When Lloyd Jordan was appointed football coach last spring, one of his first acts was to name as his trainer Jack Fadden, a native of Brookline and, at the time, the property of the New York football Yankees. This surprised many people, since a new coach does not ordinarily bring in his own trainer. But Jordan's coaching methods place great emphasis on proper conditioning and John Patrick Fadden is one of the finest practitioners of his trade available.
According to Fadden, the basic job of the trainer is to carry out treatments after the doctor diagnoses the injuries. But once injuries have healed, the trainer must see to it that a player goes through the proper corrective exercises to compensate for lost flesh and weakened muscles. Naturally, throughout the whole season he must watch over the condition and equipment of his men. The trainer also acts as a buffer between the coach and the doctor, who has the final say on whether or not a boy is ready to play.
Beyond the routine tapings and dressings, Fadden looks out for player's morale; he will discrectly try to help a man out of academic or financial difficulty.
Jack Fadden has been around. He got started in athletics as a football and baseball player at Bridgeton (Maine) Academy, then took a two-year course in physical education at Posse Nisson in Boston. While Fadden was working in City Hospital, the head Harvard surgeon asked him to help in the College's medical room. So Jack did x-rays and physiotherapy there and kept at it during the two years he attended Harvard. After that, he went into the automobile business with ex-Governor Fuller, spent a year as trainer at Amherst (where he met Jordan), and then took care of injuries at a local machine tool factory during the war. In 1943, the Boston Yankees (later called the New York Bulldogs and now the New York Yankees) hired Fadden and he stayed with the organization until his return to Harvard. In the meantime, he spent one season with the Chicago White Sox and joined the Red Sox last summer. He will go South with Boston in February, work with them all summer and return here in the fall.
Fadden works a seven-day week during the football season and, since his ministrations are not limited to athletes, his load does not lighten significantly once the season ends: soon the ski injuries will start piling in.
In addition to his reputation as a first-class arnica and iodine man, Fadden is a highly engaging raconteur. During his travels around professional circuits, he has rubbed elbows of great and near-great athletes (it was Fadden who treated Ted Williams' injury last summer). He has a ready stock of stories which he can relate much in the manner of Ring Lardner's rookie. Not only that, but there was not one major injury during the past football season. Good man to have around.