Keith Molesworth

Keith Frank Molesworth (October 20, 1905 – March 12, 1966[1]) was an American football player and coach. He also played and managed in minor league baseball.

Keith Molesworth
Position:Halfback / Quarterback
Personal information
Born:October 20, 1905
Washington, Iowa
Died:March 12, 1966 (aged 60)
Baltimore, Maryland
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:167 lb (76 kg)
Career information
High school:Washington (IA)
College:Monmouth (IL)
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early life

Molesworth was born in Washington, Iowa and graduated from Washington High School. When he was 17 years old, Molesworth stood 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m) tall and weighed 98 pounds (44 kg). Due to his size, he never started a prep football game. Molesworth started growing during the following year, never growing larger than 5′9″ and 167 lb.; however, this spurt started his career in sports.

College career

Molesworth went to Monmouth College located in Monmouth, Illinois, where he won three letters each in four varsity sports football, basketball, baseball and track. He became one of the rare 12-letter performers in the history of Monmouth College. He was elected to the Monmouth College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984. He graduated from Monmouth College in 1928.

Professional career

Molesworth played as a professional for nine years, the last seven in both baseball and football. Four of the baseball seasons were in Minor league baseball. Molesworth played football for the independent professional Ironton Tanks, who helped defeat the Bears in November 1930 and impressing George Halas in the process. After the Ironton Tanks folded in 1931, he tried out for the Bears and went on to play seven seasons with the team, where he was the T-formation quarterback in a backfield that included Red Grange and Bronko Nagurski. The 1932 and 1933 Bears were National Football League champions. He was elected to the State of Iowa Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.

Coaching career

Molesworth spent eight years as the backfield coach at the U.S. Naval Academy, then six more as a semipro football coach and one year doubling as a minor-league baseball manager, before becoming backfield coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1952.

He was head coach of the Baltimore Colts in 1953, the first season of that franchise's existence. He remained with the club as a vice president and director of personnel until dying of a heart attack on March 12, 1966, while seeding his lawn, at the age of 60.


  1. ^ Retrieved October 18, 2015

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1932 All-Pro Team

The 1932 All-Pro Team consisted of American football players chosen by various selectors for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1932 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, seven of the eight NFL coaches for the Associated Press (AP), the United Press, and Collyer's Eye (CE).Five players were selected for the first team by all three selectors: Portsmouth Spartans quarterback Dutch Clark; Chicago Bears fullback Bronko Nagurski; New York Giants end Ray Flaherty; Green Bay Packers tackle Cal Hubbard; and Chicago Bears guard Zuck Carlson.

1932 Chicago Bears season

The 1932 Chicago Bears season was their 13th regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 7–1–6 record under third year head coach Ralph Jones.

1936 Chicago Bears season

The 1936 Chicago Bears season was their 17th regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 9–3–0 record and finished in second place in the Western Division behind the Green Bay Packers. After week 10, the Bears were tied with the Packers in first place with identical 9–1 records, having split their season series. However, the club swooned at the end of the year, losing their last two games on the road to Detroit and the Cardinals. Green Bay went on to easily defeat the Boston Redskins and win the NFL title.

1938 Chicago Bears season

The 1938 Chicago Bears season was their 19th regular season completed in the National Football League. They finished third in the Western Division and did not make the championship game. The Bears started the season well, winning 4 of their first 5 games. However, two upset losses to the Cleveland Rams, two losses to the Detroit Lions, and a loss to Green Bay prevented the Bears from competing in the West.

1946 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1946 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished sixth in the National League with a record of 67–87, 30 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals.

1953 NFL season

The 1953 NFL season was the 34th regular season of the National Football League. The names of the American and National conferences were changed to the Eastern and Western conferences.

Meanwhile, a Baltimore, Maryland, group headed by Carroll Rosenbloom was granted an NFL team, and was awarded the holdings of the defunct Dallas Texans organization. The new team was named the Baltimore Colts, after the previous team that folded after the 1950 season. The 12 teams of this NFL season continued for the rest of the 1950s; these teams became known as "old-line" teams as they predated the 1960 launch of the American Football League.

The 1953 season ended on December 27 with the NFL championship game; the Detroit Lions defeated the Cleveland Browns for the second year in a row.

1954 NFL season

The 1954 NFL season was the 35th regular season of the National Football League. The season ended when the Cleveland Browns defeated the Detroit Lions in the NFL Championship Game.

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Molesworth (surname)

Molesworth is a surname, and may refer to:

Caroline Molesworth (1794-1872), British botanist and meteorologist

Carlton Molesworth (1876-1961), baseball player

George Molesworth (1890–1968), English army officer

Guilford Lindsey Molesworth (1828-1925), English civil engineer

Hender Molesworth, 1st Baronet (1638–1639), Governor of Jamaica

James Thomas Molesworth (1795–1871), English military officer and lexicographer, nephew of 6th Viscount Molesworth

Keith Molesworth (1905-1966), American football player

Mary Louisa Molesworth (1839–1921), English children’s writer

Maud Margaret 'Mall' Molesworth (1894–1985) (née Mutch), Australian tennis player

Nigel Molesworth, schoolboy protagonist of the Molesworth series of books written by Geoffrey Willans, with cartoons by Ronald Searle

Percy B. Molesworth (1867–1908), British military officer and amateur astronomer

Richard Molesworth, 3rd Viscount Molesworth, PC (1680–1758), British military officer

Robert Molesworth (disambiguation), several people

Thomas C. Molesworth (1890-1977), American furniture designer

Voltaire Molesworth (1890–1934), Australian politician

William Molesworth (disambiguation), several people

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