This is the trouble with living too long. You die too late.
If he'd gone 30 years ago, everyone would've been talking about Clarence "Ace" Parker, the former running back for — you ready for this? — the Brooklyn Dodgers, in 1937. That defunct team is old enough to have merged with a team, the Boston Yanks, that's also defunct. Parker's career, then, is interred beneath layers of obscurity, themselves buried beneath the sheer weight of decades. He died today, at 101 years old. You'd have to be about 80 to have any memory of seeing him play.
Here's what we can tell you. He was an all-America tailback at Duke. He played for Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics* for two years, and hit one of his two Major League home runs in his first at-bat. But what made him special, even for the two-way days of the early NFL, was his ability to do all the things that anyone does in football. NBC Sports summarized his versatility thusly: