Penn People

Jerome Francis McCarthy

1923 - 1965

Penn Connection

  • B.S. in Economics 1948
  • Member of varsity football team 1942, 1947-1948
  • Member of varsity baseball team 1947-1948
  • Bowl Man 1948

Jerome Francis McCarthy was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 23, 1923. He entered the University of Pennsylvania in 1941.

McCarthy played varsity football as a sophomore, but then left school to serve in the Army Air Corps from 1943 until 1945. When he returned to Penn in 1946, he rejoined the varsity football team as a lineman, and served as captain. He also played first base on Penn’s varsity baseball team, serving as its captain in 1948. McCarthy was honored by his senior class as Bowl Man.

After graduation, McCarthy was signed by the St. Louis Browns as an amateur free agent. He made his major league baseball debut on June 19, 1948, as a first baseman with the Browns. He played only the one season.

McCarthy later became an advertising salesman for the Army Times Publishing Co., in New York City. He was living in Freeport, Long Island, at the time of his death in Oceanside, New York, on October 3, 1965.