1891 Stanford Football Team
1891 Stanford football
Conference Independent
1891 record 3-1
Head coach none
Captain John Whittemore
Seasons
1892 ->
1891 college football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Yale   -       13 - 0 - 0
Harvard   -       13 - 1 - 0
Princeton   -       12 - 1 - 0
Trinity   -       3 - 0 - 0
Wake Forest   -       1 - 0 - 0
Penn   -       11 - 2 - 0
Illinois   -       5 - 1 - 0
Colgate   -       4 - 1 - 0
Army   -       4 - 1 - 1
Stanford   -       3 - 1 - 0
Vanderbilt   -       3 - 1 - 0
Wisconsin   -       3 - 1 - 1
Navy   -       5 - 2 - 0
Cornell   -       7 - 3 - 0
Rutgers   -       8 - 6 - 0
Washington & Jefferson   -       4 - 2 - 0
Virginia   -       2 - 1 - 2
Dartmouth   -       2 - 2 - 1
Washington   -       1 - 1 - 0
Sewanee   -       1 - 2 - 0
USC   -       1 - 2 - 0
Michigan   -       4 - 5 - 0
Colorado   -       1 - 4 - 0
Columbia   -       1 - 5 - 0
California   -       0 - 1 - 0
West Virginia   -       0 - 1 - 0
North Carolina   -       0 - 2 - 0

The 1891 Stanford football team represented Stanford University in the 1891 college football season. This was the inaugural year of both the University and the football team: the University opened in October 1891 and the four-game season was played in early 1892.

Origins

Soon after Stanford opened on October 1, 1891, students set out to form a football team.[1] One transfer student, John Whittemore, had played football at Washington University. He was chosen as captain and began to organize the team.[1]

Whittemore acted as de facto coach, drawing up plays and organizing practices.[1] The team won its first two games against Hopkins Academy and Berkeley Gym before losing to a team from San Francisco's Olympic Club.[2] In its final game of the first season, Stanford upset a more experienced team from the University of California, Berkeley, setting the stage for what would become the longstanding Big Game rivalry.[1][3][4]

Schedule

Date Opponent Site Result
January 30, 1892 vs. Hopkins Academy Redwood City, CA W 10-6  
February 6, 1892 vs. Berkeley Gym Berkeley, CA W 22-0  
February 13, 1892 Olympic Club Stanford, CA L 6-10  
March 19, 1892 California Haight Street Grounds o San Francisco, CA (1st Big Game) W 14-10  

Game summaries

California

1st Big Game
1 2 3 4 Total
California 0 0 4 6 10
o Stanford 8 6 0 0 14

Soon after formation of Stanford's team, players at the University of California, Berkeley, which had been playing football for 10 years, contacted the team to set up a Thanksgiving Day game; as the Stanford team was still organizing, a spring game was eventually agreed to.[1][4]

On March 19, 1892, the Stanford and California teams met to play at Haight Street Grounds in San Francisco. Stanford's team manager was future U.S. President Herbert Hoover; Hoover had printed 10,000 tickets for the game, but soon an overflow crowd forced Hoover to collect cash payment for admission.[1] As the game was about to begin, both teams realized that no one had brought a ball. An owner of a sporting goods store who was in attendance was dispatched on horseback to retrieve a ball and the game eventually started an hour late.[1]

Stanford employed some trick plays and scored the first three touchdowns of the game (touchdowns were worth 4 points at that time) and held on to upset the more experienced California team 14-10.[1][4]

Legacy

The next season, Whittemore wrote to legendary Yale coach Walter Camp asking him to recommend a coach for Stanford; to Whittemore's surprise, Camp agreed to coach the team himself, on the condition that he coach the season at Yale first.[1]

Whittemore's son, also named John Whittemore and also a Stanford student, lived to the age of 104 and was renowned as a masters track and field athlete.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Migdol, Gary (1997). Stanford: Home of Champions. Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing LLC. pp. 8-11. ISBN 1-57167-116-1. Retrieved 2013. 
  2. ^ "Stanford Game-by-Game Results; 1891-1894". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2013. 
  3. ^ Results from "Stanford Football Media Guide" (PDF). p. 142. Retrieved 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c McCormick, Ginny (December 1997). "The Hundred Years' War". Stanford Magazine. Retrieved 2013. 
  5. ^ Porter, A. Spencer (December 1997). "Still a contender". Stanford Magazine. Retrieved 2013. 

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