in the National Conference. Their biggest win of the season was a 44–17 victory over their California rivals, the Los Angeles Rams.

Frankie Albert and Y. A. Tittle would split time at quarterback, with Albert throwing for 1,116 yards, while Tittle would lead the club with 8 TD's and completing 55.3% of his passes. Joe Perry would once again lead the team in rushing with 677 yards and 3 TD's, and wide receiver Gordie Soltau would lead the club with 59 catches for 826 yards and 7 TD's.

1952 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1952 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's third season in the NFL and seventh season overall; they were coming off a 7–4–1 record in 1951.

The 49ers started the season by winning each of their first five games by at least 2 touchdowns, and had visions of playing in their first ever NFL Championship game. However, the 49ers lost five of their final 7 games to finish the year at 7–5–0, and in 3rd place in the NFC.

Y. A. Tittle emerged as the starting quarterback, as he havda completion rate of 51.0% along with 11 TDs and 1,407 yards. Frankie Albert also had some action, completing 55.0% of his passes, along with 8 TDs and 964 yards.

Joe Perry rushed for a team high 725 yards and 8 TDs, while Hugh McElhenny had 684 yards on 98 attempts (7.0 yards/carry), along with 6 rushing TDs, while he caught 26 passes for 367 yards and earned another three touchdowns. Gordie Soltau led the club with 55 receptions for 774 yards, and 7 TDs.

1956 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1956 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's seventh season in the National Football League (NFL), and was coming off a 4–8–0 record, finishing in 5th place in the Western Conference.

San Francisco brought in a new head coach for the second straight season, as Red Strader was replaced with former 49ers quarterback Frankie Albert, who played with the team from their AAFC days in 1946 until 1952.

The Niners got off to a rough start, winning only 1 of their first 7 games to sit in last place in the Western Conference. San Francisco went unbeaten in their final 5 games, and finished the year with a 5–6–1, and in 3rd place in the Conference.

Offensively, Y. A. Tittle threw for a team-high 1,641 yards and 7 touchdowns, and had 56.9% of his passes completed. Hugh McElhenny rushed for a team-best 916 yards and 8 touchdowns, while Billy Wilson caught a club-high 60 receptions for 889 yards, along with 5 touchdowns. Bob St. Clair blocked ten Field Goal attempts.

Albert (surname)

Albert is a surname, and may refer to:

Abraham Adrian Albert (1905–1972), American mathematician

Barbara Albert, Austrian film-producer and director

Carl Albert, American politician

Daniel Albert (footballer) (born 1971), Israeli football player

Daniel G. Albert (1901–1983), New York politician and judge

Daniel M. Albert (born 1936), American ophthalmologist and cancer researcher

Darren Albert, Australian rugby league player

David Albert, American professor

Delia Albert, Filipino diplomat

Eddie Albert, American actor

Edward Albert, American actor, son of Eddie Albert

Eugène Albert, Belgian clarinet maker

Eugen d'Albert, Scottish pianist/composer

Flórián Albert, Hungarian football striker

Frankie Albert, American NFL quarterback

Hans Albert (born 1921), German philosopher

Heinrich Albert, German lawyer and spy

JD Albert, American engineer, educator and inventor

Joan Albert (1943-2012), American artist

Jodi Albert, British actress/singer

John David Albert, (1810 – 1899), mountain man

Kenny Albert, American sportscaster, son of Marv Albert

Kurt Albert (1954–2010), German climber

Laura Albert, alleged American author of a literary hoax

Laura Albert (academic), American operations researcher

Marcelin Albert (1851–1921), French cafe owner who led the 1907 revolt of the Languedoc winegrowers.

Marko Albert, Estonian triathlete

Marv Albert, American sportscaster

Michael Albert, American author/editor

Michel Albert, French economist

Mildred Albert, American fashion show producer and radio and television personality

Morris Albert, Brazilian singer/songwriter

Philippe Albert, Belgian football defender

Sergio Albert (born 1951), American football player

Stephen Albert, American composer

Stew Albert, American activist

Susan Wittig Albert, American author

Thérèse Albert, French actress

Thomas Albert, American composer and educator.

Wellington Albert, Papua New Guinean Rugby League player

Wilhelm Albert (disambiguation), several people with this name

William Albert, American Congressman

Buck Shaw

Lawrence Timothy "Buck" Shaw (March 28, 1899 – March 19, 1977) was an American football player and coach. He was the head coach for Santa Clara University, the University of California, Berkeley, the San Francisco 49ers, the United States Air Force Academy, and the Philadelphia Eagles. He attended the University of Notre Dame, where he became a star player on Knute Rockne's first unbeaten team. He started his coaching career with one year as head coach at North Carolina State and four years as a line coach at Nevada in Reno.

At Santa Clara, he compiled an impressive 47–10–4 (.803) record; his first two teams posted consecutive Sugar Bowl wins over LSU. After war-time service, his only team at California went 4–5–1 in 1945. In 1946, Shaw became the San Francisco 49ers' first head coach in the old All-America Football Conference and continued through 1954; they entered the National Football League in from 1950. After two seasons as the first Air Force Academy varsity head coach (1956–1957), he returned to the NFL in 1958 with Philadelphia. He stepped down after three seasons, following their win in the championship game over Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers.

Frankie and Johnny (song)

"Frankie and Johnny" (sometimes spelled "Frankie and Johnnie"; also known as "Frankie and Albert" or just "Frankie") is a traditional American popular song. It tells the story of a woman, Frankie, who finds her man Johnny making love to another woman and shoots him dead. Frankie is then arrested; in some versions of the song she is also executed.

List of San Francisco 49ers head coaches

There have been 19 head coaches in the history of the San Francisco 49ers professional football franchise. The San Francisco 49ers franchise was formed in 1946 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) before joining the National Football League (NFL) in 1950 after the AAFC merger with the NFL. Buck Shaw became the first head coach of the 49ers in 1946, serving for nine seasons—four in the AAFC and five in the NFL. He coached a number of future College and Pro Football Hall of Famers, such as Frankie Albert, Joe Perry, Leo Nomellini, Y. A. Tittle, Bob St. Clair and Hugh McElhenny.In terms of tenure, Bill Walsh has coached more games (152) and more complete seasons (10) than any other head coach in 49ers franchise history. He led the 49ers to playoff appearances in seven seasons, three of which led to the Super Bowl championship, in 1981, 1984 and 1988. Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Charles Haley, Ronnie Lott, Johnny Davis, Roger Craig, Fred Dean and Steve Young are among the players Walsh has coached in his career.Four 49ers coaches—Dick Nolan, Bill Walsh, George Seifert, and Jim Harbaugh—have been named coach of the year by at least one major news organization. Walsh, Jack Christiansen and Mike Singletary are the only 49ers coaches currently in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Walsh was selected for his coaching contributions. Singletary and Christiansen were voted into the Hall of Fame primarily for their defensive play. Four times in 49ers history has there been an "interim" head coach. Three games into the 1963 season, coach Red Hickey resigned and was replaced by Jack Christiansen. Christiansen coached the 49ers to a 2–9 record in the remainder of the season and came back to coach the team for four more years. In 1978, Pete McCulley was fired after coaching the 49ers to a 1–8 record. He was replaced by offensive coordinator Fred O'Connor, who was himself fired after leading the 49ers to one win in their final seven games. After a 2–5 start to the 2008 season, Mike Nolan was fired and replaced by Mike Singletary, who finished the season 5–4 and became the official head coach following that season. After a 5–10 start to the 2010 season, Mike Singletary was fired and replaced by Jim Tomsula for the final 49ers game of the 2010 season. Stanford University head coach Jim Harbaugh succeeded Tomsula as head coach in January 2011, and led the franchise to the NFC Championship Game, where the 49ers lost in overtime to the New York Giants. The following season, the 49ers reached Super Bowl XLVII, where they faced off against the Baltimore Ravens, coached by Jim's older brother John Harbaugh. The 49ers trailed by as many as 22 points during the game, but ultimately lost 34–31 to the Ravens; the 49ers losing a Super Bowl for the first time.

List of San Francisco 49ers starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the 49ers.

List of Sugar Bowl broadcasters

Television network, play-by-play and color commentator(s) for the Sugar Bowl from 1953 to the present.

Norm Standlee

Norman S. "Norm" Standlee (July 19, 1919 in Downey, California – January 5, 1981 in Mountain View, California) was an American football fullback and, later in his career, linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL. He was drafted out of Stanford University by the Chicago Bears in 1941. He paid immediate dividends by finishing fourth in the league in rushing with a total of 414 yards and second in average per carry with 5.1. He helped the Chicago Bears to the league championship title over the New York Giants that year before serving in the armed forces in World War II.

Standlee was also the first fullback for the San Francisco 49ers of the All-America Football Conference, playing with Frankie Albert, Johnny Strzykalski, and Len Eshmont in that first backfield of the 49ers.

On January 5, 1981, he died of natural causes in a motel room. He was 61.

The Spirit of Stanford

The Spirit of Stanford is a 1942 American drama film directed by Charles Barton and written by Howard J. Green, William Brent and Nick Lukats. The film stars Frankie Albert, Marguerite Chapman, Matt Willis, Shirley Patterson, Kay Harris and Robert Kellard. The film was released on October 8, 1942, by Columbia Pictures.


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