Ben W. Smith


Ben Smith

Date of Birth: June 16, 1911, in Haleyville, Alabama

Date of Death: February 23rd - March 17th, 1941, in Tensas River, Louisiana (29 years old)


MOBILE, Alabama, 02/25/41 - Search was resumed by the coast guard at dawn today for

Ben Smith, former Alabama University football star, and Sidney Crowley, Spring Hill

student football manager, missing since Sunday in an estuary of Mobile Bay

Capt. J.P. Jones of the coast guard picket boat said he found their small boat,

hung on a snag about 30 feet from a bank. 


Smith, assistant football coach at Spring Hill, and Crowley left Mobile Saturday

on a fishing trip.  They were last reported late Sunday when they bought gasoline

for their motorboat at a Blakely, Alabama service station.  After starring at Alabama,

Smith joined the Washington Redskins football team.  He later became assistant coach

at Spring Hill, where his brother, Earle Smith, is head coach.


MOBILE, Alabama 03/17/41 - The body of Ben Smith, assistant coach at Spring Hill

College, who disappeared with a companion, February 23rd, was found in the Tensas River

today near where their swamped boat was discovered.  The body was located by

Lawrence Stauter, fishing lodge operator, and identity established by friends from the

clothing and a watch Smith carried.


The spot was about five miles from where the body of Sidney Crowley, Smith's companion on

the trip, was found several days ago.  The discovery ended a search that had been underway

since the young men left thier party in a skiff to obtain gasoline for a power boat. 



1933 Green Bay Packers (NFL)

1934 Pittsburgh Pirates (NFL)

1935 Pittsburgh Pirates (NFL)

1937 Washington Redskins (NFL)


University of Alabama












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