Stagg Honored at Pacific University (1948)
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This photograph shows Amos Alonzo Stagg (seated, left), eighty-six years old, with his son Paul Stagg (standing left), R. B. Hammond (seated, right) and W. C. Giersbach (standing right). They are attending an event hosted by the trustees of Pacific University at University Club in Portland, Oregon, honoring Amos Alonzo Stagg for his dedication to football. Despite his age, he actively helped his son, Paul Stagg, with spring training at Pacific University, Forest Grove. An All-American Yale player, Amos Alonzo Stagg (1862-1965) brought football to Springfield College and coached the institution’s first team in 1891. After arriving as a graduate student and instructor in 1890, Stagg posted a notice inviting students and faculty to play football for the institution. The first year ended with a 5-3 record, highlighted by a 26-0 defeat of Amherst and a contest against Yale at Madison Square Garden, the first-ever indoor football game. Yale fielded a team of five varsity players, two substitutes, and a group of Yale graduates. Springfield College, at this time, had less than fifty students from which to draw. Stagg was the only experienced player on the Springfield College squad and found his team outsized by an average of twenty pounds per man. In a great game, Springfield College showed true courage and pride, but ultimately lost 16-10. The newspapers labeled Stagg’s team the “Stubby Christians,” commending the team for the surprise they gave everyone in attendance and how they outplayed the giants from New Haven. After coaching for fifty-seven years at number of different institutions, he became the dean of college football coaches. Stagg pioneered the huddle, the man in motion, the end-around, and the Statue of Liberty play, among others. During October 2006, the refurbished Benedum Field was renamed the Amos Alonzo Stagg Field. In The Fireside Book of Football, Edwin Pope describes Stagg as “football’s Ben Franklin, Alexander Bell, and Thomas Edison all rolled into one.” Paul Stagg (March 18, 1909 – September 4, 1992) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Moravian College (1934–1936), Springfield College (1937–1940), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1941–1946), and Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon (1946–1960), compiling a career college football record of 94–99–12. Stagg played football as a quarterback at the University of Chicago, where his father, Amos Alonzo Stagg, was the head coach. He was an assistant coach under his father at Chicago in the fall of 1932 before graduating in December with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in geography. He followed the elder Stagg in 1933 to the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where he served as an assistant coach for a season before taking the head coaching job at Moravian. Paul Stagg returned to the University of the Pacific in 1961 as director of physical education and intercollegiate athletics, a capacity in which he served until 1967. Walter C. Giersbach B.D., Ph.D., D.D, LL.D. served as the ninth President of Pacific University from 1941-1953. In 1953, the Board of Trustees called for his resignation and fired him, shocking Giersbach, who considered himself a successful president. That same year, he was appointed to the Oregon State Senate. History reveals Giersbach as one of Pacific’s most successful presidents: the campus flourished under his presidency and he significantly raised the University’s profile.
Printed on back: (on back): Famed Football Patriach Honored by Pacific University; Amos alonzo Stagg, Univ. of Chicago coach for 41 years, was honored last week (May 5) at University Club, Portland, Ore., by trustees of Pacific University, Forest Grove, where Paul Stagg coaches and heads physical education. Stagg, Sr., now 86, actively helped his son with spring training. Dr. Giersbach, Pacific U. president, paid tribute to Staggs at dinner of leading Portlanders.; (Seated, l. to r.) A. A. Stagg, R. B. Hammond; (Standing, l. to r) Paul Stagg, W. C. Giersbach
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Stagg, Amos Alonzo, 1862-1965
Hammon, R. B
Giersbach, Walter C
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