Stan Robb

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Stan Robb
Personal information
Born:(1899-09-19)September 19, 1899
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US
Died:January 9, 1959(1959-01-09) (aged 59)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Peabody (PA)
Mercersburg (PA)
College:Centre, West Virginia Wesleyan
Position:End, guard, tackle
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:3
Games started:3
Player stats at · PFR

Stanley Rankin Robb (September 19, 1899 – January 9, 1959) was an American football lineman and end who played one season in the National Football League (NFL) for the Canton Bulldogs. He played college football at Centre and West Virginia Wesleyan and also played for several other professional teams.

Early life and education[edit]

Robb's World War I registration card

Robb was born on September 19, 1899, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1] He attended Peabody High School where he played football as a tackle, being described as a "star" player.[2][3] Robb also attended for a time Mercersburg Academy.[4] Around 1917, he registered for World War I.[5] After graduating from high school, he assisted in coaching the linemen at Peabody in 1918.[3] The following year, he was reported as having joined the football team at Penn State College,[2] although a news article from 1920 said that he had played for The Kiski School that year, being a "star guard."[6]

Robb began playing college football for the Centre Praying Colonels in 1920, appearing as a right guard, left guard,[7] and end.[8][9] He appeared in a number of games for the team, including their match that season against the Harvard Crimson.[10] In the 1920 season finale against TCU, he blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown.[8] Robb was known for his speed at end, with one newspaper writing that he "gained national repute as one of the fastest ends ever turned out of Centre College."[11]

Robb left to play for the West Virginia Wesleyan football team in 1921.[10] He had left the team by the 1922 season.[11]

In addition to playing football, Robb achieved "fame" for playing basketball and track and field with his schools.[12] At Centre, he also participated in school minstrel productions.[12]

Professional career[edit]

Robb began his professional football career in September 1922, starting the season as an end for the Holmesburg Athletic Club.[13] By October, he had joined the Philadelphia Quakers.[14] Following the 1922 season, Robb was signed by the Clifton Heights Orange & Black.[11] The Delaware County Daily Times said that, "The reputation of Stanley Robb not only while he starred for Centre College, but while he was played last season with Holmesburg and the Philadelphia Quakers, is such that he needs no formal introduction to county fans."[11] He missed several games early in the season, but returned at the end of October.[15] With Clifton Heights, he was mentioned as being one of the "stars" comprising "one of the greatest collections of college stars ever seen on a Delaware County gridiron."[16]

Robb played in the Anthracite League with the Pottsville Maroons in 1924.[17] The Maroons ended up winning the league championship.[18] Two years later, Robb was signed by the Canton Bulldogs of the National Football League (NFL).[1] He made his NFL debut against the New York Giants on November 2, 1926, and scored a touchdown in the 7–7 tie.[19] He scored near the end of the game in what was described as a "lucky score" to prevent the Giants from winning.[19] The Canton Daily News reported the play as follows:

That lucky touchdown cheated the Giants out of a victory, they well deserved. They outplayed the Bulldogs most of the way and had victory within their reach when Vick, the new quarterback of the Bulldogs threw a forward pass to Ben Roderick, late of Columbia in the last five minutes. Roderick was standing on the five yard line waiting to receive the ball, when a Giant player rushed behind him and knocked the ball out of his arm. But along came Stanley Robb, of the famous Robb family. Robb is fleet of foot and he grabbed the leather sphere out of the air before it hit the ground. All that stood between him and a touchdown was about five yards of turf, and the younger Robb spanned that five yards in two leaps.[19]

Robb appeared in two additional games for the Bulldogs.[20][21] His next game was against the Hartford Blues on November 7, which resulted in a 16–7 loss.[20] He and Ralph Nichols were both ejected after fighting each other.[20] Robb had tackled a Hartford player, and Nichols, upset with the force which he used, grabbed Robb by the shoulders and "pulled him away rather roughly."[20] Robb responded by punching him in the chin, and Nichols then began punching Robb all around before the official broke up the fight and dismissed both of them.[20] His final game came against the Providence Steamrollers on November 11,[21] after which he left the team.[22]

Robb returned to the Clifton Heights Orange & Black in 1927.[23]

Personal life and death[edit]

Robb's brother Harry played college football at Penn State,[10] and later played with him at Pottsville[17][24] and Canton.[25] Stan played under his brother, who both played and served as head coach, with Canton in 1926.[26]

Robb married Beatrice M. Ritter in November 1937.[27] He registered for World War II in February 1942.[28] Robb died on January 9, 1959, at the age of 59.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Stan Robb Stats".
  2. ^ a b "Untitled". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 9, 1919. p. 14 – via open access
  3. ^ a b "Peabody High Lacks Game for Oct. 5". Pittsburgh Daily Post. September 15, 1918. p. 19 – via open access
  4. ^ a b "Stan Robb Stats". Pro Football Archives.
  5. ^ United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.
  6. ^ "Star Players Attend Center". Evening Public Ledger. September 16, 1920. p. 16 – via open access
  7. ^ Davis, Ralph (November 13, 1920). "Peabody's All-American Eleven". The Pittsburgh Press. p. 10 – via open access
  8. ^ a b "Robb Arrives". The Advocate-Messenger. January 8, 1921. p. 3. Retrieved January 28, 2023 – via open access
  9. ^ "Centre Is Beaten But Not Disgraced By Harvard, 31-14". Buffalo Courier. October 24, 1920. p. 47 – via open access
  10. ^ a b c "Stanley Robb to Report". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. September 17, 1921. p. 11. Retrieved January 28, 2023 – via open access
  11. ^ a b c d "Six College Stars Sign For Clifton Football Team". Delaware County Daily Times. August 9, 1923. p. 10 – via open access
  12. ^ a b "College Men Stage Minstrel Performance". The Advocate-Messenger. April 20, 1921. p. 1 – via open access
  13. ^ Dallas, William S. (September 28, 1922). "Holmesburg Has Capable Lineup". Evening Public Ledger. p. 17 – via NewspaperArchive.
  14. ^ "Quakers To Bring Line-Up Of Stars". Washington Herald. October 27, 1922. p. 7 – via NewspaperArchive.
  15. ^ "Clifton Heights Strengthened For Magnolia Battle". Delaware County Daily Times. October 26, 1923. p. 16 – via open access
  16. ^ "Clifton Hts. Eleven Has Stiff Schedule". The Philadelphia Inquirer. September 23, 1923. p. 20 – via NewspaperArchive.
  17. ^ a b "Pottsville Defeats Wilkes-Barre, 34-0". Reading Times. October 6, 1924. p. 13 – via open access
  18. ^ Zagorski, Joe (1987). "The Anthracite Football League" (PDF). The Coffin Corner. No. 8. Pro Football Researchers Association.
  19. ^ a b c "Canton Bulldogs Stage Comeback to Tie New York Giants". Canton Daily News. November 3, 1926. p. 12 – via NewspaperArchive.
  20. ^ a b c d e Young, Leslie A. (November 8, 1925). "Darkness Ends Canton Bulldogs-Blues Game With Hartford In Front 16-7". Hartford Courant. p. 12 – via open access
  21. ^ a b "Oden Runs Wild As Steamrollers Crush Bulldogs". Hartford Courant. November 12, 1926. p. 14 – via open access
  22. ^ "Sachs And Roberts Signed By Bulldogs To Finish Campaign". Canton Daily News. November 17, 1926. p. 10 – via NewspaperArchive.
  23. ^ Speecan, Frank Lee (October 3, 1927). "Clifton Downs East Falls; P. M. C. Defeats Prospect F. C." Delaware County Daily Times. p. 11 – via open access
  24. ^ "Henry And Robb Signed By Pottsville". Mount Carmel Item. September 3, 1924. p. 4 – via open access
  25. ^ "Harry Robb Stats".
  26. ^ "Harry Robb Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks".
  27. ^ "Miss Ritter Wedded". The Evening News. November 29, 1937. p. 5 – via open access
  28. ^ National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for Pennsylvania, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947.