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Gridiron Gypsies: How The Carlisle Indians Shaped Modern Football

Gridiron Gypsies: How The Carlisle Indians Shaped Modern Football

by Tom Benjey
Gridiron Gypsies: How The Carlisle Indians Shaped Modern Football

Gridiron Gypsies: How The Carlisle Indians Shaped Modern Football

by Tom Benjey
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Overview

After pleading with Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt to be allowed to play football against other schools, the small complement of students old enough competed against college men from coast to coast. Some had never seen a real football before and most were learning English. Located in a small town in Southcentral Pennsylvania, they traveled considerable distances to play all their important games on the road, but still won most of them. Soon, Carlisle players became known nationwide and more teams than they could schedule requested games. Large crowds turned out to see and support them. Their games were covered as much nationally as were the large universities. After hiring Pop Warner as their coach, they were a phenomenon. Carlisle players made All-America lists and seven have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. These include Jim Thorpe, James Johnson, Gus Welch, Ed Rogers, Al Exendine, Joe Guyon and Lone Star Dietz.

The only previous attempt at writing Carlisle Indian School's football team's history was made in 1951, well before modern research tools were available. Dr. Benjey's work includes all the games they played and at the correct locations and on the actual dates.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936161065
Publisher: Tuxedo Press
Publication date: 11/01/2022
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 734,699
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

A statement by the presenter at a talk about the Carlisle Indian School near the end of the last century set Dr. Tom Benjey in motion. When she said that Lone Star Dietz led Washington State to an undefeated season and victory in the first Rose Bowl in 1916, the indignant Michigan alumna sitting next to him said, "Oh no! Michigan won the first Rose Bowl in 1902 over Stanford." When they returned home, Benjey did a little research and found Dietz to be a fascinating character about whom no biography had been written. He was hooked. A couple of decades and several articles and a few books later, he felt confident enough to write a complete and accurate history of the Carlisle football team.

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