1911 Springfield College Football Team
- 1911 Springfield College Football Team
A photograph of the 1911 Springfield College football team. The team was left by Head Coach James McCurdy and finished the season with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss. The only loss of the season came against Amherst, with a final score of 3-0. The members of the team include [1st row seated left to right]: Hugh Doane ('12), and Norman Fradd ('12); [2nd row from left to right] Carl Merner ('12), Herbert Gregory ('12), Cuvier Metzler (Captain, '12), William Hazel ('11), and Owen Horne ('13); [3rd row from left to right] Leslie "Les" Mann ('14), Allen "Al" Ireland (Manager, '12), Ray Brinkman ('13), and Bert Swenson ('12); [4th row from left to right] Seymour Collings ('12), Carl Schott ('12), James McCurdy (Head Coach), George Deaver ('12), and Dan Kelly ('13).
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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
Doane, Hugh R.
Fradd, Norman W.
Merner, Carl J.
Metzler, Cuvier A.
Hazel, William J.
Horne, Owen E.
Ireland, Allen G.
Brinkman, Ray N.
Swenson, Bert E.
Collings, Seymour W.
Schott, Carl P.
Deaver, George G.
Kelley, Daniel F.
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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.
Oversized collection folder 3.