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Blakeview: Tad Gormley 

Tad Gormley's name is familiar to anyone who ever played in or attended an athletic event at City Park over the past five decades. The legendary coach died 50 years ago this week on Dec. 5, 1965. The stadium, originally built in 1937, was renamed in his honor by the City Park board of directors just a few weeks later — a testament to the impact he had on local sports and young athletes. Born Francis Thomas Gormley in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he came to New Orleans in 1907 and became director of the Young Men's Gymnastic Club. He later did stints as a trainer for the Tulane, Loyola and LSU athletic teams. Gormley guided four young men to the 1932 Olympics and two of them won gold medals: track star Emmett Toppino and boxer Eddie Flynn. In 1938, Gormley became athletic director at City Park, working with thousands of young athletes in the stadium that now bears his name.

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