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1904 Springfield College Football Team

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Title:
1904 Springfield College Football Team
Description:
A photograph of the 1904 Springfield College football team, led by Head Coach Charles E. Street. The members of the team include [in no order]: Dexter Draper (Captain, '05], Bohumil Pest ('05), Guy Lowman ('05), Oscar Martin ('05), August Metzdorf ('05), Percy Holmes ('04), Joseph Steiner (Manager, '05), John Roy ('05), Appleton Mason ('06), Thomas Burckhalter ('05), August Steigerwalder ('06), George Peckham ('06), William Young ('07), Frederick Hill ('05), Joseph Seller ('06), Arthur Briggs ('07), and Orlin Williams ('07). The team finished the season with a record of 4 wins, 4 losses, and 1 tie. 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:
1904
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
Triangles
Street, Charles E.
Draper, Dexter
Pest, Bohumil
Lowman, Guy
Martin, Oscar
Metzdorf, August
Holmes, Percy
Steiner, Joseph
Roy, John
Mason, Appleton
Burckhalter, Thomas
Steigerwalder, August
Peckham, George
Young, William
Hill, Frederick
Seller, Joseph
Briggs, Arthur
Williams, Orlin
Football
Team
Cleats
Steps
Places:
MassachusettsHampden (county)Springfield
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Publisher:
Springfield College
Identifier:
football-1904-team-photograph