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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.

1910 Harvard Law vs. Vanderbilt-Sewanee-Michigan

April 30, 2010

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.