Don's football days - Maryland College 1933
VARSITY FOOTBALL SQUAD
|Name||Position|| Yrs on |
||Donald Hay|| End|| 3|| 163|| 5-11|| 21|| Central High, D.C.|
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Results of 1933 Football Games September 30 -- Maryland, 20; St. John's, 0. (at College Park) October 7 -- Maryland 0; Virginia Tech, 14. (at Norfolk) October 14 -- Maryland, 0; Tulane, 20. (at New Orleans) October 21 -- Maryland, 13; V.M.I., 19. (at Lexington) October 28 -- Maryland, 7; Western Maryland, 13. (Byrd Stadium) November 4 -- Maryland, 0; Virginia, 6. (at Charlottesville) November 11 -- Maryland, 7; Duke 38. (at College Park) November 18 -- Maryland, 27; Johns Hopkins, 7 (Homewood, Baltimore) November 25 -- 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.
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.
Widmyer starting touchdown dash against W. & L.
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.
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.
Crecca on way to score against Hopkins
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.
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.
Rossiter of Duke finds going tough against Old Line
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
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:
Don's varsity letter
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.
|November 11, 1933, The Washington Post (copy)|
Highly Rated Blue Devils Invade
Maryland Pins Hope on Nelson and Widmyer; Invaders Choice.
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.
|November 18, 1933, The Washington Post (copy)|
Terps to Use Revamped Line-Up
Duel Between Widmyer and Beeler Expected to Enliven Clash.
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 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.