Bell with Scranton, 1914
|Born||November 18, 1883|
North Adams, Michigan
|Died||May 30, 1959 (aged 75)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1918||Michigan State Normal|
|Head coaching record|
Lynn Everett Bell (November 18, 1883 – May 30, 1959) was an American football coach and professional baseball player. He played professional baseball from 1906 to 1914 and served as the head football coach for Michigan State Normal College—now known as Eastern Michigan University—in 1918.
Bell was born in 1883 in North Adams, Michigan. His father, William Bell (born 1852), was a native of New York and a farmer. His mother, Mary Bell (born 1863), was a native of Ohio. At the time of the 1900 U.S. Census, the family lived in Hillsdale, Michigan, and Bell was the oldest of five children—four brothers and one sister.
Bell played professional baseball as a second baseman from 1906 to 1914. He played in the Southern Michigan League for Saginaw in 1906 and Kalamazoo in 1907 and 1908. During the 1909 and 1910 seasons, he played for the Springfield Senators in the Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League. He was sold by the Senators to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1910. One newspaper account noted that Bell made "a brilliant show" during the Cardinals' spring training camp in 1910:
Remember Lynn Bell the fast second baseman with Kinsella's Senators last season, who never let a line drive get through his territory? He's making the big leaguers sit up and take notice in the camp of the St Louis Cardinals at Little Rock, Ark. The sport scribes of the St. Louis newspapers say that Huggins, the former Cincinnati second sacker, will have to travel at a two-minute clip to win the berth away from Bell.
Bell was returned to Springfield in mid-April 1910.
Bell also played for the Scranton Miners of the New York State League for parts of the 1912, 1913 and 1914 seasons. He also appeared in 50 games for the Louisville Colonels of the American Association in 1912. In July 1914, he was purchased from Scranton by the Syracuse Stars to take over as the team's second baseman. According to the Syracuse Herald, "Bell was not in the best of condition when he was sold by Scranton to the Stars, but he worked hard and kept gamely in his togs when he should have been in a hospital." In the spring of 1915, Bell returned to Scranton due to the failure of the Syracuse team to pay the money due to Scranton for the sale of Bell. Bell was reportedly seeking a managerial position with the Adrian Club in the Southern Michigan League in 1915.
Michigan State Normal
Bell was the head football coach at Michigan State Normal College—now known as Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, and he held that position for the 1918 season. The season of 1918 was a shorter season of only three game; 1917 and 1919 seasons each had a schedule of seven games.). His coaching record at the school was 1–2. The lone win of the season was a 20–6 victory over in-state rival Hillsdale.
At the time of the 1920 U.S. Census, Bell was living with his parents in Ypsilanti. He was working as a salesman for an electric company.
At the time of the 1930 U.S. Census, Bell was living in Ypsilanti with his wife Ida-May Bell and their two children Mary Bell (age 6) and James Bell (age 1 year, 11 months). Bell's occupation was listed at the time as a life insurance salesman.
He died at Ypsilanti on May 30, 1959.
Head coaching record
|Michigan State Normal Normalites (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1918)|
|1915||Michigan State Normal||1–2||1–0|
|Michigan State Normal:||1–2||1–0|
- Census entry for William Bell and family. Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Census Place: Adams, Hillsdale, Michigan; Roll: T623_713; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 82.
- "Lynn Bell". baseball-reference.com.
- "Lynn Bell Is In Good Shape: Springfield's Former Second Baseman Soon to Join Cardinals". The Decatur Review. March 5, 1910.
- "Bell Making A Brilliant Show: Springfield Recruit May Oust Higgins From Position on Cardinals". The Decatur Review. March 12, 1910.
- Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Census Place: Ypsilanti Ward 2, Washtenaw, Michigan; Roll: T624_678; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0148; Image: 102; FHL Number: 1374691.
- "Glennon Is Released By Manager Payne". Syracuse Herald. July 23, 1914.
- "Bell Wants Manager's Job". Syracuse Herald. February 21, 1915.
- "Bell Turned Back To Scranton Team: Infielder Sold to Syracuse Last Year Goes Back Because of Stars' Failure to Pay". Syracuse Herald. April 3, 1915.
- DeLassus, David. "Eastern Michigan Yearly Results (1915–1919)". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on December 5, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
- "Football Bowl Subdivision: Eastern Michigan University Directory". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on June 22, 2011. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
- DeLassus, David. "Eastern Michigan Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on December 5, 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
- DeLassus, David. "Coaching Records Game-by-Game, Lynn Bell (1918)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 14, 2010.
- Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Census Place: Ypsilanti Ward 2, Washtenaw, Michigan; Roll: T625_800; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 167; Image: 414.
- Draft Registration Card for Lynn Everett Bell, born November 18, 1883. Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [database on-line]. Registration Location: Washtenaw County, Michigan; Roll: 1682903; Draft Board: 0.
- Census entry for Lynn E. Bell and family. Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Census Place: Ypsilanti, Washtenaw, Michigan; Roll: 1030; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 46; Image: 201.0.