Tom McLure

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Tom McLure
Auburn Tigers
Position Quarterback
Class Graduate
Major Civil Engineering
Career history
College Auburn (1906–1908)
Personal information
Born: 1889
Jacksonville, Alabama
Career highlights and awards

John Thomas "Tom" McLure (1889 – ?) was a college football and baseball player who served in the First World War.[1]

Auburn University[edit]

McClure was a prominent quarterback for Mike Donahue's Auburn Tigers of Auburn University.

1908[edit]

In 1908, a year in which he was captain,[2][3] he was selected All-Southern;[4][5] Vanderbilt coach Dan McGugin describes his play: "McClure was not particularly fast, but a spirited leader, an excellent general and a sure tackler."[4] LSU won the SIAA championship, but amidst fears of many players being ineligible under SIAA rules most sportswriters did not include them for All-Southern selection.[4] LSU rival Tulane, which was also undefeated in conference play, accused many LSU players of professionalism.[6] Auburn is one team listed as an alternative southern champion, for LSU was its only loss.

World War I[edit]

McClure served in the First World War. He declared that going over the top in France beats charging into an opposing eleven.[7] Such an attitude did eventually get him wounded.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guide to the John Thomas McLure Papers".
  2. ^ Elizabeth D. Schafer. Auburn Football. p. 48.
  3. ^ "Auburn's Greatest Victory In Many Years". November 11, 1908: 204.
  4. ^ a b c Spalding's Football Guide. 1909. p. 75.
  5. ^ "Contributions". The Kappa Alpha Journal. 24 (3): 293.
  6. ^ "From 'The LSU Football Vault': The 1908 Season".
  7. ^ "Going Over Top Is Better Than Football" (PDF). The Herald. February 21, 1918. p. 8.
  8. ^ "Letter from Penrose Vass Stout, stationed in France, to his mother, Zemmie Stout Lawton, in Hartsville, South Carolina".