Hamilton James 'Babe' Green
Date of Birth: July 12, 1898, in Missouri
Date of Death: June 8, 1958, in California (59 years old)
He's erroneously listed on most websites as Edward 'Babe' Greene. Loyola
University Alumni Office says no such person ever attended Loyola. Babe
Green and Joe Bush played varsity ball for St. Ambrose College of Davenport,
Iowa. They transferred to Loyola together in 1924, and played two years there.
However, there is a listing for Louisville, 1926, for Vivian 'Vee' Green, from
University of Illinois. However, Vivian 'Vee' or 'VJ' Green was coaching high
school football in Waukegan, Illinois, in 1926. It would have been possible for
him to play for Louisville (since they were basically based in Chicago), but we
see no evidence of it so far.
Also, he was considered a great center when he played with Grange at Illinois.
Since great centers are much harder to find than tackles, why would he be
switched to tackle as he is listed for Louisville? We usually cross-check against
the old Roger Treat Encyclopedia on some of these that we have many questions
about. There is an entry for 1926 Louisville for a tackle listed only as J B H Green.
The order of the initials is not correct, but they are the initials of Hamilton James
The excerpt below on Hamilton Green is from The Loyolan Newsletter of 1925
where he had already done some good work on the gridiron, put on some togs and
nonchalantly grabbed off a regular berth for himself on the Varsity line. Porky is a
rather hefty individual and very effectually plugged up any gaps that might have occurred
in the Loyola line. "Babe" is a hard worker and rapidly absorbing all that Kiley and
Larson have to offer and next year should be a great help to the team. Green is a
Freshman Law student. Davenport...
1926 Chicago Cardinals (NFL)
St. Ambrose College, Loyola University