Going through some of my grandfather's stuff, I just found this 1915 football program. Some of you will remember I recently posted pictures of Giant's programs from the '20s. I hope some of you Syracuse alums enjoy this. https://imgur.com/gallery/PDmcq9U
I think my favorite parts are "The Men as they will Oppose Each Other" as the title for the starting lineups, and pretty much all of the stadium jottings, especially "the price of cushions is 10 cents- DONT PAY MORE!', "Toilet Rooms at the Irving Ave entrance", and last but certainly not least..."Refrain from cheering when EITHER team is giving signals":)
interesting to me that Syracuse did a 3 game western road trip. Montana, Portland and LA. I didn't think college teams traveled that much in 1915, wouldn't have expected Syracuse to go much further than Michigan or Illinois.
-"Foot Ball" first off, tho it was football later in the prog
-The fact it's a Foot Ball program. Oh and also X-Country btw
-25 cent parking! Reads like those are prime spots. I live in LA...
-The ads that are stories or convos, vs just a one line motto or saying
-References to AG Spalding sports store in Cuse...the official college football, but guessing the same bball co today
-Scoring. Lists the obvious stuff TD...6 pts etc, but last one "Touchback...Nothing" was an lol
-Principal Alterations of the Rules for 1915. Subs only to start periods. Running into punter, but also the FB is 15 yrds. Rouging him is 15 + DQs. If a 2nd eligible man touches a fwd pass after being touched by another eligible player, it's incomplete (no tip drills deflections?)
-Principal penalties: Extra TO call - 2 yds. "Unreasonable Delay" - 5. Crawling - 5. Interference of fwd pass - 15 (PDs not allowed?)
-But weirder: Leaving the field at intermission - 15. Side line coaching (I assume out of team area but sounds funny) - 15. Team not ready to start half - 25!!! Striking, kneeing, kicking (no further explanation) - Half the distance (is that from anywhere? Next one is half the distance within the 1)
went to M St HS in DC, which was one of the first high schools for African Americans in the country, opened in 1870. The original building is still standing and is on the National Register of Historical Places but is no longer a school.
Unless I come up with a better idea I'll probably just preserve it and give it to my kids. I'll definitely save the Giants programs since they have my grandfather listed as a player but this program is less sentimental to me.
For pay at more than one school per weekend. I remember a patient of mine who regaled me with tales as a paid “student” player for Harvard, Colgate, Princeton etc at at the same time and same weekend. Went on until WWII when many player/students were of course drafted and colleges went under many federal programs.,
I am sure there is much more to these stories than I remember.
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