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The Player: 1920

The Player: 1920

Washington, D.C. "F. Murphy, Catholic University, 1920." Outstanding in his field. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Being from CUA, had to find where this was taken and I believe it was shot where the Dominican House of Studies now stands, across Michigan Avenue from the Main Campus. I think that is Gibbons Hall to the left and Michigan Avenue is following those telephone poles and just a cow track, literally, to what it is today. The dark building behind him could be Albert Hall, now gone.


August Sander, eat your heart out!

Rugged footgear

Likely not too much worry about the loss of a shoe on a play with those heavily-laced boots.

New Rule

No grabbing below the waist.

Elbow pad

Must have taken a dinger on that left elbow!

Back when the helmets were leather

And the men were steel.

How would you like to line up across from this guy? He has a very intimidating stare.

All alone

One of the reasons I love this site is it brings forth every once in a while a photo with immense power. The look on this young mans face the empty field and stark buildings along with the rip in his jersey brings a wordless poignancy to the photo. Definitely a favorite.

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