Famous Masons

Many men throughout history have been members of our fraternity.

In these pages we will present you with them and try to impress upon you the great men that have been Masons.

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Photo of Charles Adams Charles Adams National Hockey League Developer

A native of Newport, Charles F. Adams was a successful New England businessman who went on to found the Boston Bruins in 1924, the first American franchise in the National Hockey League. A graduate of Newport High School, Adams's business career began in his hometown and Springfield, Vermont before moving to the Boston area where he was the founder of the First National Stores grocery chain.…

Photo of Benjamin James Agajanian Benjamin Agajanian Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former American football player in Armenian origin. He was born in Santa Ana, California. A placekicker, he played college football at the University of New Mexico. He played professionally in the National Football League from 1945 through 1959, then in the newly formed American Football League for the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers in 1960, 1961, and 1964.…

Photo of Dana Xenophon Bible Dana Bible Football Coaches Hall of Fame

American football player, coach of football, basketball, and baseball, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Mississippi College (1913?1915), Louisiana State University (1916), Texas A&M University (1917, 1919?1928), the University of Nebraska (1929?1936), and the University of Texas (1937?1946), compiling a career college football record of 198?72?23. Bible was also the head basketball coach at Texas A&M from 1920 to 1927 and the head baseball coach there from 1920 to 1921.…

Photo of Avery Brundage Avery Brundage U.S. Olympic President

Fifth president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), serving from 1952 to 1972. The only American to attain that position, Brundage is remembered as a zealous advocate of amateurism, and for his involvement with the 1936 and 1972 Summer Olympics, both held in Germany.

Photo of Ken Burkhart Ken Burkhart National League Umpire

American right-handed pitcher and umpire in Major League Baseball. From 1945 through 1949 he played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1945?48) and Cincinnati Reds (1948?49), and he served as a National League umpire from 1957 to 1973.

Photo of Albert Chandler Albert Chandler Member Baseball Hall of Fame

Albert Benjamin ?Happy? Chandler, Sr. was a politician from the U.S. state of Kentucky. He represented the state in the U.S. Senate and served as its 44th and 49th governor. Aside from his political positions, he also served as the second Commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1945 to 1951 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.…

Photo of Larry Christenson Larry Christenson Baseball (RHP)

Larry Richard ?L.C.? Christenson, is a former professional baseball pitcher who played his entire career for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1973?1983. Christenson made his major-league debut on April 13, 1973, and beat the New York Mets 7?1, pitching a complete game. At the time, he was the youngest player in the Major Leagues at 19; he would remain so until 18-year-old David Clyde debuted for the Texas Rangers on June 27 of that same season.…

Photo of Ty Cobb Ty Cobb Baseball Player

Tyrus Raymond ?Ty? Cobb, nicknamed ?The Georgia Peach,? was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder. He was born in rural Narrows, Georgia. Cobb spent 22 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, the last six as the team?s player-manager, and finished his career with the Philadelphia Athletics. In 1936 Cobb received the most votes of any player on the inaugural Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, receiving 222 out of a possible 226 votes.

Photo of Gordon Stanley Cochrane Gordon Cochrane Baseball Hall of Fame

Black Mike, was an American professional baseball player and manager. He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the Philadelphia Athletics and Detroit Tigers. Cochrane was considered one of the best catchers in baseball history and is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Photo of Earle Combs Earle Combs Baseball Hall of Fame

American professional baseball player who played his entire career for the New York Yankees (1924?1935). Combs batted leadoff and played center field on the Yankees' fabled 1927 team (often referred to as Murderers' Row). He is one of six players on that team who have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame; the other five are Waite Hoyt, Herb Pennock, Tony Lazzeri, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.…

Photo of Charles Deal Charles Deal 3rd Baseman Detroit Tigers

Professional baseball player who played third base in the Major Leagues from 1912 to 1921. He would play for the Chicago Cubs, Boston Braves, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Terriers, and Detroit Tigers. In 1914, Deal was a member of the Braves team that went from last place to first place in two months, becoming the first team to win a pennant after being in last place on the Fourth of July.…

Photo of Jack Dempsey Jack Dempsey Boxer

Known as ?Kid Blackie? and ?The Manassa Mauler?, was an American professional boxer, who became a cultural icon of the 1920s. Dempsey held the World Heavyweight Championship from 1919 to 1926, and his aggressive style and exceptional punching power made him one of the most popular boxers in history. Many of his fights set financial and attendance records, including the first million-dollar gate.…

Photo of Jack Elway Jack Elway Football Coach

John Albert ?Jack? Elway, Sr. was an American football player and head coach. He was the father of John Elway, a Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback.

Photo of Charles Finley Charles Finley Owner of Kansas City Athletics

Nicknamed Charlie O or Charley O, was an American businessman who is best remembered for his tenure as the owner of Major League Baseball?s Oakland Athletics. Finley purchased the franchise while it was located in Kansas City, moving it to Oakland in 1968.

Photo of Sidney Gillman Sidney Gillman Coach Football Hall of Fame

American football player, coach, executive, and innovator. Gillman?s insistence on stretching the football field by throwing deep downfield passes, instead of short passes to running backs or wide receivers at the sides of the line of scrimmage, was instrumental in making football into the modern game that it is today. Gillman played football as an end at Ohio State University from 1931 to 1933.…

Photo of Henry Roy Hamey Henry Hamey GM New York Yankees

American front-office executive in Major League Baseball. A longtime employee of the New York Yankees, he reached the pinnacle of his career when he was appointed the general manager of the Yanks in November 1960. Although he inherited a pennant winner from his predecessor, George Weiss, Hamey maintained the Yankee standard. He produced three additional American League champions and two World Series champions in his three full seasons in the GM chair, before retiring in the autumn of 1963.

Photo of Fred Girard Haney Fred Haney GM Los Angeles Angels

American third baseman, manager, coach and executive in Major League Baseball. As a manager, he won two pennants and a world championship with the Milwaukee Braves and, as an executive, he was the first general manager of the expansion Los Angeles Angels of the American League. Indeed, for years Haney was one of the most popular baseball figures in Los Angeles.…

Photo of Orin Ercel Hollingbery Orin Hollingbery Football Coaches Hall of Fame

American football coach, the head coach at the State College of Washington, now Washington State University, for 17 seasons. He served from 1926 to 1942 and compiled a record of 93?53?14 (.625). Hollingbery?s 93 wins are the most by any coach in the history of the Cougar football. He was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

Photo of Samuel Jon Hornish Jr. Samuel Hornish Jr. 2006 Indianapolis 500 Champion

American auto racing driver. He currently competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 9 Ford Fusion for Richard Petty Motorsports. Hornish first competed in the World Karting Association. Hornish begin to compete the U.S. F2000 National Championship in 1996 and the Atlantic Championship in 1999. Hornish began to compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2000 for PDM Racing.…

Photo of Rogers Hornsby, Sr. Rogers Hornsby, Sr. Baseball Player

Nicknamed ?The Rajah?, was an American baseball infielder, manager, and coach who played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). He played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1915?1926, 1933), New York Giants (1927), Boston Braves (1928), Chicago Cubs (1929?1932), and St. Louis Browns (1933?1937). Hornsby had 2,930 hits and 301 home runs in his career; his career .358 batting average is second only to Ty Cobb?s average.…

Photo of Frederick John Hume Frederick Hume Hockey Hall of Fame

The 28th mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia, from 1951 to 1958. He was born in New Westminster, British Columbia, where he served as mayor from 1933 to 1942. Although he was living in West Vancouver, he won election as Vancouver?s mayor. Hume owned the WHL Vancouver Canucks, and was an active supporter of the NHL expansion to Vancouver.…

Photo of Robert Yale Lary Robert Lary Football Hall of Fame

After graduating from North Side High School in 1949, he attended Texas A&M University, where he was a standout in football and baseball. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round in the 1952 NFL Draft. Lary was a superlative defensive back from 1956 to 1964, with time out for a tour of Army duty in 1954-55.…

Photo of Athol Layton Athol Layton Canadian Wrestling Star

From Australia. Moved to Ontario at age 30 in 1950 and remained here until his death in 1984. A giant at around 6'5", he frequently used "judo chops" through his career. Began wrestling in 1948. In North America, Layton worked as an wrestler and TV commentator -- primarily with Frank Tunney in Toronto and The Sheik in Detroit.…

Photo of Theodore Amar Lyons Theodore Lyons Baseball Hall of Fame

American professional baseball starting pitcher, manager and coach in Major League Baseball (MLB). He played MLB seasons, all with the Chicago White Sox. He is the franchise leader in wins. Lyons won 20 or more games three times (in 1925, 1927, and 1930) and became a fan favorite in Chicago. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.…

Photo of Leo Robert Meyer Leo Meyer Football Coaches Hall of Fame

American football, basketball, and baseball player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Texas Christian University from 1934 to 1952, compiling a record of 109?79?13. His TCU Horned Frogs football teams of 1935 and 1938 have been recognized as national champions. Meyer was also the head basketball coach at TCU from 1934 to 1937, tallying a mark of 10?37, and the head baseball coach at TCU (1926?1934, 1945, 1956?1957), amassing a record of 111?83?1.…

Photo of James Naismith James Naismith Basketball Inventor

Canadian American sports coach and innovator. He invented the sport of basketball in 1891. He wrote the original basketball rulebook, founded the University of Kansas basketball program, and lived to see basketball adopted as an Olympic demonstration sport in 1904 and as an official event at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, as well as the birth of both the National Invitation Tournament (1938) and the NCAA Men?s Division I Basketball Championship (1939).

Photo of Jerry Adolph Narron Jerry Narron Manager of the Cincinnati Reds

American Major League Baseball catcher and manager. He currently serves as the bench coach of the Milwaukee Brewers. During an 8-year playing career, he played from 1979 to 1987 for three different teams. During a 7-year managing career, he managed from 2001 to 2007 for the Texas Rangers and the Cincinnati Reds. He went to college at East Carolina University.…

Photo of John Albert Niehoff John Niehoff Baseball Infielder – Reds

Second baseman in Major League Baseball who played for four different clubs between the 1913 and 1918 seasons. He batted and threw right-handed. A native of Louisville, Colorado, Niehoff entered the majors in 1913 with the Cincinnati Reds, playing for them two years before joining the Philadelphia Phillies (1915?1917), St. Louis Cardinals (1918) and New York Giants (1918).…

Photo of Raymond Ernest Nitschke Raymond Nitschke NFL Football Hall of Fame

American football middle linebacker who spent his entire 15-year National Football League (NFL) career with the Green Bay Packers. Growing up in the outskirts of Chicago, Nitschke had idolized the Bears and he hoped to be chosen by them in the 1958 NFL draft. However, on December 2, 1957, Nitschke was chosen by the Green Bay Packers as the second pick of the third round of the 1958 NFL Draft in what is considered the greatest drafting year in the history of the franchise.…

Photo of Arnold Daniel Palmer Arnold Palmer Golfer

American professional golfer, who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in men?s professional golf history. He has won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, dating back to 1955. Nicknamed ?The King?, he is one of golf?s most popular stars and its most important trailblazer, because he was the first superstar of the sport?s television age, which began in the 1950s.…

Photo of David Gene Pearson David Pearson Three Time Winston Cup Champion

American stock car racer from Spartanburg, South Carolina. Pearson began his NASCAR career in 1960 and ended his first season by winning the 1960 NASCAR Rookie of the Year award. He won three championships (1966, 1968, and 1969) every year he ran the full schedule in NASCAR's Grand National Series (now Sprint Cup Series). NASCAR described his 1974 season as an indication of his "consistent greatness"; that season he finished third in the season points having competed in only 19 of 30 races.

Photo of Sugar Ray Robinson Sugar Robinson Boxing Champion

American professional boxer. Frequently cited as the greatest boxer of all time, Robinson's performances in the welterweight and middleweight divisions prompted sportswriters to create "pound for pound" rankings, where they compared fighters regardless of weight. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

Photo of Jackie Wayne Sherrill Jackie Sherrill Football Coach, Mississippi State

American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Washington State University (1976), the University of Pittsburgh (1977?1981), Texas A&M University (1982?1988), and Mississippi State University (1991?2003), compiling a career college football record of 180?120?4. Sherrill is currently a studio analyst for Fox Sports Net's college football coverage and a writer for Texags.com all the while being a leading member of #TheNetwork.

Photo of Harry Clement Sketchley Harry Sketchley White Sox Outfielder

Right fielder in Major League Baseball. He played for the Chicago White Sox.

Photo of Alexander Gus Spanos Alexander Spanos Owner San Diego Chargers

American real estate developer and self-made billionaire who founded the A. G. Spanos Companies and owns the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL).

Photo of Tristram E Speaker Tristram Speaker Baseball Player

?The Grey Eagle?, was an American baseball player. Considered one of the best offensive and defensive center fielders in the history of Major League Baseball (MLB), he compiled a career batting average of .345 (sixth all-time). His 792 career doubles represent an MLB career record. His 3,514 hits are fifth in all-time hits list. Defensively, Speaker holds career records for assists, double plays, and unassisted double plays by an outfielder.…

Photo of Frederick Arthur Stanley Frederick Stanley Lord Stanley of Preston

Frederick Stanley until 1886 and as Lord Stanley of Preston between 1886 and 1893, was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom who served as Colonial Secretary from 1885 to 1886 and the sixth Governor General of Canada from 1888 to 1893. An avid sportsman, he built Stanley House Stables in England, and is most famous for presenting the Stanley Cup in Canada.…

Photo of Bryan Bartlett Starr Bryan Starr Football Player

American football player and coach. He wore #15 and he was the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers from 1956 to 1971, during which time he became the only quarterback in NFL history to lead a team to five championships (1961?62, 1965?67) as well as Super Bowls I and II. He was less successful as the Packers?…

Photo of William Terry William Terry Baseball Hall of Fame

Major League Baseball first baseman and manager. Considered one of the greatest players of all time, Terry was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954. In 1999, he ranked number 59 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was a nominee for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. The Giants retired Terry's uniform no.…

Photo of Denton True Young Denton Young Baseball Pitcher

American Major League Baseball pitcher. During his 21-year baseball career (1890?1911), he pitched for five different teams. Young established numerous pitching records, some of which have stood for a century. Young compiled 511 wins, which is most in Major League history and 94 ahead of Walter Johnson who is second on the list. Young was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937.

Photo of Carl Eugene Zamloch Carl Zamloch Detroit Tigers Pitcher 

Major League Baseball pitcher, professional magician, and head coach of the University of California baseball and soccer teams. Zamloch also worked as a magician for many years. In the off-season, he toured the country performing a magic act. His father was Anton Zamloch, who was one of the most famous magicians (performing under the name "Zamloch the Great" and "Professor Zamloch") in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century.

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