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Jack Manders

Born: Jan 13, 1909

Death: Jan 29, 1977

Birthplace: Milbank

Profession: American football player

Nationality: United States

Jack Manders

Date of Birth : Jan 13, 1909
Date of Death : Jan 29, 1977
Birth Place : Milbank

Jack "Automatic Jack" Manders was a National Football League running back for the Chicago Bears from 1933 through 1940. He is the older brother of Clarence Manders. John Albert "Jack" Manders was born in Milbank, SD on January 13, 1909, the fourth of nine children of Albert & Katherine Manders. Albert was a Dutch immigrant, coming to this country in 1880 at age one. Katherine was ethnic German from Hoffnungstahl, Ukraine, Russia arriving in 1884 at age two. Jack's mother died when he was ten. His father lost the family farm when he was 14 and the family was split up. He worked his way through high school washing dishes at a local cafe for room and board and doing farm work in the summer. His senior year in high school he was approached by Clarence "Doc" Spears, then head coach at the University of Minnesota and invited to come to the school to play football. As there were no athletic scholarships then, he work his way through school with various jobs such as tending boilers in various University buildings at night and acting as "bouncer" at a local ice rink. In summer, he worked for the Milwaukee Railroad laying track and building bridges.


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