KENTFIELD, Calif. -- Sam Chapman, who led the University of
California football team to its last Rose Bowl victory in 1938 but
chose a career in professional baseball, has died. He was 90.
Chapman suffered from Alzheimer's and died on Dec. 22 at
an assisted-living facility in Kentfield.
Chapman earned the nickname "Tiburon Terror" during his years
playing high school football in Marin County. He worked as a welder
on the nearly-completed Golden Gate Bridge the summer before
starting with the Bears his sophomore year.
The Washington Redskins drafted Chapman after
graduation, but the versatile athlete instead went on to start as
an outfielder for the Philadelphia Athletics under owner-manager
and Hall of Famer Connie Mack.