Stephen Freel was one of the founders of the
Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, FL. He was inducted into the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame
on September 18, 1989. He was the original Public Relations salesperson for the
new event and the first chairman of the Gator Bowl membership
He hailed from Brooklyn, New York where he was born on January 24,
1897. He was baptized in the Transfiguration Catholic Church of
Brookly, NY on March 01, 1897.
He was also the owner and president of the
Jacksonville Tars baseball club of the South Atlantic League. The Tars became
the Braves under new ownership in 1953, then became the Suns in
Stephen was active in boxing in the 1940's.
He was a member of St. Matthews Catholic Church. He died
September 28,, 1967 in Jacksonville, Fl. and is buried in Oaklawn
Cemetery in Jacksonville.
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