NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) _ Henry W. Majlinger, a former pro football player who spent 30 years as baseball coach at Central Connecticut State, died after a lengthy battle with cardiac and respiratory problems. He was 79.

Majlinger, who died Wednesday, coached the Blue Devils from 1949-1978, compiling a 351-166 record. He was later inducted into the American Association of College Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.

He also coached the CCSU football team from 1953-1958, leading them to an undefeated season in 1954.

Majlinger played football at New York University in the 1940s and had a brief career with the New York Giants.

He joined the staff at Central, then known as Teachers College of Connecticut, in 1949, where he became known as an innovator.

Using parts from a tennis ball return machine and an old washing machine, he fashioned a batting practice device that fired pingpong balls at batters at speeds of up to 100 mph.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, and two daughters, Susan Cort, of Sarasota, Fla. and Ivy Doyle of Alexandria, Va.