Roy Engle, Member Of USC's 1939 National Championship Football Team, Dies

June 10, 2005

Roy Engle, a member of USC's 1939 national championship football team and a three-year letterman at Troy in both football and baseball, died of a heart attack on Tuesday (June 7) in Poway, Calif. He was 87.

Services are scheduled for Monday, June 13, at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma in San Diego, Calif.

As a right halfback on the Trojan football team, Engle lettered in 1937-38-39. He was a member of USC's 1939 and 1940 Rose Bowl teams which defeated previously unscored-upon Duke and Tennessee, respectively.

He also was the starting catcher on Troy's baseball teams in 1938-39-40. The 1939 squad won the California Intercollegiate Baseball Association title.

He prepped at Hoover High in San Diego, where he was a baseball teammate of Ted Williams.

Engle is survived by his wife, Anne, and sons, Dave and Roger. Dave was the starting third baseman on USC's 1978 national championship baseball team and then spent nine years (1981-89) in the major leagues with the Twins, Tigers, Expos and Brewers.

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