Ball never got a lot of publicity because he was a blocking back in the old single-wing formation, yet he was a great all around player and the last of the two-way quarterbacks. When he wasn’t on offense, he starred at linebacker. He was the starting QB in 1942 and played a leading role in the Crusaders' startling 55-12 upset of Boston College that year. That win was considered by many in that era to be the greatest college football upset of all time.
He left Holy Cross in 1942 for a stint in the service, but came back to quarterback the Crusaders for two years from 1946-47. Ball was a three-year All New England selection and played in three wins over BC. He played in the 1948 East-West Shrine Game along with teammate Bob Sullivan.