Pollard, Leslie

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Leslie Pollard was another star athlete. When he was younger, he played baseball for Grace Sunday School at Washington Park in Chicago’s Presbyterian Church League. Luther went to the North Division High School (aka Lane Tech). He later attended Dartmouth College, ( Hanover, NH ) where he had a superb football career. He helped break racial barriers in college football. He also played a major role in his little brother Fritz’s successful professional football career. Leslie, along with older brother Luther, taught Fritz how to play football. When Fritz wanted to join the Indians, the football team at Albert Grannis Lane Technical High School, the coach initially worried that his small size would be a hindrance. Leslie, who turned out to be a top player on the team, insisted that his brother Fritz be selected otherwise he would quit the football team. He also gave Fritz tips on using his small stature to his advantage.