- Gymnasts Sparring
This black-and-white photograph shows two Springfield College gymnasts sparring. It was taken on March 11, 1951. The gymnast on the right is kneeling while swinging a sword at the gymnast on the left, who is jumping high into the air.
- Springfield Sunday Republican (Springfield, Mass.)
March 11, 1951
- Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
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Frank Wolcott Papers
Springfield College--Gymnastics--Exhibition team
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Springfield Sunday Republican (Springfield, Mass.)
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.