Leather helmet proved little protection to Pomona football player – California News

Leather helmet proved little protection to Pomona football player – California News

There’s been much discussion over the recent release of a study that showed examination of the brains from autopsies of former pro football players showed significant damage from the brutal play they experienced over time.

That wouldn’t have been a surprise to Alvin Pierson, a tackle on the Pomona College freshman team in 1917.

Pierson on Oct. 14 was asked his impressions of the previous day’s game he played in versus Pomona High School. He had no clue, according to a story in the Los Angeles Times, Oct. 15.

He apparently played an exemplary game against the high schoolers, but, using sports lingo, he apparently got his “bell rung.” His leather helmet probably did not do better than just keeping his ears warm.

“He says he remembers going down to Pomona and putting on his uniform and has a faint recollection of the kickoff but from then on he remembers nothing,” said the article.

His teammates should have known something was wrong. They said, “He had such a hard time finding his clothes after the game.”

Banking on a mine

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about Louise Grantham who had a mine in western Death Valley that for many years was the largest producer of talc in the West.

When not at her mine complex, Grantham spent much of her time in the 1940s and 1950s living in Ontario. It also turns out, thanks to Jim Frost of Rancho Cucamonga, that at least one of Ontario’s institutions played a major role in the success of her Death Valley mine.

Frost, the first mayor of Rancho Cucamonga and now its treasurer, said Grantham had little success early on finding needed financing to expand her mine.


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