Who Was Mannok?

The first person in the back row of the Baylor team photo on page 67, conveniently number 1, is Assistant Coach M. R. Balenti.  Mike Balenti, wearing his red Carlisle letter sweater, stands out from the Baylor players in their uniforms that appear to be light gray with dark gray stripes across the chest.  Perhaps they were gold with green stripes or Baylor used different colors in those days.

The next place Carlisle alums would be found was on the pages reserved for military teams.  Page 92 contains only the photograph of the First Regiment, U. S. Marine Corps, League Island Navy Yard, Philadelphia team.  Players number 25 and 26 are the Garlow brothers, William and James.  William starred at line on some of Carlisle’s powerhouse teams and later coached at West Virginia Wesleyan.  Prior to this, I didn’t know that James had played competitive football.  The page 101 write-up of The U. S. A. Ambulance Service team reported on the game played against the Garlow brothers’ team which was better known as “Eddie Mahan’s All-Stars.”  In a rematch game, Mahan had strengthened his team with the addition of some players that included “Pete Garlow, the Carlisle Indian star tackle.”  The writer probably meant William Garlow as I hadn’t seen him referred to as Pete before.

Page 105 included a discussion of a game between two Army outfits, the 318th and 319th Infantry Units.  “By means of a varied attack and with the clever open field running of Mannok, the former Carlisle Indian star, and the stellar line bucking of Anderson, the 319th emerged victorious by the score of 3—0.”  Another mystery regarding Carlisle just emerged.  I had never heard of anyone by that name associated with Carlisle, football player of otherwise.  Perhaps he went by another name at Carlisle or he didn’t go to Carlisle at all.  It would be great if a reader could provide some information regarding Mannok.

<next time—More Carlisle Players in The Great War>

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