A sports legend in Philadelphia, Reds Bagnell was considered one of the best college tailbacks in America in 1950 when he set two national single-game records for total offense and placed third in the Heisman Trophy voting behind Vic Janowicz of Ohio State and Kyle Rote of Southern Methodist.


One of Penn’s most celebrated athletes, Reds played during the golden era of Penn football, when the Quakers competed against top ranked colleges from across the country and drew record crowds of 60,000-80,000 to Franklin Field.


He grew up in West Philadelphia, living in a house which is now part of the extended Pennsylvania campus.  He attended West Catholic High School and played in Franklin Field in one of the most famous scholastic games in city history, and was an All-American quarterback under George Munger.  He won nine varsity letters in college, three each for football, basketball and baseball.


His greatest collegiate game was against Dartmouth in 1950 when he accounted for 490 yards of total offense, and completed a national record 14 consecutive passes in 42-26 Pennsylvania victory at Franklin Field.  A 1951 graduate, Bagnell, who captained the Quakers’ football team as a senior, was the recipient of the Class of 1915 Award, bestowed annually on “that member of the senior class who most closely approaches the ideal University of Pennsylvania student-athlete.”


In 1982 President Reagan appointed Bagnell to the American Battle Monuments Commission and later Bagnell was appointed to the National Finance Committee by President Bush.  Bagnell later became an associate trustee at Pennsylvania and a trustee of Hahnemann University Hospital.  He also served as chairman of the Maxwell Football Club, and served a term as president of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame, an organization into which he was inducted in 1977.