Martins Ferry Athletic HOF names five for Class of ’19
Local Sports Jun 16, 2019
JEFF HARRISON For The Times Leader
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Year six for the Martins Ferry High School Athletic Hall of Fame includes a reduction in the number of selections, but the level of excellence remains just as high for the Class of 2019.
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William H. (Bill) Dorsey
(Class of 1933)
A four-year starter and letterman as a fullback/end – a rarity in that era – he served as team captain of the Purple Riders under Coach John Cox during an 8-1-1 record season in 1932. During his four years on the gridiron, Ferry posted a combined 36-3-4 record.
He was also a four-year letterman in track, setting what was then the school record at 48 feet. He also lettered three years in basketball, serving as captain as a senior, and played one year of baseball.
The uncle of 2018 Hall of Fame inductee Raymond “Bill” Dorsey, he was recruited by and signed with the University of Pittsburgh (1934-35), but transferred to Manhattan College where he started for two seasons (1936-37). He was selected as a College All-American in 1939 and played in the College vs. Pro All-Star Game against the New York Giants.
The 6-2, 200-pounder was drafted by and played end for the Newark Bears of the American Professional Football Association, a “farm team” for the NFL’s Chicago Bears, in 1939.
He became head football coach of Powhatan High School in 1940, leading the team to a 9-0 record and tied the valley/state record as the only unbeaten/untied/unscored upon high school team (the other was Steubenville). He was co-coach in the Ohio-West Virginia All-Star Game (the precursor to the OVAC All-Star Game).
Dorsey then served as a Commander in the U.S. Navy from 1942-56, and later became head football coach at St. John Central (1947-50), posting an 18-19-1 record with his 1950 team going 8-2, and finally as head coach at Linsly Military Institute in Wheeling.
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Dorsey, William H. (Bill) [MC????]
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I believe that William is a member of the Class of 1939.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Dorsey, William H. (Bill) [MC1939]
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