1925 Springfield College Football Team
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A photograph of the 1925 football team at Springfield College. The team was led by John Rothacher and finished the season with 6 wins, 1 loss, and 1 tie. The only loss of the season came against Amherst with a final score of 16-0. The members of the team include [front row from left to right] Ross Shafer (class of '26), Elisha Shaw (class of '26), Warren Woodson (class of '26), Robert Elliot (Captain, class of '26), Robert Berry (class of '26), John Rau (class of '26), and Claude Beasley (class of '26); [2nd row from left to right] John Hafner (class of '27), Arlin Maddox (class of '27), Wilbur Smith (class of '27), James Moles (class of '26), Richard Crawley (class of '26), Britton Boughner (class of '27), C. Henry Bartlett (class of '27), and Chester Bollier (class of '28); [3rd row from left to right] Erastus Pennock (Assistant Coach), Abner Hagberg (Manager, class of '26), Harry Mahnken (class of '27), Millard Thompson (class of '27), John Rothacher (Head Coach), Edward "Ed"Bardo (class of '28), Humphrey Howe (class of '28), unk., and Harold DeGroat (Assistant Coach). 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.
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Bartlett, C. Henry
Pennock, Erastuc W
Bard, Edward (Ed)
DeGroat, Harold S
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