Benjamin Mazloff '32
Induction Year: 1997
Sport(s): Football
Graduation Year: 1932

Benjamin Mazloff was one of several young men from Philadelphia recruited in the spring of 1928 to come to F&M and help reverse the fortunes of the football program. In 1926 and 1927, the team had won only one game. Mazloff played on the freshman team in 1928, and was touted as an outstanding prospect to play center. Indeed, in the only game the freshman team played, he started at center and recovered a fumble in a 47-0 F&M victory. In his sophomore year, he started every game at center on offense and he backed up the line on defense.

Although he was relatively small (5?8 and 160 pounds), he made up for it with grit, determination, and leadership. The November 13, 1929 Student Weekly pointed out, "Bennie Mazloff played a bang-up game at the pivot position. Mazloff is there on the field full of fight and pep every minute. We do not mean to say that others are not, but they don't seem to show it and instill it into the remaining players life the F&M center." He had some remarkable games that year. Against Swarthmore, he scored both touchdowns in a 13-6 upset of the Garnet. Early in the game, after F&M had fumbled the ball into the end zone trying to score, Mazloff successfully battled nearly the entire Swarthmore team for the ball and secured the touchdown for F&M; later in the game, he blocked a Swarthmore kick in the end zone and landed on the ball for the winning score.

It's not often that a center scores, much less twice, and moreover, scores the only touchdowns to win a game! He also intercepted a pass against Pennsylvania, and played outstanding defense and offense all year. His sensational play as a sophomore was recognized the next fall, when he was the only F&M player mentioned as a pre-season All-America candidate by the New York Sun. In his junior year, he was one of the bright spots on the opening loss to St. John's. The Student Weekly noted, "Bennie Mazloff continued his last year's work and played an exceptional game." In F&M's 20-19 victory against St. Joseph's, he nearly matched his outstanding Swarthmore performance of the previous year. First, he blocked a St. Joe punt and fell on it in the end zone for F&M's first touchdown. Later, his interception and 40-yard run resulted in another Diplomat touchdown.

Against Swarthmore, he once again had a brilliant game. In particular, he and William Y. Saltzman dominated the game on the defensive side of the ball. The Swarthmore coach said, "...as soon as the ball was snapped back, the men backing up the line, Saltzman and Mazloff, upon seeing the direction of the play, would quickly get into position, charge through the line and get the Swarthmore man behind the line time after time." In the last game of the year, Mazloff and Saltzman led the defense, which shut out powerful Gettysburg 6-0 for the first victory over the Bullets since 1922. That same defense throttled Gettysburg the next year 2-0. At the end of his senior year, Mazloff was chosen as one of only two unanimous choices for the All-Eastern Conference Team. The Student Weekly reported, "Bennie Mazloff has for three years been an aggressive quick-thinking center.

Possessing an unusually intuitive foresight, his perception has been responsible for many wins. He knows the rulebook from A to Z and never misses a thing. He has been handicapped by being rather small for a lineman, but his fighting spirit has been enough to make him one of the nest centers seen here for many years. Indeed, Mazloff should go down as one of the greatest centers to ever play for F&M." Mazloff graduated with a major in business and worked as an accountant until his retirement. He lives with his wife, Rose, in Miami, F.L.