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1913. Annapolis, Maryland. "U.S. Naval Academy football team." With chalked-on jersey numbers. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.


Shutout Kings II

Since Army defeated Navy that year the entire season's accomplishments became just a footnote.

Go Navy --- Beat Army

Shutout kings

In a nine-game season, the 1913 Midshipmen allowed only one of their first eight opponents to score a point. After starting out the season tying Pittsburgh 0-0, future vice-admiral John H. Brown Jr. and his teammates overwhelmed every other opponent, allowing only Bucknell to reach the end zone (once), while scoring 295 points. Their run came to an end against Army on Nov. 29, when future general Omar Bradley and the other Black Knights dominated the contest, defeating Navy 22-9.


On this mega sport day in America, I would like, as a non-American, to commend all Americans for their many positive traits as exhibited in this group of 30 of its young athletic men: confidence, wariness, strength, guardedness, friendliness, candor, beauty, toughness, and great hair.

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