Pid Purdy

Everett Virgil "Pid" Purdy (June 15, 1904 – January 16, 1951) was an American professional athlete who played in both Major League Baseball and the National Football League. He was a native of Beatrice, Nebraska, and attended Beloit College. He was 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m) tall and weighed 150 pounds (68 kg).

As a baseball player, Purdy was an outfielder who batted left-handed and threw right-handed. His professional career extended from 1923 through 1938 and much of it was spent in minor league baseball in his native Nebraska, where he toiled in the Class A Western League and the Class D Nebraska State League. He compiled a lifetime minor league batting average of .328 in 1,437 games.[1]

Purdy also saw 181 games of Major League service with the Chicago White Sox (1926) and Cincinnati Reds (1927–1929), batting .293 with two home runs and 59 runs batted in.[2]

Meanwhile, he played in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers in 1926 and 1927. At 5' 6", 145 pounds, Purdy is the lightest player to ever throw a touchdown pass in the NFL. [3] He played at the collegiate level at Beloit College.

Purdy died in his hometown of Beatrice at the age of 46.

See also

References

  1. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=purdy-001eve
  2. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/purdypi01.shtml
  3. ^ Player Season Finder Query Results at pro-football-reference.com
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The Packers have had 46 starting quarterbacks (QB) in the history of their franchise. The Packers' past starting quarterbacks include Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Curly Lambeau, Tony Canadeo, Arnie Herber, Bart Starr and Brett Favre. The team's first starting quarterback was Norm Barry, while the longest serving was Brett Favre. The Packers' starting quarterback for the 2018 season was Aaron Rodgers, who was playing in his 14th season in the NFL.

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