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Frank Benedict

Football ∙ Midland

 

 

 

 

 

Having been born 103 years ago, today’s fans are probably not familiar with Frank Benedict. Many may recognize the name as a fine dentist in his hometown of Midland. But rest assured the good doctor was an outstanding all around athlete. He set the tone for the number of quality athletes that have come through the halls of Midland High School. A 1922 grad of Midland, Frank was a three sport star. He lettered three years in football, basketball, and track with the Leopards. He was on the very first Midland football squad in 1920, and in the second year led the team to an undefeated season. Besides the three sports he played at Midland, Frank also played summer baseball for several years. He drew many accolades in that sport as well playing for the Midland Cubs as a leftfielder. Frank entered the University of Pittsburgh in 1922 and walked on to the football team. The following year he moved up to the varsity where he was coached by legendary coaches Pop Warner (1923) and Jock Sutherland (1924 and 1925). He helped Pitt go 18-8-1 in those three years, including an 8-1 season in his senior year, starring as a center. After graduation Frank returned to Midland to set up his dentist practice, but he continued his sporting interests. In 1927, he organized and coached the Midland Merchants football team, which played in the Pittsburgh Football League, a semi-pro organization. The following three years, Frank played for Art Rooney on a team called the Majestic Radials, which was the forerunner to the eventual Pittsburgh Steelers. Frank also took up golf in 1929 and became very efficient on the links. Three times he made the championship round on the Crucible Golf League, winning it twice. To further show his versatility, he was an accomplished bowler, once rolling a 298 game. A dentist for 60 years, Frank was highly involved in his community, holding down several positions on various municipal, business, and church boards. His extensive work in Midland was noted by Pitt, which presented him with the Letterman of Distinction Award in 1974. He was also chosen Man of the Year by the Midland Knights of Columbus. Frank and his wife Adelyn were parents of two children, Marcella Benedict Bonfiglio and Patricia Benedict Snizik. He was a longtime proud booster of Midland athletic and academic programs, and was dedicated to his church and the town.