Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Bill "Wild Bill" Hickok

Bill "Wild Bill" Hickok


  • Position: Guard
  • School: Yale
  • High School: Harrisburg, PA (Harrisburg HS)
  • Years: 1892-1894
  • Inducted: 1971
  • Place of Birth: Harrisburg, PA
  • Date of Birth: Aug 23, 1874
  • Place of Death: Harrisburg, PA
  • Date of Death: Sep 04, 1933
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 194

Member Biography

The boyish face, almost cherubic in its serenity, belied the fire which would flash from the deep, dark eyes once "Wild Bill" Hickok entered combat upon the gridiron. He played with a vengeance, spurred to performance which often seemed beyond human capability. Hickok was gang muscled within the body of a single man. Enemy teams feared his vicious blocking and tackling techniques and developed game plans designed to avoid head-to-head contact with this magnificent Yale lineman. However, Hickok was more than just a blood- and-guts kind of player in those days of intercollegiate football. He was a dedicated student of the game, blessed with a fine mind for strategy and play diagnosis. During Hickok's three varsity seasons, the Elis piled up a 39-1 record. The sole loss, a 6-0 heartbreaker to arch rival Princeton, ended a 36-game Yale victory streak that included 21 straight shutouts. Hickok was also on the Yale track team and set collegiate records in the shot put and hammer throw. He served as head coach at Carlisle Indian School in 1896 (record 6-4) and, later, assistant coach at Yale. He was born August 23, 1874, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; he died September 4, 1933. At the time of his death, Hickok was the owner of a machinery manufacturing company.