Tom Harmon

Football Player + Announcer
Born Sep 28, 1919

Thomas Dudley "Tom" Harmon was a star player in American college football, a sports broadcaster, and patriarch of a family of American actors. As a player, he won the Heisman Trophy in 1940 and is considered by some to be the greatest football player in Michigan Wolverines history.… Read More

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1919 Birth Harmon was born in 1919 at the family home at 118 South Weston Street in Rensselaer, Indiana. … Read More
1930 10 Years Old At the time of the 1930 U.S. Census, the family was living at 578 Van Buren in Gary, where Harmon's father was employed as a real estate salesman, and his mother was employed as a clerk for the Census Bureau. … Read More


Harmon attended Horace Mann High School in Gary, graduating in 1937. … Read More
Harmon, as a sophomore, started seven of eight games at the right halfback position for the 1938 Michigan team. … Read More
As a junior, Harmon started at the right halfback position in seven of eight games for the 1939 Michigan Wolverines. … Read More


1940 20 Years Old 1 More Event
In November 1940, Michigan's equipment manager announced that Harmon's jersey number, 98, would be retired when Harmon played his last game. … Read More
In March 1941, Harmon signed a contract with Columbia Pictures to star in a motion picture titled, "Harmon of Michigan", with filming set to commence in July 1941, after Harmon graduated from Michigan. … Read More
He was granted permission to enlist as a cadet in March 1942.
1943 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 1943, an Army bomber piloted by Harmon, and nicknamed "Old 98" after Harmon's football jersey number, crashed into the South American jungle while en route to North Africa. … Read More
Harmon returned from China in January 1944.
He was promoted to the rank of captain in April 1945, and he was discharged from the military at the end of the war on August 13, 1945.
Harmon's retirement from football was short-lived. In July 1946, he signed a two-year contract to play professional football for the Los Angeles Rams. … Read More
1947 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Harmon believed that his talents did not fit with the T-formation offense run by the Rams, and having broken his nose 13 times, he retired for good from his playing career after the 1947 season. … Read More


1950 30 Years Old From approximately 1950 to 1962, Harmon worked as a sportscaster for the CBS network.
1958 38 Years Old He also handled the nightly sport report on KTLA television in Los Angeles from 1958 to 1964.


1962 42 Years Old In 1962, Harmon joined the sports staff of the ABC radio network. … Read More
1965 45 Years Old By 1965, his company, Tom Harmon Sports, was generating annual gross revenue of $1 million and had six full-time employees. … Read More


1990 70 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 15, 1990, Harmon suffered a heart attack at the Amanda Travel Agency in West Los Angeles after winning a golf tournament at Bel Air Country Club. … Read More
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