Don's football days - University of Maryland 1933
(1934 yearbook)


Last row: Penrod, Rittenhouse, Christhilf, Knoche, Robertson, Hay, Smith, Garrott, Graham, Stalfort;
3rd row: Crecca, Callahan, McLaughlin, Yeager, Widmyer, Mayhew, J. Christhilf, Coulehan, Ruyzicka;
2nd row: Benner, Minion, Hawkins, Bradley, Silber, B. Busher, Goldman, Vincent, Snyder;
Front row: Nelson, Simpson, Webb, A. Buscher, Sachs, Ennis, McCaw, Gretz

VARSITY FOOTBALL SQUAD

      Name          Position    Yrs on  
  Squad  
    Wt.        Ht.        Age              From
Donald Hay    End      3  163  5-11    21 Central High, D.C.

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VARSITY FOOTBALL



Results of 1933 Football Games
September30--Maryland, 20; St. John's, 0. (at College Park)
October  7--Maryland 0; Virginia Tech, 14. (at Norfolk)
October14--Maryland, 0; Tulane, 20. (at New Orleans)
October21--Maryland, 13; V.M.I., 19. (at Lexington)
October28--Maryland, 7; Western Maryland, 13. (Byrd Stadium)
November  4--Maryland, 0; Virginia, 6. (at Charlottesville)
November11--Maryland, 7; Duke 38. (at College Park)
November18--Maryland, 27; Johns Hopkins, 7 (Homewood, Baltimore)
November25--Maryland 33; Washington and Lee, 13. (at College Park)
December  2--Maryland, 0; Florida, 19. (at Tampa)


       Maryland's football team won only three of its ten games during the 1933 campaign but no one familiar with the conditions that were faced was in the least disappointed at the showing. In fact, those on the "inside" were pleased because a team that was in the process of rebuilding finished in a manner that indicated that the season's work had accomplished a great deal towards putting out a highly capable combination in the Fall of 1934.

       Two of Maryland's victories were scored in its last three contests. Hopkins was beaten on November 18 in Baltimore, 27 to 7, but the highlight of the campaign came a week later when Washington and Lee was handed a rude jolt on Homecoming Day with the count being 33 to 13. It probably was the biggest upset scored during the season in the South Atlantic section.

       That day, the old Liners would have been tough for any team in the South or East, and they showed their mettle by coming back and running rough shod over the Generals after they had two touchdowns scored on them early in the game.

       Maryland also played fine football on Dcember 2 in the game with Florida in Tampa, the line showing the same sterling performance that it did against Washington and Lee, but a couple flaws in the backfield defense gave the 'Gators enough edge to win.

Widmyer starting touchdown dash against W. & L.
       The most encouring phase of the season was the development of the line which was made up almost entirely of sophomores, six of whom are expedted to be available next Fall. And with the backs that were left from 1933 and the exceptional talent that came up from the yearlings, the Old Liners should be well fixed all down the line for the 10-game 1934 card.

       Maryland's third victory was registered at the expense of a good St. John's team that made one of the best records that have been compiled by the Annapolis clan in years.

       With any kind of breaks, Maryland might easily have added a couple more victories but the team was just green enough to have inexperience cause blunders that proved costly in close games.

       In its inexperienced array, Maryland had some gridders who played consipicuously, among them: Earl Widmyer, back; John Simpson, guard; and Louis Ennis, end, who were picked on every All-State eleven selected by the Baltimore papers. Widmyer also was placed on the All-District of Columbia area team to be the only Old Liner honored.

Crecca on way to score against Hopkins
       Tom Webb, center, and Ed Minion and Charles Callahan, tackles, were others placed on some All-Maryland teams. Webb was on most of them, either as a first or second selection. However, he is the one member of the regular forward wall who will not be available next season. He left school at the start of the second semester.

       Maryland made a thrilling play against Duke that went down in the football record books as the greatest feat of its kind accomplished during the 1933 season. With the ball on the Old Liners' 12-yard mark, Dick Nelson faded back and tossed a 25-yard pass to Willis Benner, another backfield player, and the latter sprinted the rest of the distance to a touchdown. However, he had no easy path to the goal, as he cleverly faked his way past three big Duke backs to turn the trick. In every respect it was one of the keenest bits of the country's grid campaign.

Rossiter of Duke finds going tough against Old Line
       Widmyer, with 35 points, was the leading scorer of the team. He crossed the last chalk mark five times and kicked as many extra points. He was almost "away" a number of other times for scores that might have turned the tide Maryland's way.

       The Old Liners played much good football in every game, and this, with the fact that great strides were made in the rebuilding of the Maryland forces for another season, left no lament for 1933.

       Another notable occurrence was the withdrawal from active coaching by H. C. (Curley) Byrd after twenty-one years of success. He with Jack Faber, Roy Mackert and "Rosy" Pollock composed a football board that ran the 1933 team but starting with practice this spring Faber took up the reins with Mackert as line coach. That is how they will work next Fall. But moral and mental support assuredly will come from the vice-president of the institution.

Webb intercepting Tulane pass in New Orleans
Hay.
Don's varsity letter
Note: Football was the first of the "Major Sports" in the 1934 Yearbook. For the original yearbook pages, with more pictures of individual team members:
page 1 - Varsity Football Squad
page 2 - Results, Manager Walters
page 3 - Old Liners, St. Johns
page 4 - All-American Teams, Duke
page 5 - Curley Byrd withdrew from active coaching
page 6 - 1934 schedule
Also some candid shots from the back pages of the yearbook: Homecoming and "familiar scenes"
Entire 1934 yearbook

November 8, 1933 letter to Don from Maryland Senator Millard Tydings, encouraging him and the team against the upcoming Duke game. (They lost 7-38 in College Park.)
August 8, 1934 letter from H. C. ("Curley") Byrd, Vice-President, "To Whom It May Concern" recommendation for Don Hay.


Newspaper articles:

November 11, 1933, The Washington Post (copy)

Highly Rated Blue Devils Invade
Maryland Pins Hope on Nelson and Widmyer; Invaders Choice.
Comparative Records:
DukeMaryland
  37  V.M.I. . . . . . . . .  6      20  St. Johns. . . . . .  0
  22Wake Forest . .   0  0V.P.I.. . . . . . . . .14
  10Tennessee . . . .  2  0Tulane . . . . . . .20
  19Davidson . . . . .  713V.M.I. . . . . . . . .19
  14Kentucky . . . . .  7  7Western Md. . . .13
  13Auburn . . . . . . .   7  0Virginia . . . . . . .  6
105294072

Caught in the throes of a disastrous losing streak, Maryland is prepared to make a do-or-die stand against the invading Blue Devils of Duke University this afternoon at College Park. The game will start at 2 o'clock.
       Leading the race for Southern Conference honors with six consecutive victories, including decisions over Tennessee, Kentucky and Auburn, the Wade-coached eleven is an odds-on choice over the fatering Terrapins.
Star Back Field.
       Duke will present a hard-running set of backs in "Corky" Cornelius, Harry Rossiter, Earle Wentz and Walter Belue, and a stiff, well-nigh impenetrable line. Fred Crawford, giant left tackle, is being hailed by Souern sports writers as all-American timber. He was named on the all-Southern eleven last season.
       The Blue Devils are confident of crushing their hosts in a lop-sided battle, so confident in fact that there is ample room for an upset. A Maryland victory would dispel the gloom hovering over Byrd Stadium, and also would abruptly end Duke's championship hopes.
Five District Boys
       Nine sophomores will be in the starting line-up for the Terps, five of them Washington youths. The line will be Ennis and Bernie Buscher, ends; Minion and Callahan, tackles; Bradley and Garrott, guards; Gretz, center; Nelson, quarter back; Yaeger and Widmyer, half backs, and Bucky Busher, full back.
       Nelson and Widmyer represent the team's chief hopes for victory. Nelson will do the kicking and passing, and Widmyer in all probability will bear the brunt of the ball carrying. A 10-second man, Widmyer is one of the speediest footballers in the Southern Conference. Against Tulane he was at his best, and showed in advantage against V.M.I. and Virginia.

No.DukePosition       Maryland   No.
(24)Rogers . . . . . . . . L.E.. . . . . . .Ennis(67-39)
(32)Crawford . . . . . .L.T. . . . . . . .Minion(44-32)
(53)Shock . . . . . . . .L.G.. . . . . . .Bradley(53-75)
(37)E. Dunlap . . . . . .Center. . . . . . .Gretz(64-29)
(35)J. Dunlap . . . . . . R.G. . . . . . . .Garrett(23-34)
(38)Durner . . . . . . . . R.T. . . . . . . .Callahan(65-44)
(47)Wentz . . . . . . . .R.E. . . . . . . ,B. Busher(26-42)
(11)Belue . . . . . . , ,Q.B. . . . . . . .Nelson(31-35)
(39)Cornelius . . . . . . L.H. . . . . . . .Yaeger(75-51)
(33)Rossiter . . . . . . .R.H. . . . . . . .Widmyer(25-31)
(10)Laney . . . . . . . . .F.B. . . . . . . .A. Busher(63)

Duke Reserves
       Linesmen -- Woodrow Hayes, 26; Isham Kimbell, 10; Abner Jones, 36; Ed West, 40; Frank Sizemore, 58; Roy Phipps, 43; Al Means, 50; Ed Migdal, 51; Nick Perreca, 30; Henry Marshall, 54; Boheeg Salcoby, 57; Sam Traskas, 59; Jack Hennemier, 12; O. C. Britton, 41.
       Backs -- Sam McCaskill, 1; Arlington (Shipwreck) Kelly, 14; Elmer (Snocky) Tarrall, 21; Jim Ferguson, 23; Al Keller, 25; Jule Ward, 27; Paul (Whitey) Whitener, 28; Orrin (Swede) Nordstrom, 56; Horace (Horse) Hendrickson, 15; Jack Alexander, 20; Richard McAninsh, 22; Marion (Pokerface) Brumbach, 66.
Maryland Reserves
       Linemen -- Donald Hay, 29-23; Carl Stalfort, 51-27; Tom McLaughlin, 57-53; Joe Coulchan, 30-67; Arthur Buddington, 57; John Simpson, 69-38; Sam Silber, 32-48; Stewart McCaw, 36-43; Rufus Vincent, 27-59; John Mayhew, 37-46; Luther Goldman, 33; Bernard Cummings, 19; Tom Webb, 38-49.
       Backs -- Joe Crecca, 35-25; Willis Benner, 49-36; Bob Snyder, 25-36; Frank Hawkins, 45-10.

                 November 18, 1933, The Washington Post (copy)

Terps to Use Revamped Line-Up
Duel Between Widmyer and Beeler Expected to Enliven Clash.
Comparative Scores:
Johns HopkinsMaryland
21  Wash. College . . . .  0        20  St. Johns. . . . . .    0
  7Lehigh . . . . . . . . .14    0V.P.I.. . . . . . . . .  14
34Balto. Loyola . . . .  0    0Tulane . . . . . . .  20
13Haverford. . . . . . .  0  13V.M.I. . . . . . . . .  19
  7Swarthmore . . . . .26    7Western Md. . . .  13
  6Penn State . . . . . . 40    7Virginia . . . . . . .    6
            0Duke . . . . . . . .  38
2680  47110

A rivalry dating back to the gay nineties will be resumed today on the greensward of Homewood Field, Baltimore, where Maryland and Johns Hpkins clash in the thirty-first renewal of their series. The kick-off will be at 2 o'clock.
        Maryland will enter the fray a slight favorite despite the fact that its rival has won more games this season, but against foes not as strong as those the Terps have engaged. The Terps will have a 3-pound advantage in weight, most of it in the forward wall, where it can do the most good.
        A duel for the individual glory of the game between Earl Widmyer, Maryland speed merchant, and Henry Beeler, Blue Jay flash, is expected to enliven the proceedings. Widmyer is rated one of the best broken-field runners in the South Atlantic sector, and an excellent defensive player. Beeler's strong suit is passing and receiving passes, although he utilizes his speed to good advantge on wide end sweeps.
Maryland Shifts Line-Up
        Maryland is placing a revamped line-up on the field, giving the signal-callng job to Bucky Buscher, full back, to relieve Dick Nelson, quarter back, of the heavy mental strain. The responsibility of field generalship has weighed heavily on Nelson this season, and Maryland coaches are firm in the opinion that relieved of this obligation he will return to the ball-carrying form that stamped him as the most promising recruit on the squad.
        Luther Goldman and Stewart McCaw, both guards, are newcomers to the starting line-up. They are replacing Johnny Simpson and Walter Bradley, who were slowed up by injuries suffered in the Duke game last week.
        Hopkins will take the field with two regulars missing from the line-up, Bill Van Orman, end, and Don Kelly, quater back. Both are on the shelf with injuries. Charley Kelly will replace his namesake at the signal-calling post, and Baker will start at end. Charley Kelly virtually is an unknown quantity. He played his first full game against Penn State last week and showed promise.

No.MarylandPosition             Hopkins No.
(39)Ennis . . . . . . . . L.E.. . . . . . . . .Baker(31)
(32)Minion . . . . . . .L.T. . . . . . . . .Yearley(18)
(45)Goldman . . . . . .L.G.. . . . . . .Giardina(36)
(33)Webb . . . . . . . .Center. . . . . . . .Russell(25)
(43)McCaw . . . . . . . R.G. . . . . . . .Miniszek(29)
(44)Callahan . . . . . . R.T. . . . . . . . . . .Orth(8)
(14)B. Busher . . . . .R.E. . . . . . . . . .Spena(9)
(35)Nelson . . . . . . .Q.B. . . . . . . . . . .Kelly(11)
(25)Crecca . . . . . . . L.H. . . . . . . . McClean(26)
(31)Widmyer . . . . . .R.H. . . . . . . . . .Beeler(27)
(37)A. Busher . . . . . .F.B. . . . . . . . . Weeks(23)

        Maryland reserves -- Linemen: Donald Hay (23), John Mayhew (46), Carl Stalfort (27), Tom McLaughlin (53), Joe Conishan (67), Arthur Budington (57), John Simpson (24), Walter Bradley (75), Sam Silber (48), Rufus Vincent (50), Bill Garrett (34), Bernie Cummings (19), Harry Gretz (30), James Robertson. Backs: Willis Benner (36), Charles Yeager (51), George Sacha (47), Frank Hawkins (10), Bob Horder (39), Brady Smith.
       Johns Hopkins reserves -- linemen: Samuel Hopkins (15), Philip Swindell (20), Croxton McDaniel (21), Warren Billrick (32), George Carter (39), Donald McCubbin (40), William Bourne (43), Theodore Stern (21), James Sweeny (33), Billy Van Orman (54). Backs: Myron Halshond (17), Charles Kell (16), Reubin Penarew (30), John Williams (22), James Bradford (24), Bernard Merson (35), Theodore Graziano 36).