1898 Springfield College Football Team
- 1898 Springfield College Football Team
A photograph of the 1898 football team at Springfield College. The members of the team includes [in no order] Robert Ross (class of 1898), Elmer Berry (class of 1902), James McCurdy (Head Coach), Charles Boardman (class of 1899), Chas Dodge (class of 1898), Wilfred Chapin (class of 1898), Joseph Goodhue (class of 1898), George Dodge (class of 1898), Albert Davis (class of 1898), Alanson Fish (class of 1898), Carlos Clapp (class of 1898), and Thomas Browne (class of 1898). The team finished the season with a disappointing record of 0 wins and 2 losses.
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Springfield College Football Team Papers
International Young Men's Christian Association Training School (Springfield, Mass.)
McCurdy, J. H. (James Huff), 1866-1940
Ross, Robert S.
Berry, Elmer E.
Boardman, Charles A.
Dodge, Charles E.
Chapin, Wilfred H.
Goodhue, Joseph A.
Dodge, George E.
Davis, Albert B.
Fish, Alanson L.
Clapp, Carlos D.
Browne, Thomas J.
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In 1890, Amos Alonzo Stagg, a Yale all-American and major league baseball pitching prospect, came to Springfield College (then known as the YMCA Training School) and started the college’s first football team. A grad student in a one-year program to become a YMCA Physical Director, he served as Coach, Manager, Captain, and Player on this original team often called “Stagg’s Eleven” or “The Stubby Christians.” The team finished the first season with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses, playing Yale strongly in the first indoor football game ever played in Madison Square Garden. Among other greats to coach the football team was James Huff McCurdy. McCurdy came to Springfield in 1895 and headed the team till 1917. He is largely responsible for helping to grow the Springfield College football team’s reputation and starting a long tradition of being feared by other colleges, in addition to his innovative work in exercise physiology. Later, Oscar “Ossie” Solem, famous Syracuse University coach, coached the team from 1946-1957.