1898 Dartmouth football team

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1898 Dartmouth football
TFL champion
Conference Triangular Football League
1898 record 5–6 (2–0 TFL)
Head coach William Wurtenburg (4th season)
Captain Fred Crolius
Home stadium Unknown
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1898 Triangular Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Dartmouth $ 2 0 0     5 6 0
Amherst 1 1 0     4 5 1
Williams 0 2 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1898 Dartmouth football team represented Dartmouth College in the 1898 college football season.[1]

Despite finishing with a losing record, the 1898 Dartmouth team was regarded by some eastern sportswriters, most notably Outing, to be the best fielded by Wurtenburg.[2] Against an expanded schedule, the squad went only 5–6, but managed to outscore their opponents by a total of 205–137. The year began with a defeat of regular opponent Phillips Exeter, and was followed by a shutout loss to Harvard. After two consecutive wins over nearby schools, Dartmouth lost to former Triangular Football League opponent Wesleyan 23–5.[3] The following two contests were against Triangular Football League opponents Amherst and Williams. The latter game was regarded as Dartmouth's most significant game of the season by eastern sportswriters, since Williams had hired two new coaches and expanded practices in order to win the conference in 1898. Dartmouth outdid Williams, however, and defeated them 10–6 to claim a sixth straight conference championship.[2] The season ended on a sour note with four straight losses on the road, two of them coming against Midwestern teams.[3]


Date Opponent Site Result
September 30 Phillips Exeter Academy* Unknown • Hanover, NH W 23–5  
October 8 at Harvard* Soldier Field • Cambridge, MA L 0–21  
October 15 Bowdoin College* Unknown • Hanover, NH W 35–6  
October 22 Vermont* Unknown • Hanover, NH W 45–6  
October 29 Wesleyan* Unknown • Hanover, NH L 5–23  
November 5 at Amherst Unknown • Amherst, MA W 64–6  
November 12 at Williams Unknown • Williamstown, MA W 10–6  
November 21 at Brown* Unknown • Providence, RI L 0–12  
November 24 at Chicago A.C.* Unknown • Chicago, IL L 5–17  
November 26 at Cincinnati* Unknown • Cincinnati, OH L 12–17  
Unknown at Carlisle Indian School* Unknown • Carlisle, PA L 6–17  
*Non-conference game.


  1. ^ 1898 Dartmouth College football scores and results. College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved on October 4, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Camp, Walter (November 1898). "Football of 1898: Prospects of the Season". Outing, an Illustrated Monthly Magazine of Recreation. Sampson Low, Marston & Company. XXXIII (2): 189–196. OCLC 228719114. 
  3. ^ a b Staff (2013). "William Wurtenburg coaching record–1898". William C. "Bill" Wurtenburg Records by Year. College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on May 5, 2014. Retrieved December 6, 2014.