was born on 8th July 1897 in Forni di Sopra,
the son of Siro Joseph and Luigia Dorigo Mannelli.
His family moved to the
when he was one year old, initially living in
but moved to
father was a Florentine sculptor who contributed to the
for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 as well as the Golden
Gate International Exposition of 1939, both in
. The Golden
Gate International Exposition was a World's Fair that celebrated, among
other things, the city's two newly-built bridges. The
, which was dedicated in 1936 and the
which was dedicated in 1937. During
his career Siro won numerous awards for his sculpture and woodcarving.
, Panama-Pacific International Exposition 1915,
was educated at
. Apart from rugby he was an excellent basketball player, but baseball was his
best sport. He had a tryout with the minor league Oakland Oaks, but it was
several years after his competitive prime and many people thought he could have
played major league ball, had he started earlier. Mannelli later worked for the
as an engineer.
Caesar Mannelli, front centre, in the
rugby XV. photograph taken in
on Nov 25th 1920. Coutesy of Stephen de Zordo
played twice for the
in the 1924 Olympics against
(won 37-0) and in the final against
when he scored a try. This try was the last one scored in an Olympic Games.
the American team run to congratulate Mannelli (on ground), after scoring the
last try of the match
squad training in
before Olympic Games in
. Photo taken at Plymouth Rugby Club. Back Row (L-R): Sam Goodman (Manager),
Valentine, Cashel, Williams, B, Slater (Cpt), Farish, Clark, Patrick, N. Slater,
DeGroot, Charles Austin (Coach) Middle Row: Graff, Turkington, Deveraux,
Mannelli, Doe, Cunningham,
. Front Row: Rogers, Hyland, Hunter, O'Neill, Cleveland, Muldoon, Scholz.
father died on 21st May 1955 in
died on 3rd May
1936 in Mayberry Slough,