Ursinus alum Bassman passes away at age 97

Reds Bassman, pictured here with Harold Carmichael, was the oldest living Philadelphia Eagles player. Bassman passed away on Tuesday at the age of 97
Reds Bassman, pictured here with Harold Carmichael, was the oldest living Philadelphia Eagles player. Bassman passed away on Tuesday at the age of 97

The Ursinus College athletic department is mourning the loss of Herman 'Reds' Bassman, a member of the Ursinus College Athletics Hall of Fame. Bassman passed away on Tuesday in Petersburg, Virginia at the age of 97. He had been the oldest living Philadelphia Eagles player.

He played for the Eagles in eight games during the 1936 season as a tailback and defensive back.  He had 19 yards rushing and 38 yards receiving. He also added in an interception.

He is best known for an interception return for a touchdown that led Ursinus to a 7-6 upset of the University of Pennsylvania on October 6, 1934, at historic Franklin Field. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Ursinus in 1980 in the sports of football, track and field and wrestling.