Donnelly Gamble
Donnelly Gamble

 

 

Donnelly Gamble (1925)

Donnelly Gamble won a total of eight letters at Champaign, three in football, three in basketball and two in track, and was president of the C-Club in 1924. Game played end on the football team and has fond memories of defeating Moline 28-0 during his sophomore year. In his senior year of 1924, Gamble relates he played some as a halfback and recalls "that each year I did the kickoffs when we made the tee out of a was of mud." Gamble noted that most newspapers contended that Champaign was that state champions in 1922 when they had the unbeaten record in Les Moyer's first year a head coach. Gamble was also a guard on the basketball team that lost out in sectional play in 1924 and finished second in 1925. After graduating from Illinois in 1929, Gamble served as varsity coach in all major sports at West Chicago High School.