1897 Harvard Crimson football team

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1897 Harvard Crimson football
Harvard Crimson logo.svg
Conference Independent
1897 record 10–1–1
Head coach William Cameron Forbes (1st season)
Captain Norman Cabot
Home stadium Soldiers' Field
Seasons
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The 1897 Harvard Crimson football team represented Harvard University in the 1897 college football season. The Crimson finished with a 10–1–1 record and shut out 10 of 12 opponents under first-year head coach William Cameron Forbes, who later served as Governor-General of the Philippines (1908–13) and Ambassador of the United States to Japan (1930–32). The 1897 team won its first ten games by a combined 227-5 score, it then closed the season playing to a scoreless tie with Yale and losing by a 15-6 score against Penn.[1][2]

Two Harvard players received consensus honors on the 1897 College Football All-America Team: center Allan Doucette and halfback Benjamin Dibblee. Other notable players on Harvard's 1897 team included end Norman Cabot and tackle Malcolm Donald.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance Source
October 2 Williams
W 20–0 2,000 [3]
October 6 Bowdoin
  • Soldiers' Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 24–0 [4]
October 9 Dartmouth (rivalry)
  • Soldiers' Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 13–0 5,000 [5]
October 13 Amherst
  • Soldiers' Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 38–0 [6]
October 16 at Army
W 10–0 2,000 [7]
October 20 Newton Athletic Ass'n
  • Soldiers' Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 24–0 [8]
October 23 Brown
  • Soldiers' Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 18–0 8,000 [9][10]
October 26 Newtowne Athletic Club
  • Soldiers' Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 22–0 1,500 [11]
October 30 Cornell
  • Soldiers' Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 24–5 6,000 [12]
November 3 Wesleyan
  • Soldiers' Field
  • Cambridge, MA
W 34–0 1,200 [13][14]
November 13 Yale (rivalry)
  • Soldiers' Field
  • Cambridge, MA
T 0–0 25,000 [15]
November 20 at Penn (rivalry) L 6–15 25,000 [16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1897 Harvard Crimson Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Harvard Football Yearly Records". GoCrimson.com. Harvard University. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Harvard 20, Williams 0: Regular Football Season Opened on Soldiers Field". The Boston Globe. October 3, 1897. p. 1 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  4. ^ "Harvard Wins Easily: Play Against Bowdoin Hardly Up to Expected Standard". The Boston Globe. October 7, 1897. p. 9 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  5. ^ "Harvard Wins Easily: Dartmouth Is Outgeneraled and Beaten By Score of 13 to 0". The Boston Globe. October 10, 1897. p. 1 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  6. ^ "Harvard Scores Well: Amherst Gets Near Crimson's Line Only Once in the Game". The Boston Globe. October 15, 1897. pp. 1, 4 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  7. ^ "Hot Work on the Gridiron: Harvard Defeats West Point 10-0 After a Stubborn Contest". The Boston Globe. October 17, 1897. p. 1 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  8. ^ "Surpasses Yale: Harvard Team Piles Up 24 Points Against Newton". Boston Post. October 21, 1897. p. 3 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  9. ^ "Fierce Onslaughts: Brown's Line Was Unable to Withstand Harvard's Determined Rushes". The Boston Globe. October 24, 1897. p. 1 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. (attendance 8,000 at Soldiers Field)
  10. ^ "Harvard's Football Giants Keep Brown From Scoring: Crimson's Men Piled Up 18 Points, and Their Line Was Impenetrable". Boston Post. October 24, 1897. pp. 1, 3 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  11. ^ "Weak Showing: Harvard's Play Against Newtowne a Discouraging Exhibition; Final Score Was 22 to 0". Boston Post. October 27, 1897. p. 3 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  12. ^ "Harvard Wins: Crimson Football Team Defeats Cornell's Brave Warriors, 24 to 5". Boston Post. October 31, 1897. pp. 1, 3 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  13. ^ "Easy Victory: Harvard Eleven Defeats Wesleyan 34 to 0". Boston Post. October 4, 1897. p. 3 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. (1,200 attendance)
  14. ^ "Harvard Plays Well: Some Encouragement From The Game With Wesleyan Which Ends 34-0". The Boston Globe. November 4, 1897. p. 1 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  15. ^ Langdon Smith (November 14, 1897). "Harvard and Yale Tie: Neither Side Able to Score a Point During 70 Minutes of Fierce Play". The Boston Globe. p. 1 – via NewspaperARCHIVE. 
  16. ^ "Pennsylvania Lowered Fair Harvard's Colors: In a Pretty Contest Witnessed by a Crowd of Twenty-Five Thousand People". The Times (Philadelphia). November 21, 1897. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com.