CLASS OF 1949-1950 VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM
The Class of 1949-1950 Football team is arguable the most dominant team to ever wear the purple and white! This group of athletes, led by Wall of Fame Coach Bill Rodiek, completed a perfect 7-0 season in the fall of 1949, and were Northern Erie County Conference champions. What was remarkable about this season is the dominance that Hamburg demonstrated over their opponents, outscoring them 243-21, and posting 4 shutouts. That’s an average of 34 to 3 per game! Lead by Captain Allan Quinby, this team had two future Hamburg Wall of Famers, Pete Vann and Bob Leberman, playing on this team. To make their story even more legendary, it was the members of this class that won the New York State Sectional championships in football, basketball, baseball and track – the four major sports in 1950. The unprecedented feat of winning the Section VI “Grand Slam” was a first in state history. The legend of this accomplishment is still proudly remembered by the former teammates and their classmates.