The Ambitious Leo McNulty

by Laurel | January 28th, 2007

[In part from the Appleton (Wisconsin) Post Crescent, 12 March 1923, “Ambitious.”]

Leo McNulty

Leo McNulty

Holyoke, Mass.—Leo McNulty, attending Rosary high, a small local parochial school has ambitions. He wants to become an athletic star at Notre Dame, where he becomes a freshman next fall.

Meantime, McNulty is practicing up for such a time. The results to date are promising to say the least.

McNulty is serving his second year as captain of the school basketball team, which has won more than 30 straight victories. Last season he threw 209 floor baskets, leading 30 high school and academy teams.

He was rated the best scholastic quarterback in New England last fall. As an outfielder and slugger he’s a big part of Rosary high’s baseball team, too.

I don’t know any of the Holyoke McNulty’s but Leo seemed to hold so much promise it made me interested to know more about him.

A brief look at U.S. Federal Census returns show Leo, born approximately 1904-05, living in Holyoke on 41 Samosett Street (1910) and 66 North East Street (1920) with his large family. Family members include his Irish born parents John (b. 1868-1870) and Mary (b. abt. 1870) and the following siblings: Amos, Mary, Patrick, Edward, Michael, James, Leo and Sabina (or possibly Savina). In the 1930 Census, Leo’s mother is listed as a widow and he is still living with his mother at 164 East Dwight Street in Holyoke along with sisters Mary and Savina. With the loss of his father, I wonder if he attended Notre Dame or was compelled to work in order to support the family. See a team photo of Leo here.

Anyone know what happened to this handsome athlete?

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