Doc Farrell

Doc Farrell

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Edward Stephen “Doc” Farrell came to Penn in the fall of 1919 and quickly established himself as a standout on the freshman football team. It was a sign of things to come.

Farrell would go on to play varsity football in 1920, 1921 and 1922, varsity baseball in 1923, 1924 and 1925, and, during his summer breaks, also starred on a semi-pro baseball club back in Oneata, New York. The New York Giants took note of Farrell’s skills and, even though the young player still had two more years of school left, signed him to a contract in 1923.

Farrell was no simple jock, though: He enrolled in the Dental School in 1921, served as treasurer of his junior class and business manager of his dental school yearbook, and was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity, the Newman Club, the Skull Society, the Funnell Society, the Sphinx Society and the Truman Dental Society.

After graduation in 1925, he reported to Giants camp and began a long career that would see him also play for the Boston Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.

But because he managed to take postgraduate classes during the off-season, Farrell would go on to have a lengthy career in dentistry, too, eventually heading up the dentistry department at New Jersey’s St. Michael’s Hospital.

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Originally published on March 27, 2008