James R. “Buster” Poole

Born: September 9, 1915

Died: November 16, 1994

Hometown: Gloster, MS

Year of Induction: 1964


College Career

Ole Miss (1934-1937)

• Lettered in football, baseball, and basketball


Pro Football Career

New York Giants (1937-1941, 1945-1946)

• First round draft choice (’37)

• Rookie of the Year (’37)

• All-Pro 3 times (’39, ‘40, ’46)


Pro Baseball Career

• Cotton States and Kitty Leagues (’37, ‘38, ’41)


Football Coaching Career

Ole Miss (1947-1970)


Did You Know?

Buster Poole was the first of five Pooles to play end for Ole Miss. After him came brothers Ray (’41-’42, ‘46) and Barney (’42, ‘46-’47), cousin Jackie (’48-’49), son Jim Jr. (’69-’71), and nephew Ray Jr. (’76), giving the Rebels 15 years of Pooles at end. But the family excelled at other positions, too. There was cousin Phillip, a guard (’46-’48), cousin Oliver, a tackle (’46), and nephew Paige Cothren, an All-America fullback (’54-’56).

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