Don's football days - Maryland College 1931
VARSITY FOOTBALL SQUAD
Donald Hay .......................guard 162 5-10 1 Washington, D.C.
Donald Hay .......................guard
Results of the Season U. of Md. Opp. September 26 Washington College, at College Park 13 0 October 3 Virginia University, at College Park 7 6 October 10 Navy, at Washington 6 0 October 17 Kentucky, at College Park 6 6 October 24 V. M. I., at Richmond 41 20 October 31 V. P. I., at Blacksburg 20 0 November 7 Vanderbilt University, at Nashville 12 29 November 21 Washington and Lee, at College Park 13 7 November 26 John's Hopkins, at Baltimore 35 14 December 5 Western Maryland, at Baltimore 41 V6
Coach Curley Byrd's "Twentieth Season Special" was a football team that will go down in the records as one of the greatest gridiron aggregations ever to represent the University of Maryland.
The Old Liners won eight games, tied one, and lost one for an entirely successful campaign. It was a season in which the team played real football from start to finish, except for a let-up in the fracas with Vanderbilt in the middle of the schedule.
Included in Maryland's victories were a dramatic game with Navy, staged before a notable throng at Griffith Stadium in Washington, and decided by a 6-0 score after a stirring struggle; and a clean sweep over the "Big Four" of the Old Dominion - Virginia, V. M. I., Virginia Poly, and Washington and Lee. This marked the second successive season that the entire quartet of leading teams in the Mother State was conquered.
Chalmers breaks loose in Western Maryland game
Maryland's tie game with Kentucky proved to be the best contest of the year and was called one of the finest ever staged in this section. Intelligent and modern football featured the contest which ended with the score standing 6 to 6.
All of the other triumphs were registered over elevens from within the State, Washington College in the opening game, Johns Hopkins in the traditional Thanksgiving Day battle, and Western Maryland in the season's finale. The only defeat was administered by the powerful Vanderbilt team in Nashville.
Team play and speed were the two vital elements behind the successful season, as the team averaged only 178 pounds to the man, and was small in comparison to its principal foes. There was only one player on the eleven who exceeded 190 pounds and only a few who bettered 180.
Poppelman running for touchdown against Virginia
True to reputation, the Black and Gold gridders did not reach top form until the closing stages of the campaign. As a result, their best game was their last game. In crushing Western Maryland in the final contest of the season, Maryland's offensive, according to many of the experts who witnessed the game, was the finest attack, from the standpoint of variety and polish, they ever had seen displayed on the gridiron. It was replete with everything in the football category.
At the close of the season, many of Maryland's players came in for much consideration from the metro- politan newspapers. Outstanding in this recognition was the selection of Jesse Krajcovic, great Old Line guard, to all-America mention by the Associated Press.
Krajcovic, along with Ernie Carliss, tackle; Courtney Hayden, guard; Alfred Pease, end; Ray Poppelman, Al Woods, Shorty Chalmers, and Bozie Berger, backs; were named on all-State teams. Pease, Carliss, Kraj- covic, Chalmers, and Poppelman were chosen by all four Baltimore newspapers, while Woods was named by three, Berger by two, and Hayden by one.
Pease running for touchdown in Hopkins game
Maryland's entire backfield — Poppelman, Chalmers, Berger, and Woods — was picked by the Baltimore Sun which annually gives gold footballs to the players it selects.
Chalmers was declared to be the best forward passer in the South, while Poppelman gained more than 1,300 yards during the course of the season, to be one of the greatest advancers of the pigskin in the country.
One of the features of the team throughout the year was the brilliant forward passing attack. With Chalmers on the throwing end and either Pease, Norris, or Berger receiving, the Terrapins proved a constant scoring threat. This combination won for Maryland against Navy and tied the contest with Kentucky. Another stand-out performance was registered by Chalmers personally. He added the extra point in twenty out of twenty-nine tries after touchdowns during the season. Letter winners for 1931 were Al Pease, Jack Norris, Ernie Carliss, Ted Keenan, Tom Duley, Jesse Krajcovic, Courtney Hayden, Parker Faber, John Mitchell, Shorty Chalmers, Bozie Berger, Al Woods, Ray Poppelman, Charles May, Joe Settino, Paul Kiernan, and Bill Luney, manager.
Berger covering yardage against Washington and Lee
Note: Football was the first of the "Major Sports" in the 1933 Yearbook. For the original yearbook pages, with pictures of individual team members:
page 1 - Varsity Football Squad
page 2 - Results, Managers
page 3 - best game
page 4 - All American team
page 5 - letter winners
page 6 - next year's schedule
Entire 1932 yearbook in pdf version (downloaded from University of Maryland archive site). (Pictures on this page from the pdf file; can get better quality photos from University of Maryland archives.)
August 8, 1931 letter from H. C. Byrd, Director of Atletics, to Don about football practice starting September 7 and encouraging about the game against Navy on October 10.
Newspaper articles -- look up -- will be lots!
(Note -- minor corrections were made to typos in the newspaper article, including the wrong school title headings on the starting line-ups)
Cole, Poppelman, Wood and Woods were Sigma Nus with Don.