Edward Earley

Category
2003
About This Inductee

Eddie graduated from St. John Evangelist High School in Pittston in 1936 where he excelled in football, baseball and basketball. In 1937, Eddie played with Mertz Hardware Softball Team. He was part of the championship team of the Merchant’s League. For the next two years, Eddie attended Wyoming Seminary where he continued to play football, baseball and basketball. He captained the basketball team from his forward post, was an end of the football squad and played at shortstop and second base in baseball. In baseball as a member of the Dribblers in 1939, he led the team with a .466 batting average, led in most runs scored (21), most hits (26), most runs batted in and tied for most triples and doubles. As football team captain, he was a fine pass receiver. Eddie was also a member of the fabled Keystone A.C. basketball team and was also a regular member of the Pittston Oilers football and basketball teams. His football prowess at end earned him an athletic scholarship to Syracuse University. He played freshman football in 1940 and had an outstanding year with the varsity in 1941 before the war erupted. Eddie finished his sophomore year before joining the Army in July 1942. His tour of duty took him to England and Northern Ireland where he remained for the duration of the war. In September 1946 he returned to Syracuse but unfortunately due to an injury unrelated to football, Eddie could not continue to participate in collegiate sports. Eddie, now retried, was married to the former Betty Brown, now deceased. Eddie currently resides in Kettering, Ohio.