American football playerDied when: 96 years 225 days (1159 months)
Star Sign: Pisces
Raffaello "Ralph" D.Vince (March 18, 1900 – October 29, 1996) was an American football player for the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Bulldogs, and the Cleveland Panthers.
He later coached at Baldwin–Wallace College and John Carroll University.Outspoken and inventive as a coach, he was the inventor of the face mask.
The original he created is on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.He also was the first coach to put an armband of plays on his quarterbacks' wrists, now a common sight in the game.
He attended Washington & Jefferson College and played in the 1922 Rose Bowl.He is distinguished as being the first Italian to play in the National Football League (NFL).
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