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  • Inductionyear: 1986

    Martin Kumse

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    Barberton High School from 1930 to 1934. Brewton-Parker Junior College 1934 to 1936. Mercer Unv., Georgia 1936 to 1939. Kumse began his supervised athletic career at Oakdale School under Mr. Cormany.

    Played softball and basketball three years and was the Captain of the two teams all three years. Martin then played basketball and football for Barberton High for four years. He was elected to the N.E.O. Conference football team as a guard in 1933. Kumse also did all the place kicking and kickofffs during his'Junior and Senior years.

    He was a guard on the basketball team and highlighted his basketball career by sinking a half court shot with just seconds to go to win the N.E.O. championship against New Philadelphia, At Brewton-Parker, Kumse played guard two years and did all the place kicking. On the basketball team he started and was selected to the All Georgia Junior College team 1935-36. Martin won his scholarship to Mercer, starting in 1936, and was first string guard in 1937. Here he also did all the placekicking. He received honorable mention as a guard on the All American Small College Football team of 19.37. He moved to the backfield as a blocker but during the season asked to be returned to guard position on the line. He was picked on the All Georgia College team of1937. He was graduated from Mercer in 1939 and returned to Barberton where he held supervisory positions at PPG.

    In his retirement he golfs and bowls as well as being very active in the Button Box Organization.

    Note: This is the original biography written in the 1986 induction program.
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