Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Mal "Mal" Stevens

Mal "Mal" Stevens


  • Position: Quarterback/Halfback
  • School: Washburn, Yale
  • High School: Osborne, KS (Osborne HS)
  • Years: 1919-1921, 1923
  • Inducted: 1974
  • Place of Birth: Stockton, KS
  • Date of Birth: Apr 14, 1901
  • Place of Death: Bronx, NY
  • Date of Death: Dec 06, 1979
  • Jersey Number: 19
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 165

Member Biography

Marvin "Mal" Stevens achieved great heights in football and medicine. He was a quarterback at Washburn College three years 1919-21 and played halfback one year for Yale in 1923. He served Yale as assistant coach 1924-27 and head coach 1928-32, freshman coach in 1933. He was head coach at New York University 1938-41 and head coach of a pro team, the Brooklyn Dodgers of the All-America Conference, in 1946. He obtained his medical degree at Yale. During the years he coached at Yale and New York University, he taught orthopedic surgery at the same schools. He served in the medical corps of the navy in World War II, held the rank of commander, and was in both the European and Asiatic maneuvers. He was 28 when he became Yale head coach in 1928, making him the youngest head coach in the nation at a major school. He was president of the American Football Coaches Association in 1931 and, at age 31, the youngest president in association history. He was a bone specialist, served 13 years as a director of the Sister Kenny Foundation for Polio, was a founder of the Aspen (Colorado) Medical Center, and chief medical officer of the New York Boxing and Wrestling Commission. Grantland Rice gave him his greatest football tribute, saying Stevens was "in 1923 one of the greatest running backs I ever saw." The 1923 Yale team went 8-0 and out-scored its opponents 230-38. The stars were Stevens at halfback, Bill Mallory at fullback, and Century Milstead (a transfer from Wabash) at tackle. All three were elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. In his time at Washburn College, Stevens won 15 letters, three each in football, basketball, baseball, tennis, and track. His grandfather was a Methodist minister, and his father was a doctor. Stevens was born April 14, 1901, in Stockton, Kansas; he died in 1979.