1895–96 Chicago Maroons men's basketball team

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1895–96 Chicago Maroons men's basketball
University of Chicago 1895-96 Basketball Team.jpeg
1895–96 record5–2
Head coachHorace Butterworth (1st season)
Home arenaMen's Gymnasium
1895–96 collegiate men's basketball independents standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Wesleyan       1 0   1.000
Bloomsburg       6 1   .857
Minnesota A&M       10 2   .833
Mount Union       3 1   .750
Chicago       5 2   .714
Temple       15 7   .682
Yale       8 5   .615
Allegheny       1 1   .500
Washington       1 1   .500
Minnesota       3 5   .375
Iowa       2 5   .286
Bucknell       1 3   .250
Central Penn       0 2   .000
Drexel       0 1   .000
Macalester       0 4   .000
Savage School of Phys Ed       0 1   .000
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1895–96 Chicago Maroons men's basketball team represented the University of Chicago in intercollegiate basketball during the 1895–96 season. The team finished the season with a 5–2 record[1] and have the distinction of playing in the first five-on-five college basketball game played in United States history versus the Iowa Hawkeyes.[2] The team played their home games on campus in the Men's Gymnasium.

The team consisted of seven players; Allen T. Burns and George H. Garrey at guard; Henry D. Hubbard and Arthur J. Mullen at forward; with Earl W. Peabody, Edgar B. Van Osdel and Leon S. Alschuler as centers. The Maroons were coached by Horace Butterworth who would eventually become Northwestern's baseball coach and athletic director followed by becoming head football coach for Temple.

Five-on-five game[edit]


1895–96 Chicago Maroons men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F Henry Hubbard (C)
Philadelphia, PA
F John Mullen
Woodstock, IL
G Allen Tibbals Burns
Chicago, IL
G George Henry Garrey
Aurora, IL
C Earl William Peabody
Chicago, IL
C Edgar Bates Van Osdel
Grand Rapids, MI
C Leon Samuel Alschuler
Chicago, IL
Head coach

Horace Butterworth (University of Chicago) (1st year)

Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

UChicago Athletics Roster



time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site
city, state
no, no
YMCA Training W 14–4  1-0
Men's Gymnasium 
Chicago, IL
no, no
German YMCA L 9-10  1-1
Men's Gymnasium 
Chicago, IL
no, no
at Iowa
First 5-on-5 college game
W 15-12  2-1
Close Hall 
Iowa City, IA
no, no
West Side YMCA W 17–12  3-1
Men's Gymnasium 
Chicago, IL
no, no
Iowa W 34–18  4-1
Men's Gymnasium 
Chicago, IL
no, no
West Side YMCA L 7-26  4-2
Men's Gymnasium 
Chicago, IL
no, no
Hull House W 28–13  5-2
Men's Gymnasium 
Chicago, IL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.



  1. ^ The Cap and Gown, published 1896, page 203
  2. ^ "The Game That Developed". Big Ten Men's Basketball History. Big Ten Conference. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
  3. ^ University of Chicago Annual Register, July 1895–July 1896, published January 1896
  4. ^ [1], The Cap and Gown
  5. ^ Cap and Gown 1896

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