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July 6, 1936 – Andrew W. “Poly” Guyda selected for U.S. Olympic team

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Guyda was in the U.S. starting lineup for a 1-0 loss to Italy in the 1936 Olympics.

Poly Guyda (or Gajda) was born in Manchester, N.H., and played quarterback for the high school football team, then attended Lowell Institute and MIT. Guyda went on to star for several local teams, including the Boston Celtics and Lusitania Recreation, then became an assistant coach at Harvard into the mid-1950s.

Aug. 3, 1936 – Italy 1:0 U.S., Olympic Games at Poststadion Berlin (Att.: 9,000)

Italy, playing with a numerical disadvantage after the 53rd-minute ejection of Pietro Rava, won on Annibale Frossi’s 58th-minute goal. Italy starters Alfredo Foni, Ugo Locatelli and Rava went on to start for Italy’s 1938 World Cup champion team.


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