Fred DigbySportswriter/Contributor, 1912-58
New Orleans Item/Sugar Bowl

Inducted: 1980

  • Considered the "Father of the Sugar Bowl," Digby and Colonel James M. Thompson, the New Orleans Item publisher, first came up with the idea for a New Year's Day football classic in 1927.  Every fall, Digby called for action and in early 1934, a proposal came to fruition with the New Orleans Mid-Winter Sports Association formally organized on Feb. 15, 1934.
  • Began a long career in sports reporting with the New Orleans Item in 1912. In 1923, he was named sports editor and served until November of 1947.
  • After his retirement from the newspaper, he served as the general manager of the Mid-Winter Sports Association (the Sugar Bowl) until 1958. 
  • Born in 1893 and died Nov. 3, 1958 at the age of 65.