Gymnasts balancing on one leg
- Gymnasts balancing on one leg
This black-and-white photograph shows the Springfield what is thought to be the Springfield College men’s gymnastics team balancing on one leg with their torsos parallel to the ground and their arms held out from their sides. Each gymnast has a thin metal rod resting on his left arm and the back of his neck.
- Huntington, Wally E.
- 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.