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Piling On: 1912

Piling On: 1912

        UPDATE: That's legendary athlete Jim Thorpe standing in the middle of the pile.

Washington, D.C., 1912. "Football -- Georgetown-Carlisle game; Glenn Warner." The College Football Hall of Famer who was coach of the Carlisle (Pa.) Indian Industrial School. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Helmets - 1939

Helmets were not a mandatory piece of equipment in college gridiron until 1939. - Nelson, David M.; The Anatomy of a Game: Football, the Rules, and the Men Who Made the Game; p. 76

Shady Business

I love the tree in the middle of the bleachers. You don't see that any more!

Helmets optional

Whistle is blown and the play is over. Will have to uncover the pile to see if the ball is over the goal line. The goal post is actually on the line at that time instead of the back of the end zone. The change to the back of the end zone was made by the NCAA in 1927. Main reason was to prevent injuries to the players.

Helmets optional?

A couple players appear to be bareheaded. Another seems to be wearing a knit hat. When did helmets become standard gear?

The World's Greatest Athlete

I believe that's the legendary Jim Thorpe standing in the middle of the pile. He played for Carlisle from 1907-1912.

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