Posts Tagged ‘Notre Dame’

Carlisle to Play Utah on Christmas

April 26, 2011

The next day’s issue of Deseret News out of Salt Lake City announced the upcoming Carlisle-Utah game with more vigor but no new facts; “The University football players had better get their scalps in pretty good shape between now and Christmas, otherwise they may lose them. Word has reached the city that the Carlisle Indians are due to swoop down on the Varsity bunch that day, and if possible ‘lift their scalps.’ …Nothing definite has been decided upon but the probabilities are that a sufficient sum of money will soon be forthcoming to induce the Indians to come here. The [Christmas Day] game would be the biggest gridiron event of the season and would undoubtedly pay well.”

The November 27 issue of The Red Man & Helper included game scores for the entire regular season, including the victory the previous day, Thanksgiving Day, over Northwestern but made no mention of post season games, either possible or scheduled. The next day’s “Notes of the Gridiron” column, probably circulated via a wire service gossiped about possible post season games: “Notre Dame and Indians are talking of a post season game. Carlisle and Haskell may play Dec. 5 for the Indian championship.”

That Sunday’s Salt Lake Herald blared “Big Game for Christmas Day” and “Varsity Signs Contracts to Play Indians Here.” In part, the article stated, “This game will be none other than one in which the famous Carlisle Indians will play the principal part and the other team will be made up from the present eleven representing the state university, with the pick of the players on several of the other teams to fill in the weak spots on the varsity. The date of the game is Christmas and it will be played on Cummings field. The contracts for the game were signed several days ago by the members of the varsity athletic committee, but the facts were not given out until yesterday, The signing of the contracts by Coach Warner, for the Carlisle Indians, would indicate that there can be no hitch now and that the game will be a sure go.”

To be continued….

Southern All Stars

May 4, 2010

On New Year’s Eve, the day after the game in Nashville, the Harvard Law School All Stars played an All-Southern All Star team in Memphis. This was apparently the game that had been previously rained out. Hamilton Fish played even though his nose was broken the day before by a rough blow from “Smith” of Michigan. Even with the injuries, Harvad Law’s line-up changed little from the previous game:


Dowey replaced Galbreath at right end and Hamm started at right guard rather than relieving Hoar. Their opponents weren’t identified as to their college affiliation. However, a game write-up provided a few details. Again, the game was played on a soggy field. Kennebrew, Carter, Barker and Lee were from Ole Miss and Marro was a former Notre Dame star, one assumes, from the South. Perhaps a reader will provide more information on the Southern All Stars.

Once again, the game was a defensive struggle with the only scoring came in the third quarter on a 25-yard pass play from Harvard Law’s quarterback Gallati to left end Silas Williams, ironically captain of the 1910 Sewanee team. The kick after touchdown was not made, resulting in a 5-0 win for the Harvard Law All Stars.

January 2, 1911 found the Harvard Law School All Stars in Baton Rouge, Louisiana playing a team of former LSU stars. Fish’s squad was even more banged up after the Memphis game and had to make more changes in its line-up. Forcheimer started at right end; Crumpacker shifted to right guard; Hall played left tackle; and McVeagh called signals from the quarterback position. The old LSU stars, many of whom hadn’t played in two or three years, acquitted themselves well. Harvard Law showed the effects of travel and the two previous games. In what a sports writer called, “the finest exhibition of football ever given in this state,” field conditions prevented spectacular play. Strong winds hampered passing and played havoc with punts. The game ended as a scoreless tie.

Afterwards, Hamilton Fish took his men to New Orleans for some rest, relaxation and recuperation. While there, the University of Havana challenged Harvard Law to a game in Cuba. Fish declined. Thus ended Harvard Law School football.

Gus Welch Was a Redskin

February 13, 2010

While working on Gus Welch’s chapter for the upcoming “Wisconsin’s Carlisle Indian School Immortals,” I read a letter in his Carlisle Indian School file that he wrote to Superintendent John Francis in June 1917 about his experiences in Reserve Officers Training Camp at Fort Niagara, New York. Most of the letter dealt with the severe headaches Welch was suffering at the rifle range. After fracturing both his cheekbone and the base of his skull in a collision with Ray “Iron Eich” Eichenlaub in the 1914 Notre Dame game, Gus disobeyed doctor’s orders and checked himself out of the hospital prematurely. His physician described his injury as one “…which requires absolute rest to insure a future without invalidism, such as epilepsy, paralysis, deafness or loss of sight, any one of which might develop in after years from recklessness or negligence at this time.” Fortunately for Gus, none of these things happened, but not by much.

Gus also wrote about the standards he held himself to: I have done my best, keeping always in mind that I was a Carlisle man. I also had to remember that I was the only Redskin in camp, and of course my errors would naturally look larger than the other fellows.” It is significant that he referred to himself as a Redskin, something he was proud of being. Welch was no shrinking violet or “Uncle Tom.” When the Federal Government appropriated some of his land for a highway, he didn’t take it lying down. He fought them as hard as he could, using his legal skills learned at Dickinson School of Law and in his years of practice.

This is evidence that, less than 100 years ago, Redskins was not a derogative term. It seems not to have been derogative until some activists “discovered” alternative meanings in the 1960s.