Niners Draft History – 2nd First Round 1953 Pick


This is the second pick the 49ers had in the first round of the 1953 Draft. With this pick, they decided to go the same route as their first overall pick and they selected an “End”. Stolhandske was a 6’2”, 210 pound product out of the University of Texas.  The 49ers missed on both picks during that draft year (Harry Babcock was a no-factor as well) as Stolhandske’s career only lasted one professional season.  Stoldhanske did not play until 1955, and in that sole season, he recorded 1 interception for 6 yards and recovered a fumble in 12 games played.  Records show that he only played for the 49ers and did not play for any other team after that season. Unfortunately, I could not find out why Stolhandske’s career was so short. The 49ers had a coaching change after their 1954 season went 4-8 in 1955 under coach Red Strader’s only year at the helm.  Needless to say, the media coverage was not what it is today, so more info is needed as to why Stolhandske could not succeed in the NFL. If any of you 49ers fan out there could tell us what you know about Stolhandske, it would be appreciated.

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