September 23, 2017

Today in History: Amos Alonzo Stagg

Stagg watching his famous whoa back play defeated by Michigan
Today in History–September 16–the Library of Congress features college football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg, who announced his retirement at the age of 98 on this day in 1960. Stagg played football and baseball for Yale University before beginning his college coaching career, which included those two sports as well as basketball and track.  Visit the Today in History section to learn about the many football innovations devised by this University of Chicago coach, then click the links below to access more resources about Coach Stagg, football, and other sports.

College Football Coach Amos Alonzo Stagg Retired from America’s Library

Alonzo Stagg images from Prints & Photographs catalog

Alonzo Stagg images from Chicago Daily News collection (Chicago History Museum)

Alonzo Stagg historical newspaper coverage

Simple explanations of the great game of football, with diagrams for spectators by A. Alonzo Stagg (1893)

A scientific and practical treatise on American football : for schools and colleges by A. Alonzo Stagg (1894)

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