Harry P. Gamble – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Warren Easton HS/Tulane University
Harry P. Gamble was a sensational multi-sport athlete at Warren Easton High School. He went on to letter in football, boxing, swimming and gymnastics at Tulane University.
Gamble captained the Green Wave football team in 1925 and 1926 and earned All-Southern Conference honors on both offense and defense in 1926. He was known as an elite blocker and a strong receiver. The 1925 team posted a 9-0-1 record and only allowed 23 points with six shutouts. It’s only blemish was a 6-6 tie with Missouri Valley champion Missouri.
A nationally-distributed newspaper feature by the Central Press syndication service included the line: “Not an inch was gained around his end last year by any Tulane enemy. And many a touchdown was scored around that end through Harry Gamble’s magnificent interference.”
He was known as the only captain of a football team in the country who was married. His coach, the legendary Clark Shaughnessy, also a member of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame, joked, “If I ever get a bad Tulane team I think I’ll hold eleven weddings and make them champions.”
He was also was a middleweight and light-heavyweight boxing champion, a swimming and diving champion and an all-around titlist in gymnastics for the Green Wave.
After college, he coached football, gymnastics, swimming and diving at his alma mater, Warren Easton. In four years at the helm of the football program, he posted a 25-5-5 record. The Eagles reached the state championship game in 1928, falling to Homer, 26-12, and then rolled to a 6-0-2 mark in 1929. That team, allowed just six points all season (it had two scoreless ties) and closed the year with a 27-0 win over Jesuit before 11,000 fans at Tulane Stadium. In 1930, Easton was again dominant, posting a 9-0 record and allowed just 19 points. However, an ineligible player (who saw little action) forced Gamble and Easton to forfeit eight games.
Gamble left the high school ranks after that season, going to work as a local attorney for many years. He was inducted into the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Warren Easton Hall of Fame.