Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Edwin "Babe" Horrell

Edwin "Babe" Horrell


  • Position: Center
  • School: California
  • High School: Pasadena, CA (Pasadena HS)
  • Years: 1922-1924
  • Inducted: 1969
  • Place of Birth: Jackson, MO
  • Date of Birth: Sep 29, 1902
  • Place of Death: Beverly Hills, CA
  • Date of Death: Jun 13, 1992
  • Jersey Number: 9
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 185

Member Biography

How good was "Babe" Horrell? So good they renamed his Pasadena, California high school stadium "Horrell Field" after him. In high school Horrell lettered in five sports - football, basketball, track, tennis and swimming. He played center for the California football teams which had a 26-0-3 record in 1922-24. He was captain and All-America in 1924, and his coach Andy Smith, said, "His ability and skill constitutes about 25% of our team." St. Mary's coach Slip Madigan agreed, saying, "Horrell was about 50% of the psychological effect of the Bears. He could get his men together better than any football captain I ever saw. Andy Smith could have stood the loss of five good men better than the graduation of Horrell." Against Stanford in 1923 Horrell blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown. Later he tackled a Stanford back in the end zone to score a safety. California won 9-0, and Horrell was responsible for eight points. He was UCLA assistant coach 1926-38, head coach 1939-44. His 1942 team went to the Rose Bowl. Horrell was born September 29, 1902, in Jackson, Missouri. He died June 13, 1992, at the age of 89