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1894 Springfield College Football Team

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Title:
1894 Springfield College Football Team
Description:
A photograph of the 1894 football team at Springfield College. The team was led by Head Coach Frank Seerly and team captain Lawrence Oller (class of 1895) and finished the season with a record of 2 wins, 0 losses, and 2 ties. The members of the team include [in no order]: William Durand (class of 1895), William Denman (class of 1895), Diedrich Stolte (class of 1896), Reuel Bartlett (class of 1895), Ernest Mogge (class of 1894), Elliott Pogue (class of 1896), Walter Russell (class of 1895), Ernest Bartlett (class of 1896), Henry Otto (class of 1896), Daniel Chapman (class of 1887), George Sterner (class of 1896), Dockman, Levy, Hughes, Terry, Marhel, and Albert Turner (class of 1887). 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.
Date:
1894
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
Seerly, Frank
Oller, Lawrence
Durand, William
Denman, William
Stolte, Diedrich
Bartlett, Reuel
Mogge, Ernest
Pogue, Elliott
Russell, Walter
Bartlett, Ernest
Otto, Henry
Chapman, Daniel
Sterner, George
Dockman
Levy
Hughes
Terry
Marhel
Turner, Albert
Team
Cleats
Football
Places:
MassachusettsHampden (county)Springfield
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Publisher:
Springfield College
Notes:
Item is slightly torn on left upper corner; Members of the team according to "The History of Football at Springfield College."
Identifier:
SC21297