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Tony Morabito tried to enlist in the army in 1942, but was rejected as he suffered from partial deafness.
Tony Morabito founded the San Francisco 49ers around 1946 and we can say with complete certainty that He loved his team as much or more than his own life, because the last thing he saw before he died was playing his beloved ‘Niners’.
Morabito had a heart condition and although his doctor suggested that, for his own good, he would get away from all the stress that came with being the owner of the franchise, He decided that if he was going to die he had to do it in a soccer game. so it was. Tony He died on October 27, 1957 during a game between the Chicago Bears and the 49ers.
Morabito died watching his beloved ‘Niners’
One of the strongest love stories that exist between an owner and his team is that of Antony James Morabito, founder of the San Francisco 49ers, who Although he knew that death was around him, he decided to ignore it in order to see play, one last time, that team that became a reality after dreaming about it for several years of his life.
During the 50’s The doctors informed Tony that he had a heart problem, Therefore they advised him to stay away from pressures with a quiet life. But Morabito’s heart beat for the 49ers so his response to the diagnosis was; “What the hell, if I’m going to die, I better die in a soccer game.” so it was.
That October 27, 1957, San Francisco received the Chicago Bears at Kezar Stadiumin the guest box was Tony with his wife Josephine and his brother Victor. The ‘Niners’ were losing 14-7 and just when they were preparing for the opening kickoff of the second quarter, Morabito collapsed, the founder’s heart stopped working.
Immediately Father Bill McGuire of St. James Parish was called to give the holy oils to Tony Morabito, who looked at him with a smile and spoke his last words; “Thanks, Dad”.
The 49ers’ victory in honor of their founder
While in the box, Tony Morabito gave his last words on the Kezar field, Chicago and San Francisco continued with the game. It was until the third quarter when the ‘Niners’ learned of the death of their beloved founder at the age of 60at that moment they were losing 17-7However, as a final act of gratitude to Tony They turned the score around and won 21-17, the one they dedicated to the man who did everything to see them play.
Morabito and his love for American football
Tony Morabito’s love for American football began when he was just a child, one He played in the vacant lots near his house, however, as time went by he began to take his passion more seriously. In the Santa Clara University He started playing with a view to a professional life, unfortunately a year later A shoulder injury ended his playing aspirations.
Although not with his dream, because Morabito was convinced (and he was not wrong) that the San Francisco Bay was the perfect place to have a professional team, that is why he took advantage of his finances as the owner of a lumber warehouse to found together with some from its partners to the ‘Niners’ who were part of the All-America Football Conference in their beginnings.
Before the 49ers formally joined the NFL, Tony attempted to enlist in the military, but was rejected as he suffered from partial deafness, which later forced him to wear a hearing aid to improve his hearing. His destiny was to be part of the history of one of the most important franchises, San Francisco.
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