1910 Harvard Law vs. Vanderbilt-Sewanee-Michigan

The December 7 New York Times announced that Hamilton Fish’s Harvard Law School All Stars were not through playing; they would be playing two southern teams over the Christmas holidays. On December 28, they would be playing “the pick of Vanderbilt and Suwanee elevens” at Memphis and on the 31st, their opposition was to be “the best men from the University of Louisiana and one or two other colleges” at New Orleans. Things, however, didn’t turn out as planned.

A December 26 wire service article reported that Fielding Yost “may don the moleskin again” as he was coaching a “western all-southern eleven” that would be playing Harvard Law School in two days. Joining him from his Michigan squad were Germany Schultz and Smith. The Wikipedia page for the 1910 Wolverines lists no Smith on the Michigan squad. So, it is possible that Smith wasn’t the player’s real name. Perhaps he was a coach or former player.

The evening papers on the 28th reported that heavy rain caused the game to be postponed due to wet grounds. “The Harvard team will leave for Nashville tonight, and will play in that city tomorrow. After playing games in Nashville and Baton Rouge, La., they will return to Memphis Saturday next and play the postponed game. Newspapers were about as accurate then as now.

The postponed game between the Harvard Law School All Stars and the Vanderbilt-Sewanee-Michigan players was played on December 30 in Nashville. The muddy field did not slow the players as Hamilton Fish made a 100-yard run only to be stopped by Neely Browne of Sewanee 10 yards short of the goal. (The field apparently had not been reduced to its present length yet.) The game ended as a scoreless tie. The following coverage of the game omits the names of the players’ colleges:

Next time: the next game.

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4 Responses to “1910 Harvard Law vs. Vanderbilt-Sewanee-Michigan”

  1. Cake Says:

    Lots of great names here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chigger_Browne Chigger Browne’s article has a picture which must have been taken around that time

  2. Cake Says:

    Hager, nobody comes to mind
    Cecil Covington, Vanderbilt
    Stewart, nobody comes to mind
    Vaughn Blake, Vanderbilt
    Dan Blake, Vanderbilt
    Frank Faulkinberry, Sewanee
    Louis “Red” Hasslock, Vanderbilt
    probably “Lex” Stone, Sewanee
    Smith, nobody comes to mind and you show why
    Dan McGugin, Vanderbilt coach
    Chigger Browne, Sewanee
    probably Bill Neely, Vanderbilt, though out of position if him
    Douglass, nobody comes to mind; maybe A. H. Douglas if included U of Tenn players
    John Edgerton, Vanderbilt
    probably Henry H Williams, Vanderbilt

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