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Ex-Redskins Coach Ball Dies at 88

January 14, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Herman Ball, head coach of the Washington Redskins from 1949 through part of the 1951 season, died Tuesday from heart ailment complications at a hospital in Paoli, Pa.

Ball, who lived in King of Prussia, Pa., was 88.

Ball spent eight years on the Redskins’ staff, winning promotion from line coach to head coach midway through the 1949 season. The Redskins finished that year with a 4-7-1 record and won three out of 12 games the following year. Ball was replaced as head coach after a winless streak in the 1951 season.

He later was a Redskins scout. In 1955 he joined the Pittsburgh Steelers as an assistant coach. He also was on the coaching staffs of the Baltimore Colts and the Philadelphia Eagles before retiring in 1968.

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