1909 Springfield College Football Team
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A photograph of the 1909 football team at Springfield College, led by Head Coach James McCurdy. The team finished the season with 5 wins and 1 loss. The members of the team include: [back row from left to right]: Isaiah Farnham (Manager, '10), James McCurdy (Head Coach), Walter Smethurst (Assistant Manager, '12); [2nd row from left to right] Ernest Moller ('10), William Yeager ('10), Ferdinand Courleux ('11), Seymour Collings ('12), Louis Schroeder ('12), and Herbert Gregory ('12); [3rd row from left to right]: Cuvier Metzler ('12), Frank Winters ('10), Joseph McCullock (Captain, '10), Robert Delehanty ('11), and Royal Martin ('11); [front row from left to right]: Emil Hulek ('11) and Jesse Hopkins ('18). 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.
|Springfield College Archives and Special Collections|
|International Young Men's Christian Association Training School (Springfield, Mass.)|
McCurdy, J.H. (James Huff), 1866-1940
Schroeder, Louis C
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