1912 Springfield College Football Team
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A photograph of the 1912 football team at Springfield College. The individuals in the photograph are: [back row left to right] Owen Horne ('13), Robert Boardman ('13), and Carl Beghold ('15); [2nd row left to right] Duncan McRae ('13) and William Hall ('14); [3rd row left to right] Ray Brinkman (manager, '13), Otto Friedland ('14), James McCurdy (Head Coach), and Henry Wielt ('14); [4th row from left to right] Fred Dickens ('14), Herman Lorenz ('14), Dan Kelly (team Captain), and Walter Bell ('15); [front row from left to right] Roy Guyer ('13), Robert McLean ('14), and John Rothacher ('14). The team finished the 1912 season with 5 wins and 4 losses. 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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McCurdy, J.H. (James Huff), 1866-1940
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