Football Days eBook

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Trenchard, Douglas Ward, Knox Taylor, Harry Brown, Jerry McCauley, and Jim Blake; King, nevertheless, stood out in lonely eminence, ready to touch the ball down, await the thunder of the joining lines of interference and pick up the tremendous pace, either at the apex of the crashing V or cunningly concealed and swept along to meet the terrific impact with the waiting line of Blue.  Great was the crash thereof, and it was a safe wager that King with the ball would not go unscathed.

[Illustration:  Look out, Princeton!]

This kind of football brought to light the old-time indomitable courage of which the stalwarts of those days love to talk at every gridiron reunion.

But for the moment let us give Yale the ball and stand the giant Princeton team upon defense.  Let us watch George Adee get the ball from Phil Stillman and with his wonderful football genius develop a smashing play enveloped in a locked line of blue, grim with the menace of Orville Hickok, Jim McCrea, Anse Beard, Fred Murphy, Frank Hinkey and Jack Greenway.

Onward these mighty Yale forwards ground their way through the Princeton defense, making a breach through which the mighty Butterworth, Bronc Armstrong and Brink Thorne might bring victory to Yale.

This was truly a day when giants clashed.

As you look at these pictures do the players of to-day wonder any longer that the heroes of the olden time are still loyal to the game of their first love?

If you ever happen to go to China, I am sure one of the first Americans you will hear about would be Pop Gailey, once a king of football centers and now a leader in Y. M. C. A. work in China.

Lafayette first brought Pop Gailey forth in ’93 and ’94, and he was the champion All-American center of the Princeton team in ’96.  He had a wonderful influence over the men on the team.  He was an example well worth following.  His manly spirit was an inspiration to those about him.  After one of the games a newspaper said: 

“Old Gailey stands firm as the Eternal Calvinistic Faith, which he intends to preach when his football scrimmages are over.”

To Charlie Young, the present professor of physical instruction of the Cornell University gymnasium, I cannot pay tribute high enough for the fine football spirit and the high regard with which we held him while he was at the Princeton Seminary.  He certainly loved to play football and he used to come out and play on the scrub team against the Princeton varsity.  He was not eligible to play on the Princeton team, as he had played his allotted time at Cornell.

The excellent practice he gave the Princeton team—­yes, more than practice:  it was oftentimes victory for him as well as the scrub.  He made Poe and Palmer ever alert and did much to make them the stars they were, as Charlie’s long suit was running back punts.  His head work was always in evidence.  He was a great field general; one of his most excellent qualities was that of punting.  His was an ideal example for men to follow.  Princeton men were the better for having played with and against a high type man like Charlie Young.

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