New Orleans City Park (Images of America)

Francis Thomas (Tad) Gormley


In 1938 Francis Thomas (Tad) Gormley became the Athletic Director of City Park after a distinguished career beginning in 1908 when he worked with athletes at the Young Mens Gymnastic Club. From 1921 until 1923, he served as the head men's basketball coach at LSU, posting a 25-11 record. He was a trainer at Tulane and Loyola and coached the 1932 U.S. Olympic Track Team, was an official in the New Orleans Prep School Athletic League, and a football and basketball referee. In 1962 Gormley was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame and into the Louisiana Association in 1990. Upon his death in 1965 the stadium was named for him. He was also the man who originated what would become the annual New Orleans Turkey Day Race. Tad Gormely is pictured here in 1923. (LOC, DCM)

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~The Bayou, Road, Oaks, and Native Americans: 1400-1769~
~Plantation to Peristyle: 1770-1907~
~Expansion and Modernization: 1908-1928~
~The New Deal: 1929-1939~
~Children & Friends: 1940-2004~
~Rebirth: 2005-2010~
~The People Behind the Names: Donors, Benefactors, and Patrons~
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The images in this book appear courtesy of the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL), Louisiana Digital Library (LDL), the Library of Congress (LOC), The Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC), Pictometry International (PI), and D.C. "Infrogmation" May (DCM). Unless otherwise noted, images are from the author's collection.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book is dedicated to Friends of City Park.

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