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1901 Football Team at Springfield College

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Title:
1901 Football Team at Springfield College
Description:
A photograph of the 1901 football team at Springfield College, led by Head Coach James McCurdy, and team Captain George Cornell (class of 1902). The team finished the season with a record of 3 wins, 2 losses, and 2 ties. The members of the team include: [1st row from left to right] Louis Bradshaw (class of 1903), Samuel Abbott (class of 1904), John Gray (class of 1904), Nobel Randel (class of 1904), Frederick Henckel (class of 1904), Gilbert Thompson (class of 1903), and Porter Woolworth (class of 1903); [2nd row from left to right] Edward Offinger (class of 1904), Edward Elliott (class of 1904), George Cornell, Thomas Clark (class of 1903), James Armstrong (manager, class of 1903), Elmer Berry (class of 1902), and Von Roseboro (class of 1903); [3rd row from left to right] Frederick Bugbee (class of 1903), James McCurdy, George McLaren (class of 1903), John Schroeder (assistant manager, class of 1902), Charles Ashley (class of 1904), Robert Hamlin (class of 1904), and Dr. Page. 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:
1901
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
Cornell, George
Bradshaw, Louis
Abbott, Samuel
Gray, John
Randel, Nobel
Henckel, Frederick
Thompson, Gilbert
Woolworth, Porter
Offinger, Edward
Elliot, Edward
Clark, Thomas
Armstrong, James
Berry, Elmer
Roseboro, Von
Bugbee, Frederick
McLaren, George
Schroeder, John
Ashley, Charles
Hamlin, Robert
Page
Team
Uniform
Padding
Football
Cleats
Places:
MassachusettsHampden (county)Springfield
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Terms of Use:
Text and images are owned, held, or licensed by Springfield College and are available for personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided that ownership is properly cited. A credit line is required and should read: Courtesy of Springfield College, Babson Library, Archives and Special Collections. Any commercial use without written permission from Springfield College is strictly prohibited. Other individuals or entities other than, and in addition to, Springfield College may also own copyrights and other propriety rights. The publishing, exhibiting, or broadcasting party assumes all responsibility for clearing reproduction rights and for any infringement of United States copyright law.
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Publisher:
Springfield College
Notes:
Item in oversized collection folder 3.
Identifier:
SC22916