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1898-1899 Springfield College Football Team

Item Information

Title:
1898-1899 Springfield College Football Team
Description:
A photograph of the 1898-1899 football team at Springfield College. The team was coached by James McCurdy and it is unclear what the final record was at the end of the season. The photograph is taken outside on the football field and the goalpost is visible in the background of the photograph. There are some players kneeling and sitting on the ground, while other players are standing behind them.
Date:
1898–1899
Format:
Photographs
Location:
Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
Collection (local):
College Archives Digital Collections
Series:
Springfield College Football Team Papers
Subjects:
International Young Men's Christian Association Training School (Springfield, Mass.)
Springfield College
Springfield College--Football
Springfield College--Sports
Springfield College--Sports--Men
McCurdy, J. H. (James Huff), 1866-1940
Group portraits
Football
Athletes
Places:
MassachusettsHampden (county)Springfield
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Publisher:
Springfield College
Notes:
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.
Identifier:
SC21294