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Gustave Adolph 'Gus' Sonnenberg

 

Gus Sonnenberg

Date of Birth: March 6, 1898, in Ewen, Michigan

Date of Death: September 12, 1944, in Bethesda, Maryland (46 years old)

Source:

Milwaukee Journal - Published 09/13/44

Did you know?

In July 1932, Gus Sonnenberg was involved in a fatal car accident in Lawrence,

Massachusetts when the car he was driving hit the car of policeman Richard

Morrissey, who was killed.

Sonnenberg was charged with drunk driving and was acquitted in March 1933.

He died of leukemia at the Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland where he had been

hospitalized for almost 8 months.

When he was not playing football, he was a pro-wrestler and was one of the largest draws in

the pro-wrestling world.

He served in the United States Navy during World War II.

 

Teams:

1923 Columbus Tigers (NFL)

1923 Buffalo All-Americans (NFL)

1924 Pottsville Maroons (Anthracite League)

1925 Detroit Panthers (NFL)

1926 Detroit Panthers (NFL)

1927 Providence Steam Roller (NFL)

1928 Providence Steam Roller (NFL)

1930 Providence Steam Roller (NFL)

College:

University of Detroit Mercy, Dartmouth College