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Eastern v. Central: 1923

Eastern v. Central: 1923

November 3, 1923. High school football in Washington, D.C.: Eastern vs. Central. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.



Football helmets look to have been optional in 1923. I remember an article years ago (in American Heritage magazine?) about the introduction of helmets in college football. The sport had been running a death rate of something like five players a year nationally, but many old fans including former president Teddy Roosevelt lamented the introduction of helmets. They thought it sissified the sport.

More Stop Action Greatness

More stop action greatness...just a great shot considering the time period. Love the taped up pants as well. Thanks for posting this.


So when did the refs start wearing stripes?

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