Oser August 2002
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Called "Football's Grand Old Man," Amos Alonzo Stagg gained fame as the oldest active coach in the United States, and the man with the greatest number of coaching seasons to his credit. He coached at the University of Chicago for 41 years. After he retired at the age of 70, he coached at the College of the Pacific from 1933 to 1947, and Susquehanna (Pa.) University from 1947 to 1952. Stagg is credited with the use of dummies for tackling practice and for introducing several plays that have become basic to football. If you are a football fan, you may be familiar with the "end-around play," the "shift," and the "man in motion." These are all plays that Stagg developed during the 41 years he coached at the University of Chicago. Innovations like these helped Stagg lead his team to victory in six Western Conference (later called the Big Ten) championship games. Stagg is so closely associated with football that many forget he was one of the first to play the new game of basketball. He even participated in the first intercollegiate basketball game in 1896. Stagg was elected to both the College Football and Basketball Hall of Fames. Offered is a vintage pair of 7" cast bronze bookends from the 1930's, bearing the bust likeness of Stagg and captioned "The Grand Old Man." Similar in design to the Knute Rockne bookends, these Stagg examples are significantly rarer. EX/MT with light rubbing on the surface.
1930's Amos Alonzo Stagg Bookends
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