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Posted Sept. 6, 2011

Yale Lary

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A three-sport star at Northside High School, Yale Lary always enjoyed baseball more than football or track. While his batting was impressive, his fielding skills were less so. He did not earn the pro baseball contract he wanted, but instead accepted a scholarship to play football at Texas A&M University.

He made all-conference as a halfback in 1951 before being drafted by the Detriot Lions in the third round of the spring 1952 draft. Possessing skill, speed and heart, Lary was named All-NFL four times and played in nine Pro Bowls, including his last game as a professional in 1965. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1979.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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