- Gymnasts Lift
This black-and-white photograph shows the Springfield College exhibition team performing. The men are lying on their back and supporting the women by their shoulders. These pairs form a circle, in the center of which is a gymnast holding another over his head.
- Grimaldi, Matthew F.
- Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
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College Archives Digital Collections
Frank Wolcott Papers
Springfield College--Gymnastics--Exhibition team
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The history of gymnastics at Springfield College stretches nearly as far back as the school’s founding in 1885. Leslie Judd, widely considered a father of modern gymnastics, was the team’s first coach. Dr. James Naismith, the creator of basketball, was an early member of the team. The Exhibition Team has appeared before thousands of spectators in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In fact, in 1941 the team appeared before thirty-five-thousand spectators in twenty-five cities.