Portrait of a Champion: tribute to Leslie Mann
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The Portrait of a Champion is a document that tributes Leslie Mann (November 18, 1893-January 14, 1962) that was written by his brother, Channing Mann. It contains images and stories of Leslie Mann throughout his life. The document begins with his high school days in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he attended from 1908 to 1911. He was considered the greatest athlete ever to wear a Lincoln High School uniform, and he is a member of the Hall of Fame at Lincoln High School. He is the twenty third member to be selected in the Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame from Lincoln. The document then discusses Mann's time in college and his accomplishments. Leslie Mann graduated from the International YMCA College, now Springfield College, in 1925. He planned to graduate with the class of 1914, however he took classes part time for several years so that he could play professional baseball. He played professionally for 19 years with Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and New York. At Springfield, he was the first freshman to make the varsity football team and was nominated for All-American honors, playing as a halfback on the field. Les Mann was the varsity baseball and basketball coach at Springfield in the mid-twenties. He later formed the first baseball school in the nation, and directed the first U.S. All-American baseball team in 1935. He was inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame on November 4, 1972.
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