Don Hay's semi-pro days - Maryland Athletic Club - 1934-1935
From the college yearbooks, it appears that Don was never in the starting line-up, but of course would still receive a lot of playing time being on the reserves. And significantly, his good friend and fellow Maryland College 1930 freshman team member Willis Benner, who had been in the starting line-up in the 1932 season, was also on the reserves in 1933 at Maryland College. Perhaps some unrequited desires led them to join up with the semi-pro teams, especially since Maryland College had come off of such terrible losing seasons in both 1932 (won 5, lost 6) and 1933 (won 3, lost 7). So playing in a tough (but small) semi-professional league and dominating -- especially winning the city championship against the 8-year undefeated rival -- was undoubtedly the highlight of Don's football "career."
In 1934, professional football was in its infancy, with 11 teams in the NFL, 6 teams in the AFL, 6 teams in the Pacific Coast League, 6 teams in the Tri-State League, and 78+ Independent teams (Maryland A. C. was an independent team). There was no NFL/AFL team in Washington, although there were five independent teams in Washington (Federals, Meridians, Nationals, Palace A. C. and Senators) and many more from the surrounding Maryland and Virginia areas. (Reference: Professional Football Archives at http://www.profootballarchives.com/1934.html). To me it was noteworthy that while all players wore helmets in college, most did not wear helmets during these "sandlot" games, as confirmed in the newspaper action photo (12/17/1934) below. The semi-pro leagues were not nearly as well organized and established as college football -- not only were the games much smaller (a couple thousand spectators versus over 60,000 sold-out games for big rivalries such as Army-Navy), but the schedule of teams and games were not confirmed in advance (the 1934 league started with four teams and increased to six; the 11/28/1935 newspaper could not even state who was playing the following week, while the Maryland College yearbooks contain the schedule for the following year). I loved the 11/1/1935 price too: 75 cent admission!
1934 Maryland A.C. Football season.
September 23, 1934 (copy)
Maryland A. C. Grid Team to Drill Today
Coach Boyer will send his Maryland A. C. gridders through a strenuous practice session this morning at 10 o'clock on the Seat Pleasant gridiron. Don Hayes [sic], Willis Benner, Dutch Wohlfarth, Tony Masromarino, Corky Snyder, Joe Buckles, Cy Ball, Joe McKenna and Dick Brown are among the leading aspirants for the Maryland A. C. eleven. Boyer has entered his team in the National City Football League and also expects to engage several semi-pro opponents. Maryland opens its season Sunday, October 7, against the strong Seaman Gunners.
September 28, 1934 (copy)
Semi-Pro Gridsmen Plan Split Season
Four Teams Entered in National City Loop. Teams in the National City Semi-pro Football League will play a split season, with the winner of each round meeting in the deciding game for the title, it was announced last night by Vic Gauzza, president. At present the Marions, Seaman Gunners, Maryland A. C. and Palace, four of the strongest elevens in unlimited ranks, are entered. An interpretation meeting on present rules and changes will be held Wednesday at the Naval Receiving Station's recreation hall. Maryland A. C. faces Seaman Gunners on October 6 [sic] in the season's opener.
|1934 Maryland Athletic Club Season Record||Day....||......Date............||Field||..........Opponent..................||....Score......||..............Location, Stadium...................||Attendance ||Sun||10/7/1934||H||Seaman Gunners||20-0||W||Seat Pleasant, Md., Duffy Stadium ||Sun||10/14/1934||H||Palace||6-13||L||Seat Pleasant, Md., Duffy Stadium||Sun||10/21/1934||H||*Baltimore Irvingtons||0-6||L*||Seat Pleasant, Md., Duffy Stadium||Sun||10/28/1934||Brentwood Hawks||28-6||W||Sun||11/4/1934||H||Marion||19-0||W||Seat Pleasant, Md., Duffy Stadium||1,500||Sun||11/11/1934||H||*Essex||13-0||W*||Seat Pleasant, Md., Duffy Stadium||Sun||11/18/1934||H||Seaman Gunners||45-0||W||Seat Pleasant, Md., Duffy Stadium||Sun||11/25/1934||H||Brentwood Hawks||24-0||W||Seat Pleasant, Md., Duffy Stadium||Sun||12/2/1934||H||Palace||--||--||Seat Pleasant, Md., Duffy Stadium||(Palace forfeited)||Sun||12/9/1934 ||H||Marions||39-6||W||Seat Pleasant, Md., Duffy Stadium||Sun||12/16/1934||H||Palace||13-0||W||Seat Pleasant, Md., Duffy Stadium||2,000|
* Although the above scores are all verified in newspaper accounts after each game (below), the 11/5 article has contradictory information, listing MAC with three wins and one loss. It is thought that the 10/21 Irvington game (and subsequently the 11/11 Essex game) are not counted as these were newspaper accounts of League standings, and neither were league members, so the games were likely considered as exhibition matches only, outside of the intra-league competition and record-keeping. However, it seems odd that MAC played two exhibition games outside of the League, and no game against the 260th Coast Artillers; perhaps the Artillers joined the League too late in November for a schedule change. To the four league teams mentioned above on 9/28 (Marions, Seaman Gunners, Maryland A. C. and Palace), two more were added by 11/25 (the Brentwood Hawks and the 260th Coast Artillers).
Field (Advantage): H=Home; A=Away; N=Neutral -- Score: W=Win; L=Loss; T=Tie
October 7, 1934 (copy)
Maryland A. C. Will Oppose Gunners
Game Today Will Dedicate New Seat Pleasant Grid Stadium. To the music of the Navy Band, the Seaman Gunners from the Navy Yard will meet the Maryland A. C. Football Team this afternoon in the first game to be played in the new Duffy Memorial Stadium at Seat Pleasant, Md. With two of the fastest sandlot teams in the section providing the fireworks, the newly constructed athletic plant is assured an appropriate christening. Both teams present a flock of former college stars in their line-ups. Eight of the starting 11 men have seen action on football gridirons, namely, Harry Phalzgraff, tackle, Mount St. Mary's; Frank Hawkins, center, Maryland; Al Chassin, all-Marine tackle selection; Frank Hartman, tackle, Catholic University; Don Hay, end, Maryland; Willis Benner, quarter back, Maryland; Joe Lynch, half back, Mt. St. Mary's; Joe Buckles, full back, Oregon State. The Gunners have a half dozen former All-Marine or All-Navy selections on their team.
|Md. A. C.||Position||Seaman Gun.|
|Arnison . . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||Bigby|
|Phaltzgraff . . . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||Squires|
|Ford . . . . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||Dilando|
|Hawkins . . . . . . . .||Center||. . . . .||Walker|
|Chassin . . . . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||Sparak|
|Hartman . . . . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||Woody|
|Hay . . . . . . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||Richmond|
|Benner . . . . . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||Angelino|
|Lynch . . . . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||Ward|
|Jenkins . . . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||Brown|
|Buckles . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||Bruenzel|
|10/7 game against Gunners|
Semi-pro and strictly sandlot gridiron squads of the District group are planning plenty of activity today. Out in Seat Pleasant (Md.) Firemen's Stadium, Maryland A. C. and Seaman Gunners will face in the opening game of the National City League unlimited loop and a rousing scrap is expected. The probably line-ups:
|Position||M. A. C.||Gunners|
|L.E.||Arnison||. . . . .||Bigby|
|L.T.||Phaltzgraff||. . . . .||Squires|
|L.G.||Ford||. . . . .||Dilando|
|Center||Hawkins||. . . . .||Walker|
|R.G.||Chassin||. . . . .||Sparks|
|R.T.||Hartman||. . . . .||Woody|
|R.E.||Hay||. . . . .||Richmond|
|Q.B.||Benner||. . . . .||Angelino|
|L.H.||Lynch||. . . . .||Ward|
|R.H.||Jenkins||. . . . .||Brown|
|F.B.||Buckles||. . . . .||Bruenzel|
|10/7 win over Gunners - Don scores!|
Maryland A. C. Is Ahead - Beats Gunners, 20 to 0, as Grid Loop Gets Started.
Maryland A.C. is off to a winning start in the National City Semi-Professional Foot Ball League. The Seat Pleasant eleven drubbed Seaman Gunners, 20-0, yesterday, as the loop opened. It was the first game to be played in the new stadium of the Seat Pleasant team, which is sponsored by the fire department of that hustling town. Buckles scored two touchdowns and Hay the other.
M. A. C. drills tomorrow night, and Sunday will engage the Palace A. C. eleven at Seat Pleasant.
October 8, 1934 (copy)
Gunners Defeated By Maryland A.C.
Maryland A. C. opened its new Duffy Stadium yesterday at Seat Pleasant with the tunes of the Navy Band, and a 20-to-0 victory over the Seaman Gunners from the Navy Yard.
Joe Buckles, former Oregon State back field star, scored the first touchdown on a 48-yeard run from scrimmage in the first quarter.
October 11, 1934 (copy)
Maryland A. C. Ready for Tilt with Palace
Bulwarked by Al Wertzell, Southern Conference guard from Washington and Lee, and Earl Darby, St. Mary's Celtics full back, the Maryland A. C. is looking forward to its game Sunday afternoon with Palace A. C. The contest, a league battle, will be played at 3 o'clock in the Duffy Memorial Stadium at Seat Pleasant.
October 15, 1934 (copy)
Marions Defeat Brentwood, 10-7
The champion Marions, winners for the past two years, inaugurated their campaign in the unlimited division of the National City Football League yesterday by defeating Brentwood Hawks, 10 to 7, in a thrilling game.
In the other league game, Palace A. C. put away Maryland A. C. 13 to 6.
October 19, 1934 (copy)
Maryland A. C. Dedicates Field - Irvington Eleven Opposes at Seat Pleasant.
The new stadium of the Maryland A. C. will be dedicated at Seat Pleasant Sunday afternoon with appropriate ceremonies held in conjunction with a game between the Irvington A. C. of Baltimore and the Maryland eleven. The Irvington crew hold the Maryland State semipro championship. State Senator Lansdale Sasscer will be the guest speaker and music will be furnished by the Washington Gas Light Band. The stadium will be dedicated to the memory of Lucien Duffy, a charter member of the Seat Pleasant Fire Company and Prince Georges Fire Association. The Maryland A. C. held a stiff workout last night. The locals' power was increased substantially this week with the addition to the squad of Tom Brew, former Mount Saint Mary's star; Joe Alenty and F. Bradley. Tickets are on sale at the Atlas Sport Shop.
October 21, 1934 (copy)
Maryland Club to Play Irvington.
Seat Pleasant, Md., Oct 20 (Spl.). The Maryland A. C. and the crack Irvington A. C. eleven of Baltimore clash here tomorrow for the Maryland State semipro championship. The game will dedicate the new stadium recently completed here, in honor of Lucien Duffy, organizer of the Seat Pleasant Fire Co. State Senator Lansdale Sasscer will deliver an address between the halves. The contest starts at 2:30 p.m. The Irvington team has retained the State championship for six years, but will be meeting a powerful aggregation in the Maryland team. The locals will have John Baker and Lee Carlin, of George Washington in the line-up together will Wilmer Bradley, of Georgetown, Tom Webb and Willis Benner, of Maryland. Holy Cross, Western Maryland, Mount St. Mary's and Maryland collegians will be in the Baltimore line-up.
|undated - I think 10/21/1934|
**Palace and Maryland near Accord on Grid 'Natural' to be Played Next Sunday (title belongs to 12/10 article)
Maryland A. C. Tries for Title
Maryland A. C. and the Irvington eleven of Baltimore will meet today in the new Duffy Memorial Stadium at Seat Pleasant in a game booked for the State semi-professional title.
The Marylands have strengthened for this contest and in their lineup will be seen Johnny Baker and Lee Carlin, ex-George Washington stalwarts; Joe Alenty and Wilmer Bradley of Georgetown; Tommy Webb and Willis Benner of Maryland. Line-up:
|Chalkey . . . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||Rysavage|
|Brow . . . . . . . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||Lotz|
|Hawkins. . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||Morisi|
|Howard. . . . . . . . .||Center||. . . . .||Stallo|
|Ford . . . . . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||Krajovic|
|Montague. . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||Velten|
|Hay . . . . . . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||W. Dunne|
|Benner . . . . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||J. Dunn|
|Carlin . . . . . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||Egan|
|Alenty . . . . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||Riess|
|Bradley. . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||Kelly|
**Note: I believe the first title, "Palace and Maryland Near Accord..." is from the 12/10 newspaper, but the article was not in the scrapbook. The article pasted below this title, "Maryland A. C. Tries for Title" is the 10/21 article.
October 22, 1934 (copy - the Baltimore Sun)
Irvington Gridders Win At Washington
[Special Dispatch to The Sun]
Washington, Oct. 21 -- A blocked punt early in the first quarter paved the way for Irvington's lone touchdown and a 6-to-0 victory for the Baltimoreans over Maryland A. C. today in their annual battle.
J. Dunn, Irvington quarterback, scored the winning touchdown after two stabs from the Maryland 1-yard line. It was here that the Baltimore team recovered the ill-fated blocked kick.
Baker, Benner and Carlin stood out for Maryland, while Riess and Dunn starred for the visitors.
Line-ups and summaries.
|Chalkey . . . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||Zubris|
|Mastermarino . . . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||Lotz|
|Schussen. . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||Morisi|
|Howard. . . . . . . . .||C||. . . . .||Stallo|
|Ford . . . . . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||Krajavic|
|Brown. . . . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||Vellon|
|Hay . . . . . . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||W. Dunne|
|Benner . . . . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||J. Dunn|
|Alenty . . . . . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||Childs|
|Mangum . . . . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||Riess|
|Carlin. . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||Dorn|
Maryland A. C. . . . . . . . . 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Irvington . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 0 0 0 -- 6
Touchdowns -- J. Dunn. Point after touchdown - J. Dunn (failed to kick). Substitutions -- Maryland, Kalinsky, Hawkins, Hartman, Ball, Jenkins, Walcavich, Baker, Stewart, Holland; Irvington Fick, House, Coffman, Kapron. Referee -- Joe Mitchell. Umpire -- Jack Chitky. Heat linesman -- Red Sweeney. Time of periods -- 15 minutes.
Marions and Palace in 6-6 Tie
Breaks Result in Both Touchdowns; Maryland A. C. Wins.
Marion A. C. fought Palace to a 6-6 deadlock, and Maryland A. C. crushed Brentwood Hawks, 28 to 6, yesterday to tie the Marions for the lead in the National City Semipro Football League.
Close to 2,500 spectators watched the Palace team rush over a touchdown in the first 3 minutes and the fighting Marions come back strong in the second quarter to deadlock the score.
In the manufacture of both touchdowns the breaks played their part.
Poor Punt Costly.
Palace kicked off to Marions to start the game, the ball traveling over the goal line. Forrenzo, full back, made a 15-year return. On second down Radke punted poorly from behind his own goal to the 17-yard line. On a reverse lateral pass Merriman, Palace end, skirted left end, planting the ball on the Marion 3 for a first down. In four plays the Palace team broke through, Mike Scanlon, shifty quarter back, slashing off tackle from the 3-yard line for a touchdown.
The try for extra point, a pass from Dearborn to Merriman, failed, as Quarterback Hughes of Marions broke it up.
Pete Thompson, right end, scored Marions' touchdown. Shorb, Marion center, blocked and recovered Earborn's attempted punt on the 50-yard line. It took the Marions exactly eight plays to advance the ball to the Palace 3-yard line.
Palace's line braced, beating off the Marion challenge after the latter lacked a yard of making first down with only 2 yards between it and the goal.
At this juncture Palace attempted what it thought was a strategic move -- a double lateral. Frank Harper, alert right tackle, was the lad who ruined the Palace hopes. He raced in at top speed, smeared the play. Thompson fell on the ball over the goal line for touchdown.
Radke's attempted placement kick was wide.
Neither team advanced within 20 yards of the other's goal during the remaining two quarters.
Brentwood drew first blood against Maryland as Herbert, half back, caught Pisani's 20 yard pass and dashed 5 yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter Willis Dunner [sic-Benner], quarter back, heaved a 40-yard pass to Hay for Maryland's first score, and in the third quarter flipped a 20-yard pass to Mangum for the second touchdown. Jenkins' 20-yard run accounted for the other two touchdowns. Dunner [Benner] made the four extra points.
|Md. A. C.||Position||Brentw'd Hawks|
|Arnson . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||Cole|
|Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||Phillips|
|Ford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||Timmons|
|Howard . . . . . . . . . . . .||Center||. . . . .||Franke|
|Walkovich. . . . . . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||White|
|Maskamarino . . . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||Eicholz|
|Hay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||Hoy|
|Dunner [Benner] . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||Pisani|
|Jenkins . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||Bonbest|
|Mangum . . . . . . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||Herbert|
|Algenty . . . . . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||W. Selliner|
Brentwood Hawks . . . . . . . 6 0 0 0 -- 6
Touchdowns -- Hay, Mangum, Jenkins, Algenty, Herbert. Points after touchdowns -- Dunner [Benner] (4). Referee -- Joe Mitchell. Umpire -- Simpson. Head linesman -- Hentzler.
October 31, 1934 (copy)
Maryland A. C. Plays Marion On Sunday - Heated Clash is Expected; Both Are Now Tied for League Lead.
High explosives will be released along the sandlot football front Sunday when the Marion A. C. champions, and Maryland A. C. attempt to break their first-place tie in the unlimited division of the National City Football League. The game, scheduled for Duffy Stadium in Seat Pleasant at 3 p.m., will find both teams throwing into action their strongest line-ups. Marions, held to a 6-6 draw last Sunday by Palace, and Maryland, 28-6 victors over Brentwood Hawks, have four points each to their credit in the league standings. In the other unlimited game Brentwood Hawks will meet Seaman Gunners at the Navy Yard gridiron. Palace draws a bye. The Palace team is in third place with three points, and Seaman Gunners have one. The Hawks have none having been defeated in both its games.
|known to be after 4th game of 1934|
St. Stephen's In Tie With N. E. Boys
Maryland A. C. Victor; Brookland Captures 135-Pound Crown.
National City Football League Standings.
(Two points for a win; 1 for a tie.)
|Maryland A. C. . . . . . . .||3||1||0||6|
|Marion A. C. . . . . . . . .||1||1||2||4|
|Brentwood Hawks . . . . . . .||1||2||0||2|
|Seaman Gunners . . . . . . .||0||2||1||1|
Maryland A. C., 19; Marion A. C. 0
Brentwood Hawks, 7; Seaman Gunners, 0.
[...article details results of 150-Pound League and 135-Pound League...]
Championship races in two of the three divisions of the National City Football League tightened yesterday as pennant contenders battled to stay in the running for the titles.
The Maryland A. C. retained its status as a favorite to win the first half unlimited championship by trouncing Marion A. C., 19 to 0, at Duffy Field, Seat Pleasant, before 1,500 fans. The Palace A. C., the only team now in the path of the Marylanders for the crown, did not play but must win its two remaining games for the first half championship.
[...article details results of games in the other two leagues.]
In the unlimited division, the Brentwood Hawks defeated the Seaman Gunners, 7 to 0, at the Navy Yard. The Cleveland Chargers downed the Southwest A. C., 12 to 0, in a 150-pound league game.
The big game of the day was the Maryland-Marion clash, in which Joe Alenty, former Georgetown star, and Willis Benner, former Maryland backfield ace, paced the Seat Pleasant team to the first victory over their old rivals in five years.
The Seamen Gunners-Brentwood game found two evenly matched teams battling for most of the game without a score before Barney Bankert fell back to the Gunners' 45-yard line and passed 30 yard to Ted Snelling, who took the ball and ran the remaining 25 yards for the touchdown. ...
|Hay . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||Bushler|
|Mastormarino . . . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||Winters|
|Ford . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||O'Brien|
|Hawkins . . . . . . . . . .||Center||. . . . .||Short|
|Walscavage. . . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||La Porte|
|Williams . . . . . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||Harper|
|Schassen . . . . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||Liacarione|
|Benner . . . . . . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||Hooff|
|Mangum . . . . . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||Hughes|
|Moore . . . . . . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||Radke|
|Alenty . . . . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||Raum|
|Maryland . . . . . . . . .||. . . 12 0 0 7 -- 19|
|Marion . . . . . . . . . .||. . . 0 0 0 0 -- 0|
November 5, 1934 (copy)
Sandlot Grid Title Races Tighten
Maryland A. C. Victor; Brookland Clinches 135-Pound Crown.
National City Football League Standings.
(Two points for a win: 1 for a tie.)
|Maryland A. C. . . . . .||. . . . . . . . .||3||1||0||6|
|Marion A. C. . . . . . . .||. . . . . . . . .||1||1||2||4|
|Palace A. C. . . . . . . .||. . . . . . . . .||1||2||0||2|
|Seaman Gunners. . .||. . . . . . . . .||0||2||1||1|
|Maryland A. C., 19; Marion A. C. 0.|
|Brentwood Hawks, 7; Seaman Gunners, 0.|
|(article continues with 150 and 135-Pound Leagues)|
The Maryland A. C. retained its status as a favorite to win the first half unlimited championship by trouncing Marion A. C., 19 to 0, at Duffy Field, Seat Pleasant, before 1,500 fans. The Palace A. C., the only team now in the path of the Marylanders for the crown, did not play but must win its two remaining games for the first half championship. ...
The big game of the day was the Maryland-Marion clash, in which Joe Alenty, former Georgetown star, and Willis Benner, former Maryland backfield ace, paced the Seat Pleasant team to the first victory over their old rivals in five years.
Off to Early Start
The winners scored in the first few minutes of the game. A fumble of a punt by Ed Hoff, of Marion, was recovered on the Marion 39-yard line, where Don Hay recovered. Line plunges by Joe Moore and Benner put the ball on the 23, where Benner fell back and passed to Don Hay for a 13-yard gain. It was the old Benner-Hay passing combination of Maryland fame.
On the next play Benner pulled a nice spinner-fake to Alenty, but held on the ball and then tossed laterally to Alenty out wide, the big back sprinting over for the score
The Benner-Hay combination led up to the second touchdown, two passes putting the ball on the Marions' 3-yard line, where Alenty crashed right tackle for the touchdown.
Aided by Poor Kick.
In the last period the Marylanders took advantage of a bad kick by Hickey Licarione, of the Marions, which went outside on his own 19-yard line. Line plays, with Moore and Benner carrying the ball, took it to the 1-yard line, where Benner plunged over for the third score. He kicked the extra point. ...
I was particularly nostalgic to find this clipping of my dad, since it is not in the scrapbook. He would have loved this article featuring him more prominently than any other article in the Washington Post. I don't know why he kept the other article on the same day, and not this one. I hope he did see it, and it just somehow did not make it into the scrapbook.
|11/12 - win over Essex - Don scores!|
Marylanders Score Over Essex - Get Two Touchdowns in Last Period to Win by 13-0 Count.
Arresting the winning streak of one of the best unlimited teams in Baltimore, the Maryland A. C. leaders in the National City Football League, conquered the Essex Swan eleven yesterday at Seat Pleasant, 13 to 0. Don Hay, left end, and Willis Benner, quarter back, scored the Maryland touchdowns, both in the last quarter. Hay accounted for the first touchdown when he snared Benner's 15-yard pass while standing in the end zone. Benner kicked the extra point. In the last few minutes of play Benner intercepted Peterson's pass intended for White, end, and raced 27 yards behind good interference for a touchdown.
Only One Real Threat.
For three quarters the game was warmly contested, with two strong lines yielding grudgingly. Essex Swan made its only real threat in the first quarter when Winters recovered a Maryland fumble on the Maryland 20-yard line. The visitors, however, were held for downs. Pete Peterson, full back, and Joe Moore, were outstanding for Essex, and Walscavage, guard, did Trojan duty in the Maryland line.
|Md. A. C.||Position||Essex Swan|
|Hay . . . . . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||White|
|Leventhal . . . . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||Moore|
|Ford . . . . . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||Bowman|
|Howard . . . . . . . . .||Center||. . . . .||Huches|
|Walscavage. . . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||Smith|
|Mastormarino . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||Fisher|
|Schassen . . . . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||Winters|
|Benner . . . . . . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||Brown|
|Alenty . . . . . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||Pumphrey|
|Mangun . . . . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||Payne|
|DeLabre . . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||Peterson|
Essex Swan . . . . . . . . . . 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Touchdowns - Benner, Hay. Point after touchdown - Benner. Substitutions - Maryland: Kalinsky, Birkhead. Essex: Swann, Jones, Miller. Referee - Workman. Umpire - Smith. Head linesman - Edwards. Time of periods - Ten minutes.
November 15, 1934 (copy)
Maryland A. C. Eleven Bolstered for Gunners
In preparation for Sunday's football game with Seaman Gunners at Duffy Stadium, the Maryland A. C. will practice tonight at the same field.
The game will be the first of the second half of the National City Unlimited Football League. Among the newcomers on the Maryland team are "Snail" DeLabre and Joe Leventhal, of the Mohawks and Billy Harris, formerly of Roosevelt High.
Maryland A. C. And Marions Triumph - Champs Score Over Coast Artillery by 6 to 0; Gunners Routed.
Marions and Maryland A. C. opened the second half of the National City Semipro Football League with victories yesterday. Marions won a 6-0 thriller from 260th Coast Artillery at Bennings, while Maryland swamped Seaman Gunners, 45-0, at Duffy Stadium.
Buddy Hughes, quarter back, proved the hero for Marions. He lunged through center from the 5-yard line late in the second quarter for a touchdown as the climax of a spirited 40-yard march. The game was a real dog fight, with both lines yielding grudgingly.
Willis Benner, former Tech High and Maryland University football ace, who also is quite adept at picking football scores, was the big noise for Maryland A. C. He scored four touchdowns with a great exhibition of kicking, running and passing. Benner made his first touchdown on the opening play of the game, slashing off tackle 52 yards.
One of the features of the Marion-Artillery game was an 82-yard punt executed by Shore, Artillery quarter back. The ball was kicked from his own 15-yard line, and rolled out on Marion's three. ...
|Maryland A. C.||Position||Gunners|
|Schassen . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||Barnard|
|Leventhal . . . . . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||Kopff|
|Ford . . . . . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||Markowitz|
|Hawkins . . . . . . . . .||Center||. . . . .||Walker|
|Wallencavich. . . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||Soargs|
|Mastermarino . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||Swede|
|Hay . . . . . . . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||Bigby|
|Benner . . . . . . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||Hightower|
|Mangum . . . . . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||Angelin|
|DeLabro . . . . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||Paddock|
|Alenty . . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||Brown|
|Maryland A. C. . . . . . .||. . . 19 13 6 7 -- 45|
|Seaman Gunners . . . . .||. . . 0 0 0 0 -- 0|
November 25, 1934 (copy)
Sandlot Grid Program Is Promising
Hawks Meet Maryland; Palace Faces Guards; Marions in Action.
National City League
Maryland A. C. vs. Brentwood Hawks at Duffy Stadium, Seat Pleasant, Md 2:30 p. m.
Palace A. C. vs. 260th Coast Artillers at Gonzaga Field 2:30 p.m.
Marion A. C. vs. Seaman Gunners at Navy Yard 2:30 p.m.
135-Pound League ...
Sandlot football fans are offered some first-class attractions on several fronts today. Three fast semi-pro games are scheduled in the National City League as the circuit settles down for the second half of the season.
The Brentwood Hawks reinforced by the addition of several new stars, meet the formidable Maryland A. C. at Duffy Stadium Seat Pleasant, Md. On Gonzaga Field, the Palace A. C. also bolstered with new men, hooks up with the 160th Coast Artillery and on the Navy Yard field the Seaman Gunners and the Marion A. C. clash in another top-notcher.
Sign Star Players.
The Hawks have signed several former stars of the powerful Mohawk A. C. including Phil Delaney, center; Ed Ettinger, end; Dutch Schwartsman, guard and Bob Clark, half back. Clinton Price, former end on the fast St. Mary's Celtics, also has joined the Hawks.
Palace co-champion with Maryland of the first half, has added to its roster Pie Juliano, Pete Turner, Joe Sullivan and Art Pfelfer. The Artillerymen, barely beaten 6 to 0, by the powerful Marions, are figured to give the Palace outfit a tough battle.
|11/26 - win over Hawks|
Marions Down Gunners 7-6 in Thriller. Maryland A. C. and Palace Also Win to Remain Undefeated.
Maryland A. C. Marions and Palace continued along the unbeaten trail in the second half of the Maryland City Semi-pro Football League yesterday, all ringing up victories. Maryland swamped Brentwood Hawks, 24 to 0, with Willis Benner, quarter back, former University of Maryland star, scoring three touchdowns. Benner made four last week against Seaman Gunners. The champion Marions eked out a thrilling 7-to-6 victory over Seaman Gunners. Palace, winner of the first half played "heads-up" Football to down 260th Coast Artillery, 19 to 0.
Aided by DeLabre
Benner was virtually unstoppable against the Hawks. He counted two touchdowns in the second quarter, and one in the last, ripping off gain after gain, ably aided by Snail DeLabre, full back, who scored the other touchdown. ...
|Md. A. C.||Position||Brentw'd Hawks|
|Schassen . . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||Eddinger|
|Leventhal . . . . . . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||Duffy|
|Ford . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||Timmons|
|Hawkins . . . . . . . . . .||Center||. . . . .||C. Feiner|
|Wallencavich. . . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||Miller|
|Mastermarino . . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||Eichols|
|Hay . . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||Price|
|Benner . . . . . . . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||Pisano|
|Alenty . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||Bonbest|
|Mangum . . . . . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||Seaford|
|DeLabre . . . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||Wertzman|
Brentwood Hawks . . . . . . . 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Touchdowns - Benner (3), DeLabre. Substitutions - (Maryland) Howard, Harris, Kallinsky, Hampton, Cumberland, Phaltzgrass, Burkhead; (Hawks) Phillips, Delaney, Duffie, W. Feiner, McManus, Cole, Bedell, White. Referee - O. Mitchell. Umpire - Sweeney. Head linesman - Cox.
December 1, 1934 (copy)
Palace Eleven Seeks Title Tomorrow - Plays Maryland A. C. at Seat Pleasant; Stars Join Suburbanites.
Perennial champions of the District's 150-pound grid teams, the Palace eleven makes its first bid for unlimited honors tomorrow at Seat Pleasant, where it meets the Maryland Athletic Club at 2:15. Palace won the first half, upsetting Maryland, 13 to 7, on its way to the title, and winning over all other opponents. But it will be a stronger Maryland team that takes the field tomorrow. Manager Ralph Boyer has bolstered his eleven with recruits from the Mohawks and expects to place the strongest team on the field National City League fans have seen this season. Maryland must win tomorrow to clinch the second-half honors and gain the right to meet Palace in a play-off for the city championship.
Palace Has Sandlotters.
Palace, with its strictly sandlot line-up, will be the underdog but a well supported one. Southwest fans are backing their favorites to the limit, anticipating a return of the unlimited crown to that section of the city. The Scanlon Brothers Mike, Ed and Joe, Joe Hudson and other regulars will be in the team's starting line-up. Maryland will rely on "Snail" DeLabre, Joe Alenty, Frank Cumberland, Willis Benner and other hand-picked stars to turn back the visitors. The suburban team gave a striking illustration of what it expects to do tomorrow when it steam-rollered the Seaman Gunners into a 46-0 defeat. A throng of several thousand fans that is expected to be numerically greater than any to witness a sandlot game since the Mohawk-Apache battle of 1928 is expected to see the teams clash.
December 3, 1934 (copy)
Palace Fails to Show Up for Maryland Game, and Forfeits League
Gauzza Puts Team Out Of Loop
Semipro League Head Declares Maryland First-Half Winners
Palace A. C., winners of the first half in the National City Semipro Football League, automatically forfeited its franchise in the league yesterday when the team failed to show up at Duffy Stadium for its scheduled game with the Maryland A. C.
President Vic Gauzza declared the Maryland eleven champions of the first half, and awarded them a forfeit victory, 1-0. Maryland is tied for first in the second with the Marions, who won their third straight yesterday at the expense of Brentwood Hawks, 25-0.
Palace had beaten Maryland earlier in the season, 13-6, to gain a headlock on first place, and yesterday's crucial game was expected to bring out a record crowd for the season. Palace had won one game and Maryland two in the second half.
Gauzza Regrets Incident.
The league has a ruling that any team forfeiting one game automatically loses its franchise.
President Gauzza made the following statement after declaring the Palace franchise forfeited: "I regret that Palace did not put in an appearance for the Maryland game. Neither myself nor Coach Ralph Boyer, of Maryland, was notified that Palace would not show up. This is the only blot on our league for the season, and Boyer and I wish to apologize to the fans who were on hand for the game but were disappointed."
"Mike Scanlon, Palace coach, was in to see me Saturday at 1 p. m. He stated his team wanted to drop from the league, and that the players had decided to play the Clancy A. C. in Norfolk, Sunday (yesterday). When Scanlon asked me to return his franchise money, I immediately requested him to sign the release of his team from the league. When I informed him that by dropping from the league he automatically forfeited his franchise and franchise fee, he stated he would return and let me know definitely what his team planned to do. He did not sign for the release, and I did not hear further from him."
Expected 2,500 Fans.
Maryland had its strongest team on the field yesterday, ready for play. The day's receipts, according to Gauzza, would have been around $500, with some 2,500 in attendance.
. . . (other league games)
Note: the subsequent article, next to this one, states in the title that "Norfolk Gridders Defeat Palace, 7-0."
December 9 1934 (copy)
Marions and Maryland Battle - Suburban Eleven Hopes to Clinch League Title in Seat Pleasant Game.
Tied for the lead in the second half of the National City Semi-Pro League, Maryland A. C, and the Marions will resume their football feud today at 2:30 p.m. at Seat Pleasant. Each having won three games and lost none, and with only one more game remaining on the schedule after today's battle, Maryland will attempt to clinch the championship with a victory over the twice league champions. By reason of Palace's withdrawal from the league as a result of its failure to show up for last Sunday's game, Maryland has been declared first half champion, supplanting Palace. Therefore, a Maryland victory would prevent a playoff. Maryland has a game next Sunday with Seaman Gunners, and is expected to have no trouble in winning.
Benner in Line-up.
Both teams will muster their strongest line-ups. Willis Benner, former Maryland star; Joe Alenty, Frank Cumberland and Snail DeLabre will start in the back field for Palace [sic - actually Maryland], while the Marions will rely on such stars as Ed Hooff, Ed Radtke, Pelton and Suit. Both lines are strong and are expected to yield ground grudgingly today. Ford, left guard, is a tower of strength in the Maryland front wall, while Shorb, center, is the ace of the Marion line. Meanwhile Maryland and Palace laid plans for their game. Regardless of whether Maryland wins the league championship, the two rivals are going to clash, with December 22 or 23 looming as the date. Line-ups for today's Maryland-Marions game:
|Hamilton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||Winters|
|Kallinsky or Leventhal . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||LaPorta|
|Ford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||O'Brien|
|Howard or Hawkins . . . . .||Center||. . . . .||Shorb|
|Wallencavich . . . . . . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||Rice|
|Mastromarino. . . . . . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||Harper|
|Hay or Schassen . . . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||Brown|
|Benner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||Hooff|
|Mangum or Alcaty . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||Radtke|
|Cumberland . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||Pelton|
|DeLabre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||Suit|
|12/9 win over Marions|
Maryland A.C. Eleven Routs Marions
Maryland A. C. virtually clinched the championship in the National City Semi-Pro Football League yesterday at Duffy Stadium by crushing the Marions, two-time titleholders, 39 to 6, in a game featured by the powerhouse attack of the Maryland backs. Having been declared first half winners, Maryland has only one more game in its schedule, that with 260th Coast Artillery, but Maryland is figuring to win that in a walk. Maryland scored in every period, and before its vaunted attack, which was featured by strictly straight football, the Marions appeared powerless. The Marylanders opened up wide gaps in the Marion line, and Willis Benner, former University of Maryland star; Frank Cumberland, Dick Alenty, and Snail DeLabre drove through with comparative ease. Marion's lone touchdown came in the third quarter, and was the result of a cleverly executed 20-yard pass from Ed Hooff, quarter back, to Brown, right end, who raced unmolested 13 yards over the goal line.
|Maryland A.C. (39)||Position||Marions (6)|
|Hampton . . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||Winters|
|Kallinsky . . . . . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||LaPorte|
|Ford . . . . . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||O'Brien|
|Howard. . . . . . . . .||Center||. . . . .||Shorb|
|Wallencavich . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||Rice|
|Schassen. . . . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||Harper|
|Mastomarino . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||Brown|
|Benner . . . . . . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||Hooff|
|Mangum . . . . . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||Radtke|
|Cumberland . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||Pelton|
|DeLabre . . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||Suit|
Marions . . . . . . . . . . . 0 0 6 0 -- 6
Touchdowns -- Benner (2), Cumberland (2), Alenty, DeLabre, Brown. Points after touchdowns -- DeLabre, Benner, Alenty. Substitutions -- (Maryland) Alenty, Hawkins, Leventhal, Hay, Burkhead; (Marions) Hughes. Referee -- Orrell Mitchell.
December 10, 1934 (copy)
Palace and Maryland Near Accord on Grid "Natural" to be Played Next Sunday
Gate Division Only Issue Unsettled
Manager Boyer Willing to Forfeit Franchise to Play Rivals
The Palace and Maryland eleven still were at odds last night on terms for a proposed return game but all indications pointed to a settlement of their differences today or by tomorrow at latest. Thus the way will be open to play the game Sunday at Seat Pleasant Maryland's home field.
From a spectator's standpoint the contest is the greatest sandlot "natural" to materialize in the last few years and managers of the teams evidently realize this fact. Both are jockeying to obtain the best advantage on the disposition of the gate receipts.
Maryland is holding out for a 60-40 method of division, or winner take 60 per cent and loser 40 per cent, while Palace is determined that the profits shall be divided on a 50-50 basis.
Ralph Boyer Maryland manager, last night said that in order to play Palace next Sunday, which his team is willing to do, it will be necessary to forfeit the league franchise. If this is done, the Marion Athletic Club, which Maryland swamped yesterday, automatically wins the league championship and a purse of $75 made up of franchise money.
Boyer further announced his willingness to assume responsibility for several other financial burdens pertinent to the staging of the game, which might well result in a total loss for his club should the game fail to draw a large crowd because of unfavorable weather or other causes.
He accused Palace of being unwilling to risk anything at all on the game and of shirking all financial responsibilities.
Palace, by virtue of its 13-6 victory over Maryland in the first half of the league, has laid claim to the city championship and has announced its readiness to defend the title against all comers, including Maryland. But Mike Scanlon, manager of the team, declared the team also wants a voice in terms governing the affair.
Palace was automatically banned from further league competition last week when it refused to meet Maryland at Seat Pleasant, electing to play the Clancey team at Norfolk instead. But Maryland, chafing under the sting of a surprise defeat in the first half, offered to meet the southwest team under conditions promulgated by officials of the Maryland club.
Conditions for Game.
These conditions were:
(a) That the team use only players eligible in league competition during the second half;
(b) That each team post a bond of $100 as guarantee against forfeiting;
(c) That the proceeds be divided as directed by league rules, or by the 60-40 plan.
Boyer and Scanlon last night declared that they were willing, even eager to play the game, but both stubbornly refused to agree to terms laid down by the opposition.
December 14, 1934 (copy)
Palace A. C., Unbeaten Locally in 8 years, Stakes Its Record
The Palace eleven's record of going undefeated in eight years of competition with local sandlot football teams will be at stake Sunday when the Southwest Clubmen clash with the Maryland Athletic Club at Seat Pleasant.
The kick-off will be at 2:30 p.m. barring unfavorable weather, and Maryland is a 2-1 favorite to win.
In the event of rain the game will be postponed one week.
Palace upset its highly touted rival in their first game, winning 13-6, but the suburbanites have improved since then and loom as the strongest team in the District at this time. Maryland served notice that it is in rare form by whipping the champion Marions last Sunday, 39-6, the worst drubbing ever suffered by the Marions.
Only the week previously, Maryland handed the Seaman Gunners their worst lacing in history, a 45-0 setback. Now Manager Ralph Boyer's crew intends to whip the Palace gridmen by as many touchdowns as possible.
Maryland has a bevy of former college stars on its roster, numbering Maryland, Western Maryland, Mount St. Mary's and Georgetown players among its first stringers. In addition, it has culled the local sandlot ranks for the best pigskin toters, and the result is a powerful grid machine.
Palace, on the other hand, is a strictly all-sandlot team. Mike Scanlon and one of his brothers, Ed; Joe Hudson and one or two others have had high school experience, but none ever went in for higher education. But that, apparently, has not affected their football.
The Southeast team defeated Seaman Gunners last week, and the week before held the powerful Clancy professionals of Norfolk to a 7-0 score. Every man on the team is in good physical condition.
Palace held the 150-pound city championship five consecutive years before stepping up into the unlimited ranks. During that time it was tied twice, but never beaten. After winning the title last year the team challenged the Marions, unlimited champions and keen rivals from the neighboring Southeast section. Palace won, 7-0.
If Palace wins Sunday it will have accomplished a feat no other sandlot team ever has, that of winning the 150-pound and unlimited championships in consecutive years.
December 16, 1934 (copy)
Maryland A. C. And Palace Vie Today - 3,000 Fans to See Battle at Seat Pleasant for Unlimited Title.
Sandlot football, the closest modern approach in the ancient Roman game of modified mayhem, reaches its highest level since the halcyon days of '28 this afternoon when the Maryland A. C. and Palace A. C. elevens come to grips for the unlimited championship of the city. Three thousand fans are expected to see the titanic struggle. The kick-off will be at 2:30 o'clock in Duffy Stadium, Seat Pleasant, with Maryland rated a 3-1 favorite to topple the Southwest gridmen from their lofty perch. Although officials are confident that it will be a peaceful gathering of law-abiding citizenry that will see the contest, precautions have been taken to prevent undue enthusiasm. A squad of 15 State policemen will be on duty at the stadium.
Swamped Last Three.
Maryland is rated stronger than Palace on a basis of its last three performances, in which it swamped the Brentwood Hawks, Seaman Gunners and former champion Marions. The suburbanites inflicted the worst defeats ever suffered by the trio upon them in amassing 107 points, and, incidentally, annexed the National City League championship. But Palace upset Maryland in their first game, 13-6, and is confident of repeating this afternoon. Palace is a strictly all-sandlot aggregation whose principal strength lies in its unquenchable spirit. Palace, although tied several times, has not lost a game to a local opponent in the last eight years.
Hard Pressed to Win.
Palace was hard pressed to win a 12-8 decision over Seaman Gunners last Sunday, while Maryland best the Tars by five touchdowns. But the Seat Pleasant gridmen are loath to believe that Palace could do no better. They point out that the Scanlon-coached machine ground out a 37-0 win over the Gunners in their first meeting. In Willis Benner, former University of Maryland star, Maryland has the most prolific scorer in sandlot ranks. Benner has crossed the opposing goal line 14 times this season, leading the individual scoring race by a wide margin. Two old sandlot favorites, "Snail" DeLabre, full back, and Charley Leventhal, tackle, will appear in Maryland livery. Palace will have Jimmy Dearborn, the Scanlon brothers, Mike, Ed and Joe, Joe Hudson, Ray Tonker, Don Bomba and its other standbys to carry its colors into battle.
|Newspaper photo 12/17 Maryland-Palace Game - click on clipping for a larger view|
|First page of Don's scrapbook|
December 17 1934
Scoring Late, Maryland Wins 13-0
Benner Leader in Mud; Paves Way for Score With 32-Yd. Run
Palace Is Defeated Here First Time in 8 Years; 2,000 See Clash.
In a grueling battle of men and mud, the Maryland A. C. established its claim to the city semipro championship by whipping the Palace eleven, 13-0, yesterday at Seat Pleasant. A throng of 2,000 fans saw the suburbanites score both touchdowns in the final period, sending the southwest clubmen down to their first defeat before a local team in eight years. Defeat was bitter for the cocky little Palace eleven, but the former 150-pound titleholders were gallant in defeat. Outweighed by an unhealthy margin, Palace fought Maryland to a standstill for three periods and was making good its taunt that it would never be beaten by the Seat Pleasant team.
Benner, DeLabre Star.
But Palace overlooked two opponents in its well-laid plans, Willis Benner, coach and quarter back, and "Snail" DeLabre, full back. Benner is a product of the University of Maryland, but DeLabre, like Topsy, just growed on the sandlots. "Snail" was lugging footballs through beefy lines for the old Mohawks and Apaches when most of the boys he played with yesterday were occupied in sand boxes. It's been six years since "Snail" reached the zenith of his remarkable career, but yesterday he was the DeLabre of old, the same old battering, line-smashing full back, tearing through for 6, 7, and 8-yard gains. They kicked him in the ribs, inadvertently of course, stepped on him, "mugged" him and performed all of the delicate operations that ordinarily stop a fellow, but "Snail" only smiled and chuckled and went through for an additional 5 yards. To him it was home-coming day and he loved it.
Benner Races 32 Yards.
It was Benner, twisting, sliding, racing through a muddy, broken field 32 yards until downed by Reagan on the 15, who placed Maryland in position for its first score. The play occurred about midway in the final stanza with Maryland struggling vainly to penetrate the mire of midfield. Frank Cumberland, former Western star, carried the ball over in three stabs at the line. Benner's placement for the extra point was wide. Palace had only one scoring opportunity -- in the third period when R. Vernon broke through and blocked a punt and Pell recovered on Maryland's 23-yard line. But Maryland braced and held for downs.
Punting is Excellent.
Both teams had excellent kicking, with Dearborn and Tonker punting for Palace and DeLabre and Cumberland booting for Maryland. The tackling, too, though vicious, was clean. Palace was placed on the defensive at the onset when Maryland marched down to the 5-yard line early in the first period following an exchange of kicks. But the Southeast team hurled back four attempts to pierce the line. Thereafter Maryland was held at a comfortable distance from the goal line until the fatal fourth quarter. Maryland's first touchdown was the signal for a prolonged but unsuccessful barrage of aerials by Palace in its desperate attempt to tie the score. All but one, which netted a 15-yard gain, either were incompleted or knocked down.
Maryland Risks Pass.
Then Maryland, at the risk of having one intercepted and possibly converted into the tying points, took to the air on its own account. This rather dubious line of strategy led to the second score as Cumberland passed to Benner who was downed on the 2-yard mark. Palace prepared for another goal-line stand, but it was just so much wasted effort as DeLabre tucked the ball under his arm and plunged over for the score. Benner made good on his try for the extra point.
Only two injuries, attesting to the clean play, were suffered, one by each team. Al Cohen, Maryland tackle, emerged from a mix-up with a broken nose, and Joe Hudson, Palace tackle, was carried from the field with a broken collar bone.
|E. Scanlon . . . . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||Schasser|
|Hudson . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||Leventhal|
|P. Vernon. . . . . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||Ford|
|Pell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .||Center||. . . . .||Hawkins|
|Turner . . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||Walacavage|
|R. Vernon. . . . . . . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||Mastermarino|
|Merman . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||Hay|
|Reagan . . . . . . . . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||Benner|
|Webb . . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||Alenty|
|Dearborn . . . . . . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||Cumberland|
|J. Scanlon . . . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||DeLabre|
Palace . . . . . . . . . . .0 0 0 0 -- 0
Touchdowns -- Cumberland, DeLabre. Point after touchdown -- Benner (placement). Referee -- J. Mitchell. Umpire -- O. Mitchell. Head linesman -- Sweeney.
|December 16, 1934 game|
Marylands Rule on Semi-Pro Grid
Gain Top by 13-0 Victory Over Palace Eleven at Seat Pleasant.
Maryland A. C. gridders today are on top of the semi-pro foot ball heap hereabout.
Already virtually assured of the national City League unlimited title, the Marylands yesterday further established their superiority by putting down a hard-fighting Palace A. C. eleven, 13-0, in Duffy Stadium at Seat Pleasant before one of the largest crowds to see a sandlot foot ball game hereabout in some time.
A keen rivalry was accentuated when Palace, which defeated M. A. C. earlier in the campaign, 13-6, and went on to capture the first-half crown in the National City League, was banished from the loop because of failure to keep a scheduled second engagement with the Seat Pleasant outfit.
For three periods the Palace eleven, National City League 150-pound champion last season, fought the heavier M. A. C. team to a standstill, but in the final quarter the Marylands, with Snail De Labre, veteran sandlotter, and Willis Benner, coach and quarterback and former University of Maryland athlete, heading the attack, shoved over two touchdowns.
A twisting 32-yard run by Benner set the stage for the first touchdown. Frank Cumberland, former Western Maryland gridder, plunged over. The second touchdown came on a passing attack. De Labre scored after Cumberland passed to Benner on the 2-yard line.
Palace's lone scoring opportunity came in the third period when R. Vernon blocked a punt and Pell recovered on Maryland's 23. But the Southwest bunch could get no nearer the enemy goal.
December 18, 1934 (copy)
Marions Issue Challenge to Palace
Are Confident of Better than 6-6 Tie as in First Battle.
The sandlot football season isn't over after all -- not if the Marions' challenge to the Palace gridmen is accepted.
Palace suffered a 13-0 defeat by the Maryland clubmen Sunday -- its first loss to a local club in eight years. But the Marions adroitly point out that Maryland, hailing from Seat Pleasant, is beyond the District boundary and technically not a District team.
That brings up the Marion challenge.
Gained 6-to-6 Tie.
"We want to be the first bona fide Washington team to stop Palace," is the Southeast team's cry. "We held 'em to a 6-6 tie earlier in the season, but we'll beat 'em if they'll play us again."
The Marions won the National City League unlimited championship last season, when Palace chalked up its fifth consecutive triumph in 150-point ranks. Palace challenged for a game. The Marions accepted and lost, 7-0. Now the Southeast eleven wants a chance to redeem itself.
Southeast vs. Southwest -- a natural if ever there was one, and the Gonzaga High School field is available for such a game.
1935 Maryland A.C. Basketball season.
Don Hay and Willis Benner (and fellow football player Dick Nelson) also played semi-pro basketball for the Maryland A. C. Don's Sigma Nu fraternity brother Roy Yowell joined them.
January 7, 1935 (copy)
Maryland A. C. Strong.
The Maryland Athletic Club has assembled a strong roster for the impending Prince Georges County BasketBall league race, opening Thursday night. Seat Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring the team. Don Hay, Dick Nelson, Ed Berry, Joe McBride, Willis Benner, Roy Yowell, Tom Jarrell and two unnamed men have signed to play with the suburban club.
March 16, 1935 (copy)
Maryland A. C., Olmsted and Flashes Win A. A. U. Court Duel
Fifth Night In Tourney Thriller
All Three Court Games Are Decided in Last Minute of Play.
A trio of briskly played games, all decided in the last minute of play, marked the fifth night of play in the annual District A. A. U. basket ball tourney at Tech High School last night.
The Maryland A. C. defeated Rockville, 34 to 30; Olmsted Grill conquered George's Radio, 36 to 34; and Heurich's Flashes defeated Certified Bakers, 41 to 37.
The keen scoring eye of Bob Fuchs, former American University star, prevented Rockville from scoring one of the tournaments greatest upsets. It was Fuchs, who ripped the cords for 13 points, who brought the Seat Pleasant quintet from behind after Rockville finished the first half with a 21-9 margin.
Markland, who threw in 13 points, and Steinberg and Becker were outstanding for the losers, who had met defeat twice before this season -- by comfortable margins -- at Maryland's hands.
... (the article then goes on to describe the other two games.)
|March? 1935 seven-victory-streak|
Maryland Club in Court Streak
Scores Seven Victories in Row After Slow Start.
Ties for Second.
Maryland A. C., which gained unlimited class independent foot ball honors hereabout last season, now is making a bid for basket ball laurels.
After a so-so start, the Marylanders have come along lately with a rush to win seven in a row and gain a tie for second place with the Company F quint in the first half race in the Prince Georges County (Md.) League. Laurel, Mount Rainier A. C. and Mount Rainier Grays are league teams to fall successively before M. A. C., which opens its second-half play Monday night against Company F. Certified Bakers took the first-half title.
Among mainstays of the M. A. C. squad are Willis Benner, former University of Maryland athletic standout; Biggy Collins, 240-pound wrestling luminary of Oklahoma A. and M. not so long ago; Fred Berry, Bob Fuchs, Don Hay and Selmacy.
Note: my older sister recalls that our father played on two different basketball teams -- Maryland A. C. and some other -- as she remembers a family story that on at least one occasion Don played the first three quarters for one team, then raced across town to play the last three quarters for the other! Her recollection is that Don played basketball longer than football, as she recalls family stories that Don continued to play after our parents married in May 1935, perhaps downsizing to just one team in 1936! I find it curious that Don is mentioned as a mainstay of the squad (and not Roy Yowell) when Don never played basketball in high school or college and Roy had been a star then.
1935 Maryland A.C. Football season.
Don continued to play football a second year post-college for the Maryland semi-pro team. This year more Maryland College players were added to the team. The dearth of articles from the season in Don's album suggests that he played less this year, and perhaps left the team. While he is listed as playing in the October 6th opening game, and is on the reserves in other games in October, he is not even listed as on the reserves starting in November.
|9/22 - new season team additions|
September 22, 1935
Maryland A. C. Dominated by College Men
Semi-Pro Eleven Replete with Grid Stars from Nearby Schools
Enough college players to start an alumni association have been signed by the Maryland A. C. of Seat Pleasant, Md., for the coming season. Names given out yesterday by the team management should give the team a rating at the "tops" of pro and semipro football in and around Washington.
Late newcomers to the aggregation to be coached by Willis Benner, former Maryland back-field ace, include (Red) Oliver and Lloyd Lewis, touch-down twins of Texas Christian four year ago. Lewis also played for some time with the Cincinnati professional team.
Roger Leverton, former University of Richmond star, will be sharing the signal-calling burden with Benner, who has shifted himself from back field to end due to the big supply of ball carriers on hand. Others among the latter are Joe Creco, former Maryland player; Dick Nelson, also of Maryland, and Frank Cumberland, of Western Maryland.
Bill Parrish, of George Washington, will possibly pair with Benner at end along with Don Hay, of Maryland. Eddie Hearn, Alabama guard of two years ago, and Luther Goldman, of Maryland, figure to take care of the guard positions with Magruder Huff, 237-pound tackle, and Duane Sands, of Emory and Henry tackle.
Tommy Webb, another Maryland player, is slated for center; George Wohlfarth, former St. John's of Annapolis wingman, will share the end duties with Benner, Parrish and Hay.
The team will open the season at Richmond with the Richmond Arrows shortly. Practice will be held today at Seat Pleasant. Games are tentatively scheduled with York Norfolk, Richmond and the Sewanees of Portsmouth.
|1935 preseason - September?|
Sothoron, Maryland's Only 4-Letter Man, Signs to Play with D. C. Semi-Pro Eleven
By Lewis F. Atchison
Another chapter in the brilliant football saga of "South" Sothoron, the University of Maryland's All-Southern quarter back last season, may be written this season, but it will not be a glamorous tale of collegiate competition, but a story of the trials and tribulations of another sandlotter. For "South" has signed to play with the Maryland A. C., unlimited sandlot champion of the city.
Nine Old Line Graduates.
One of Maryland's most illustrious gridmen, although he did not achieve prominence until last season, and the only four-letter athlete ever developed at the school, Sothoron has found the lure of the gridiron too great to keep him out of a uniform. He has a lucrative position with an oil firm and is anxious to progress in his position, but he'd like to have just one more fling at the old pigskin game before hanging up his cleats for keeps and the Maryland club offers him that opportunity.
"South," however, will not be the only former Terrapin athlete in the line-up, for when the team arrays itself across the field for the opening kick-off the scene will resemble a Maryland alumni meeting. Nine positions are expected to be filled by Old Line graduates.
Willis Benner, end and half back with the '33 Terp eleven, who coached the Seat Pleasant team and directed its successful search for the title from his quarter back post last year, is responsible for the Maryland majority. Benner has rounded up a team that not only promises to waltz through sandlot competition but should make its presence felt in semi-pro circles.
The complete Terrapin enrollment includes Dick Nelson and Joe Crecca, half backs from the '34 squad; Johnny Simpson, All-District guard last year; Luther Goldman, reserve tackle, and Don Haye[sic], Kirk Greve, ends, and Tom Webb, center, men who won their "M's" two seasons ago.
In addition to these men, the suburbanites will have Wally Walacavage and Al Cohen, former Georgetown University linemen, and Ozie Wray, an end who won his spurs at George Washington. Welded into a team this array of talent should give the city one of the strongest club aggregations it ever has boasted.
The Marylanders want undisputed claim to all they survey in the local football world this year, and to accomplish this goal they will have to meet the Federals. They were willing to play last year, but the Feds wanted a little too much for their services, 90 per cent of the receipts to be exact. Later they agreed to take 70 per cent, but when Maryland offered to play on a winner-take-all basis, Ray Smythe's men decided that Maryland should first get itself a reputation.
Sothoron et al may change the story this season.
Note: since Sothoron is not listed on the 9/30 or 10/14 line-ups below, and is a starter on 10/21, this article may be from the week of 10/14-10/19.
Sothoron was also on Don's 1930 Maryland College freshman team, along with Willis Benner.
|1935 Maryland Athletic Club Season Record||Day....||......Date............||Field||.............Opponent...................||....Score......||..............Location, Stadium...................||Attendance ||Sun ||9/29/1935||A||Richmond Arrow|| 0-0||T||Richmond, Va., Richmond Stadium||6000 ||*Sun||10/6/1935||H||Washington Marion A.C.||- - - -||- -||Seat Pleasant, Md., Duffy Stadium||(postponed?**)||Sun ||10/13/1935||H||Washington Marion A.C.||30-0||W ||Seat Pleasant, Md., Duffy Stadium ||Sun ||10/20/1935||H||Washington Palace A.C.||13-6||W ||Seat Pleasant, Md., Duffy Stadium ||Sun ||10/27/1935||A||Norfolk Clancys|| 3-0||W||Norfolk, Va., Bain Field||3500 ||Wed||10/30/1935||H||Richmond Arrow|| 7-0||W||Washington, D.C., Griffith Stadium||1500 ||*Wed||11/6/1935||N||Fredericksburg's Corsairs||27-0||W||Washington, D.C., Griffith Stadium||2,000||Sun||11/10/1935||H||East Frankfort Pros||42-0||W||Seat Pleasant, Md., Duffy Stadium ||*Sun||11/17/1935||H||Washington Palace A.C.||- - - -||- -||Seat Pleasant, Md., Duffy Stadium ||(postponed to Wed)||Wed||11/20/1935||A||Washington Palace A.C.||21-0||W ||Washington, D.C., Griffith Stadium||less than 1,000 ||Sun||11/24/1935||A||Washington Pros|| 9-0||W ||Washington, D.C., Griffith Stadium ||Sun||12/1/1935||A||Norfolk Clancys|| 0-0||T ||Norfolk, Va., Bain Field||4000 ||Sun||12/15/1935||A||Richmond Arrow|| 0-7||L ||Richmond, Va., Richmond Stadium||4000 ||Sun||12/22/1935||A||Richmond Arrow||- - - -||- - ||Richmond, Va., Richmond Stadium||Pd (snowed out)***||Sun||12/29/1935||A||Richmond Arrow||- - - -||- -||Richmond, Va., Richmond Stadium||Pd (snowed out)***||Sun||1/5/1936||N||Washington Pros||13-7||W||Richmond, Va.||3500|
*Additions (not on Pro Football Archives list); additions based on the articles below.
**10/6 postponement -- Since the newspaper lists MAC as scheduled to also play the Marions the following week, and the 10/6 and 10/13 articles both list the game as "debut," and the Archives does not list the 10/6 game at all, it is assumed this 10/6 game was postponed due to inclement weather, as were other games in the DC area on that day.
***Richmond Times Dispatch confirmed (articles below) that these two games were scheduled but snowed out, and the game was supposedly rescheduled for the following Sunday, but this is when they played the Washington Pros in Richmond, not the Arrow. It does not appear that this MAC-Arrow rematch was ever successfully scheduled for this season.
Note: There is a 3-point discrepancy on the MAC scores -- the 11/24 newspaper copy mentions MAC's 146-6 point season to date, but the table above totals 143-6. It is thought that the reporter may not have had accurate information; it is not thought there is a 3-0 game missing, but it is possible.
(Field=Field Advantage (Away;Home;Neutral); Cd=Cancelled; Pd=Postponed)
September 30, 1935 (copy)
Maryland A. C., Arrows Play to 0-0 Tie
Leverton Leads Semipros Against Old Mates at Richmond
By the Associated Press
Richmond, Sept 29
Two evenly matched elevens battled to a 0-0 drew here this afternoon as the Arrow Athletic Club opened the 1935 semipro season with the Maryland Athletic Club of Seat Pleasant, Md., before a crowd of 6,000 fans.
Just before the game the Arrows elected Mitch Debrin, former Randolph Macon star, as captain.
Roger Leveron, University of Richmond star last year, directed the Maryland clan. The opposing quarter back was Jimmy West, his old teammate at Richmond.
|Essex . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||Benner|
|Stewart . . . . . . . . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||Huff|
|Hope. . . . . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||Hawkins|
|Reiss. . . . . . . . . . . .||Center||. . . . .||Webb|
|Pratall . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||Goldman|
|Patton. . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||Sands|
|Lankford . . . . . . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||Ray|
|West . . . . . . . . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||Leverson|
|Schulz . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||Cumberland|
|DeLotto . . . . . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||Nelson|
|Berger . . . . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||Lewis|
October 6, 1935 (copy)
Maryland Gridmen Meet Marion Today
Seat Pleasant Team Has Strong College Line-Up.
The newly organized Marion A. C., now coached by Artie Wondrack, faces the Maryland A. C., District champs, in its gridiron debut today at Duffy Stadium, Seat Pleasant. The whistle for the opening kick-off will be tooted at 3 o'clock.
With no less than eight former University of Maryland football stars in their line-up the Marylanders rank favorites over the visitors from southeast Washington. Several new faces will be seen in the Marion line-up, including Joe Helburn, Joe Chiselding, Paul Mather and John Keller.
In addition to Willis Benner, who coaches the Seat Pleasant team, Don Hay, Webb, Hawkins, Goldman, Crecca, Dick Nelson, Huff, Frank Cumberland, former Western Maryland star; Joe Lewis, Lombard, Joe Howard, Sands, Folney, Wray, Wohlfarth and Roger Leverton will play for the Maryland A. C. in today's game.
October 7, 1935 (copy)
Note, the game scheduled for yesterday was probably cancelled; although no specific mention of the cancellation of the Maryland-Marion game could be found, there was mention of weather halting other games in the D.C. area.
October 13, 1935 (copy)
Sandlot Teams Open Season Today
Maryland and Palace Clubs to Meet Formidable Opponents.
The Maryland A. C. and Palace A. C. football teams, rivals for last year's District title, face formidable foes today as the local sandlot season is launched with a program of five games.
Ralph Boyer's Marylanders, 1934 champs, make their debut against the reorganized Marion A. C. now under the coaching of Artie Wondrack, in the feature of a double attraction at Duffy Stadium. The Palace 150-pounders and Centennials initiate hostilities in the National City League in a preliminary engagement, starting at 1 o'clock.
The unlimited Palace gridders, strengthened considerably by the acquisition of Malcolm Luebkert, former Gonzaga High star, and several other experienced players, tackle the strong Coast Artillery eleven in the Benning Stadium, starting at 2:30 o'clock.
Two tilts in the National City 135-pound loop rounds out today's schedule. The Centennials play the Georgetown Boys Club on the West Potomac gridiron at 1 o'clock, while the Brookland Boys' Club and Northeast Boys' Club teams come to grips on the same field at 3 o'clock
Today's Sandlot Grid Schedule.
Marion A. C. vs. Maryland A. C. at Duffy Stadium, Seat Pleasant, Md.
Palace A. C. vs. Coast Artillers at Benning Stadium, Thirty-fourth street and Benning road northeast.
National City 150-Pound League
Centennials vs. Georgetown Boys Club on West Potomac at 1 o'clock.
Brookland Boys Club vs. Northeast Boys Club at 3 o'clock.
October 14, 1935 (copy)
Marions Lose 30-0 Contest to Md. A.C.
Seat Pleasant Team Tallies in Every Quarter.
With Willis Benner and Dick Nelson each chalking up a brace of touchdowns, the Maryland A. C. swamped the Marions by a score of 30-to-0 yesterday at Duffy Stadium in Seat Pleasant. Last year's District champions were able to tally in every period, getting 13 first downs to their opponents' 1.
Both of Nelson's markers were made off tackle, first for 7 yards and second for 3. Benner went through tackle to score from the 11-yard stripe and then ripped off an 18-yard end run for another. Taking a pass from Benner, Frank Cumberland accounted for the other touchdown with a 25-yard run.
|Md. A. C.||Position||Marions|
|Wray . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||Fenely|
|Sands . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||Lanahan|
|Goldman. . . . . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||Mothershead|
|Hawkins. . . . . . . . . . . .||Center||. . . . .||Schorb|
|Hearn . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||O'Brien|
|Howard. . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||LaPorte|
|Forney . . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||Wells|
|Benner . . . . . . . . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||Huff|
|Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||Hughes|
|Mangum . . . . . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||Madden|
|Cumberland . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||Peipon|
Marions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Touchdowns -- Benner (2), Nelson (2), Cumberland. Point after touchdown -- Benner (place kick), Safety -- Sands (blocked punt)
October 21, 1935 (copy)
Maryland A. C. Victor Over Palace
Led by Willis Benner, undoubtedly one of the outstanding performers in local semipro football ranks today, the Maryland A. C. defeated the Palace A. C. gridders, 13 to 6, yesterday before a crowd of 1,500 at Duffy Stadium.
The Maryland eleven, composed in the main of former University of Maryland players, faces its big test of the season Wednesday night in its battle at Griffith Stadium with the Richmond Arrows from Richmond, Va.
The final score of yesterday's fray fails to reveal the decided superiority of the collegians over the Southwest boys, but it does serve for a gauge of the fighting spirit of the Palace team, which staved off two other apparent scores with inspired goal-line stands in the third and fourth periods.
Johnny Scanlon scored Palace's lone touchdown when he intercepted an alien pass in his own end zone and raced 103 yards down the sidelines with the entire Maryland team in pursuit.
With a flashy repertoire of reverses, spinner plays and shovel passes, the Maryland team displayed a deceptive, hard-running attack that amassed a total of 18 first downs to two for its opponents. Both of Palace's first downs were the result of passes.
The Seat Pleasant team scored early in the fray on a neat toss from Dick Nelson to Benner that culminated an uninterrupted drive from midfield. Another aerial heave midway the second period, from the 25-yard line, this time from Frank Cumberland to Benner, boosted the score to 12-0. Benner converted the extra point on a placement kick.
|Wray . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||Merryman|
|Hern . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||A. Reudi|
|Hawkins. . . . . . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||Vernon|
|Webb. . . . . . . . . . . .||Center||. . . . .||Pell|
|Goldman . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||Schwarzman|
|Sands. . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||J. Reudi|
|Benner . . . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||E. Scanlon|
|Cumberland . . . . . . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||M. Scanlon|
|Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||J. Scanlon|
|Sothoron . . . . . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||Alenir|
|Poppleman . . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||Luekert|
Palace A. C. . . . . . . . . . .0 0 0 6 -- 6
Touchdowns -- Benner (2), J. Scanlon. Point after touchdown -- Benner (placement). Substitutions -- (Maryland) Forney, Fitzgerald, Brown, Hay, (Palace) Hawthorn, Hudson, Jultano, Webb, Sullivan, Burley. Referee -- Sweeney. Umpire -- Mitchell. Head linesman -- Hengster. Time of quarters -- 15 minutes.
October 28, 1935 (copy)
Maryland A.C. Wins On Late Field Goal
By the Associated Pres
Norfolk, Va. Oct. 27.
In the waning moments of a bitterly fought battle staged at Bain Field today, Willies [sic] Benner, former University of Maryland star and regular right end for the Maryland A. C., booted a 20-yard place kick to give the Washington eleven a 3-to-2 [error; actually 3-0 -- see below] victory over the Norfolk Clancy A. C. The loss sustained today by the Irish was the first setback suffered by the Clancy team this year.
With exception of the last-minute filed goal and the Washington team's two touchdown threats, the two elevens fought between the 20-yard lines with a spectacular kicking duel engaged in by Cumberland for Maryland and Andy Zeher for Clancy.
The Maryland A. C. will meet the Richmond Arrows in Griffith Stadium, Washington, at 8:30 p. m. Wednesday.
Note: Pro Football Archives lists the game with a score of 3-0, and the score is included in my table above as 3-0 not 3-2. Although the newspaper article specifically states 3-2, it is certain this is a (typographical?) mistake -- the 11/28 newspaper article below states that "Maryland defeated the Virginians, 3-0, on a field goal by Willis Benner late in their first game", and again on 12/2 below -- obviously this game. Also, there is no mention of any safety in this write-up of this game (the only possibility for the Clancy team to score two points), and the 11/24 newspaper article below mentions MAC's 146-6 point season to date -- and these are the six points the Palace AC scored against them on 10/20.
October 30, 1935 (copy - includes picture of Norwood Sothoron)
Maryland A. C. Bolstered for Arrow Tilt.
Augusterfer Joins Eleven for Griffith Stadium Game Tonight.
Bolstered by the addition of Gene Augusterfer, former Catholic University star and later with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Maryland Athletic Club will meet the Richmond Arrows tonight at Griffith Stadium. The kick-off is scheduled for 8:30 o'clock.
Regarded as an outstanding semi-pro team in the South Atlantic sector, the Arrows are being challenged by one of the most potent elevens ever whipped together in District sandlot history. "South" Sothoron, all-Southern quarterback last year; Willis Benner, Tom Webb, Bill Andorka, Al Farrell, Dick Nelson, all former Maryland stars; Frank Cumberland, Western Maryland; Tom Oliver, Catholic U., and Ozie Wray, George Washington, are included in the galaxy of former collegiate talent that will be hurled at the invaders.
Richmond, too, boasts a strong array of former college men, including Berger, regular fullback at Virginia last season. The team has yet to be scored on this season.
Both clubs are undefeated. Maryland added the Norfolk Clanceys to its list last Sunday when Benner booted a field goal, giving his mates 3-to-0 victory. Earlier in the season the combatants battled to a scoreless tie at Richmond, and another hard-fought game is anticipated tonight.
|Maryland A. C.||Position||Arrows|
|Wray (35) . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||Essex (24)|
|Howell (33) . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||Douglass (22)|
|Hern (93). . . . . . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||Hone (34)|
|Webb (31) . . . . . . . . . . . .||Center||. . . . .||Reiss (38)|
|Goldman (73) . . . . . . . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||Pratali (35)|
|Sands (91) . . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||Patton (23)|
|Benner (93) . . . . . . . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||Lankford (30)|
|Sothoron (63) . . . . . . . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||Myers (32)|
|Nelson (94). . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||Schultz (39)|
|Augusterfer (95) . . . . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||DeLotto (28)|
|Oliver (92) . . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||Berger (30)|
Note: particularly the jersey numbers, but also the names, are hard to read on the newspaper copy and may contain errors.
November 1, 1935 (copy)
Maryland A. C. Plays Corsairs Wednesday
Victorious over the Richmond Arrows, 7-0 last Wednesday night, the Maryland Athletic Club will attempt to remove another obstacle barring its path to the South Atlantic semipro championship next Wednesday at Griffith Stadium where it meets the Fredericksburg Corsairs.
Led by Johnny Fenlon, one of George Washington's most brilliant stars a few years back, the Corsairs boast a collection of former collegiate talent that will assure Maryland of 60 minutes of hard football. Maryland is undefeated this season, but Fredericksburg seems to pack enough punch to hand Benner and company its first setback.
Admission will be 75 cents.
November 7, 1935 (copy)
Benner Leads Md. A. C. to 27-0 Win
Fredericksburg's Eleven Bows; Andorka Aids as 2,000 Watch.
With "Wild Willis" Benner leading the attack, the Maryland Athletic Club last night handed Fredericksburg's Corsairs a 27-0 whipping before 2,000 fans at Griffith Stadium.
Bill Andorka, former University of Maryland center who was declared ineligible about three weeks ago shared the spotlight with Benner, also a Maryland alumnus, intercepting two passes that paved the way for touchdowns.
Benner scored twice in the first period and made the first of two touchdowns in the final quarter. The second was credited to Frank Cumberland, but Andorka had a big hand in making it. He intercepted a Fredericksburg pass on his own 20-yard line and ran it back to midfield where he tossed a lateral to Cumberland, who lugged the ball 50 additional yards for the score.
It was the seventh consecutive victory for Maryland, which is undefeated.
|Porney . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||Clarke|
|Sands . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||Holhbaugh|
|Goldman. . . . . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||Nielson|
|Andorka . . . . . . . . . . .||Center||. . . . .||Billingsley|
|Webb . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||Aynob|
|Howell . . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||Jenkins|
|Wray . . . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||Chambers|
|Benner . . . . . . . . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||Oebkib|
|Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||Ingalls|
|Cumberland . . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||Parrish|
|Augusterfer . . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||Lowery|
Corsairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Touchdowns -- Benner (3); Cumberland. Points after touchdown -- Benner (3). Substitutions -- (Maryland) Sothoron, Hawkins, Hearn. Referee -- Hengstler Head Linesman -- Farrell
November 10, 1935 (copy)
Philadelphia Pros to Play Md. A. C.
The Frankfort Pros, of Philadelphia, will play Maryland A. C. at 3 p. m. today in Seat Pleasant's Duffy Stadium. Both teams are undefeated and both have played one tie game this season.
Comprising the visitors' backfield are Quarterback McGuire, Pennsylvania Military College; Right Half Nicholson, La Salle; Left Half Fall, St. Joseph's, and Fullback Phil Collins, Villanova. To compete with this talent Maryland will depend upon Willis Benner, Frank Cumberland, Dick Nelson and Gene Augusterfer.
The Maryland A. C. has recently added Hallett at guard and Paul Whitey Roberts, of last year's University of Richmond Frosh. In a preliminary game to the battle of the pros the Maryland Preps will take on American Beer in the 150-pound class of the National City League.
November 11, 1935 (copy)
Maryland A. C. Wins, 42-0, On Passes
Trounces Frankfort Pros of Philadelphia; 80-Yd. Run a Feature.
With a bewildering assortment of forward and lateral passes which brought back memories of the Chicago Bears' brilliant exhibition here a few years ago, the undefeated Maryland A. C. Gridders routed the Frankfort Pros, of Philadelphia, 42 to 0 yesterday before a crowd of 1,500 at Duffy Stadium, Seat Pleasant.
The Frankfort eleven was not the set-up that the final score would indicate but on the other hand presented a fairly strong team with an adequate defense against the Marylanders' rushing attack. The aerial maneuvers of Willis Benner, Dick Nelson and company, however baffled the visitors, who oftentimes had the receiver in their grasps only to have the latter flip a lateral toss to a teammate.
Frank Cumberland provided the biggest thrill of the day in the second period when he took Howell's kick-off on his own 20-year stripe and zigzagged 80 yards for a touchdown. The Boyer boys made good on all their six tries for points after scores. Benner accounted for four, while Cumberland and Fitzgerald emulated their coach and captain with other placements. [this indicates that Benner was coach and captain]
The Maryland team faces its arch rival the Palace A. C. Sunday in a return game at Duffy Stadium.
November 17, 1935 (copy)
Palace Team Foe of Maryland A. C.
Football rivalry at its peak promises to be the order of the day today at Duffy Stadium, Seat Pleasant, as the undefeated Maryland A. C. clashes for the second time this season with the Palace A. C. at 3 p. m. In their last game Palace, although bowing, 13 to 6, registered the only points scored against Maryland in seven games.
Maryland again will count upon the oft-proven prowess of Andorka, Benner, Nelson, Cumberland, Sothoron and Augusterfer, while Palace has recently added to its star-studded roster Snail Delabre at fullback and Popeye Leventhal, who last year was a member of the Maryland outfit.
November 18, 1935 (copy)
Rain. Snow Postpone Palace-Md. A. C. Game
Maryland A. C. and Palace A. C. were licked by the weather man yesterday, and thus will have to wait until Wednesday night at Griffith Stadium to settle the matter of semi-pro football supremacy.
The winner will meet the Norfolk (Va.) Clancys.
November 21, 1935 (copy)
Police Quell Riot as Palace A. C. Loses to Maryland A. C., 21 to 0
A police riot squad was the lion's share of honors last night at Griffith Stadium as the Maryland Athletic Club continued its uninterrupted march through semi-pro ranks with a 21-to-0 victory over the Palace Athletic Club.
One of the bitterest games of the season, the fray ended in a riot that sent Ozie Wray, Maryland end, to the hospital with a badly cut lip that required several stitches. Police were summoned from nearby. No. 2 Precinct and three scout cars and a patrol responded and dispersed the crowd. The game attracted less than 1,000 fans.
Wray exchanged blows with Joe Healy, Palace halfback, who accused the Maryland player of "kneeing" him. Both teams were penalized frequently and heavily for rough tactics, and one was directed at Healy, who officials allege, struck Wray after a scrimmage. The incident interrupted play about a half-minute before time expired.
The riot attained its greatest fury as the teams, and spectators, were leaving the field. Wray and Healy had heated words and followed with a flurry of blows, one of which landed flush on Wray's lip. Two policemen on the scene were unable to control the mob and sporadic fighting broke out around the goal posts. Reserves finally brought the situation under control.
Willis Benner, Maryland quarterback, accounted for all of the winner's points, scoring a touchdown in the first period and two in the last. A passing attack, Dick Nelson to Benner and Wray, aided in the rout.
November 24, 1935 (copy)
Elevens Clash For District Pro Title
With a liberal percentage of the gross receipts to go to the Children's Christmas Fund, the Washington Pros and the undefeated Maryland A. C. gridders will clash at 2:30 p. m. today at Griffith Stadium for the District of Columbia Professional Football title.
Maryland has won seven games and tied one this season. In turning this trick Ralph Boyer's group of former collegiate athletes has scored 146 points to their opponents' 6, this to the Palace A. C. which only this last week was swamped 21 to 0.
Maryland will be depending upon Andorka, Benner, Nelson, Augusterfer and Cumberland to keep its standards flying. But a real battle royal is promised because two of the Washington Pros are former All-Americans -- Leo Raskowski, a big Wisconsin tackle. and Earl Dunlap, of Georgia Tech. The Pros can also point with considerable pride to Johnny Bozek, former Gonzaga high and Georgetown University flash.
Both Maryland and the Washington Pros are expected to display an aerial attack. Quarterback Dunlap being especially proficient in that department as is Willis Benner, the opposing field general, who distinguished himself at Tech high and at the University of Maryland.
|Md. A. C.||Position||Wash. Pros|
|(12) Forney . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||Sullivan (7)|
|(91) Sands . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||Razkowski (5)|
|(73) Goldman. . . . . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||Walcavage (4)|
|(53) Andorka. . . . . . . . . . . .||Center||. . . . .||White (2)|
|(0) Webb (c) . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||Nelson (3) [the (c) seems to indicate Webb was Captain this week]|
|(90) Howell. . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||Holland (c.) (6) [with Holland the Captain for the Wash. Pros]|
|(35) Wray . . . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||Leonard (8)|
|(93) Benner . . . . . . . . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||Dunlap (45)|
|(94) Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||Schwartz (44)|
|(96) Augusterter . . . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||McDonald (43)|
|(71) Cumberland . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||Bomba (42)|
November 25, 1935 (copy)
Maryland A. C. Tops Pros, 9 to 0, for Title
The undefeated Maryland A. C. continued its winning ways by whipping the Washington Pros 9 to 0 in a game for the District Professional Football championship at Griffith Stadium yesterday.
A crowed of some 1,500 braved the chill winds of the ball park to watch the two local aggregations battle bitterly for more than half an hour and finally settle the issue in the third period.
A touchdown, scored on a pass from Dick Nelson to Jim Forney, really decided the argument, although a safety just a few moments before had given the ultimate winners a two-point lead.
The first points were acquired by Maryland when a 55-yard punt by Dick Nelson rolled to the Pros' 4-yard marker. Bomba dropped back to put his team out of danger, but as his foot connected with the ball, Willis Benner broke through the line and inserted his person directly in front of the ball. The ball bounced into the end zone for the safety.
Immediately after the kick-off Nelson flipped the ball 20 yards to Benner, who was dumped on the Pros' 21. Gene Augusterfer shot off tackle to the 14, then Nelson rifled the telling forward pass to Forney, who snared the ovoid on the 6 and dragged himself across the goal line despite the efforts of Earl Dunlap and Don Bomba to deter his progress.
Benner converted from placement for the final score. Opportunity knocked for the Pros in the third as a Benner fumble was recovered by the other side on Maryland's 20, but the Marylanders halted the threat and then punted out of danger.
|Katalinas . . . . . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||Zubris|
|Sands . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||Olszewski|
|Webb. . . . . . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||Walacavage|
|Andorka. . . . . . . . . . . .||Center||. . . . .||White|
|Goldman . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||Nielson|
|Howell. . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||Raskowski|
|Forney . . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||Leonard|
|Benner . . . . . . . . . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||Dunlap|
|Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||Bradley|
|Cumberland . . . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||McDonald|
|Augusterfer . . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||Bomba|
Pros . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Touchdown -- Forney. Point after touchdown -- Benner (placement). Safety -- Benner. Substitutions -- Hearn, Hallett, Hawkins, Roberts, Sotheron, Farrell, Brew, Holland Schwartz, Acri, Bozek. Referee -- Sweeney (D. C. Board). Umpire -- Farrell (D. C. Board). Head linesman -- O. Mitchell (D. C. Board). Time of quarters -- 15 minutes.
November 28, 1935 (copy)
Md. A. C. Plays Return Contest with Clancys
Maryland Athletic Club's undefeated football team will travel to Portsmouth, Va., Sunday for a return engagement with the Clancys of Norfolk. Maryland defeated the Virginians, 3-0, on a field goal by Willis Benner late in their first game, which was played at Norfolk. This defeat was the only one suffered by the Clancys this season.
Unless Manager Ralph Boyer succeeds in arranging a game for December 8, Maryland will close its season a week from Sunday at Richmond, where it is scheduled to play the Arrows. The District team also is the only club to win over the Arrows this year.
Note: there was no reference found in the Washington Post for games on 12/8, 12/22 or 12/29. From this newspaper copy on 11/28 (a Thursday) -- "this Sunday" would be 12/1 when they play the Norfolk Clancy, and a "week from Sunday" would be 12/8 when they were scheduled to play the Richmond Arrow. It is unknown what happened on 12/8, since the Arrow game was played on 12/15. This semi-pro league does not seem to be well-organized. It is noteworthy that the Maryland College yearbooks have a confirmed schedule, over six months in advance, of the following football season, while in this league the games even ten days out are not confirmed.
December 2, 1935 (copy)
Maryland A. C. Is Tied, 0-0, By Clancy
By the Associated Press
Norfolk, Va., December 1.
The Maryland A. C. of Washington, leading semiprofessional football team of the Capital, was held to a 0-0 tie here today by the Clancy A. C. of Norfolk. A crowd of 4,000 watched the battle in which the visitors accumulated but three first downs to the home team five.
The only scoring threat of consequence occurred late in the game when Gene Augusterfer, Maryland A. C. fullback and former Catholic University star, intercepted a Clancy pass on the Norfolk 35-yard line and raced to the 22 before being hauled down. The Washington team was unable to knock off the remaining distance, however, as the Clancy line braced stubbornly and the backfield knocked down the Maryland A. C.'s desperate passes.
9 Passed Out of 16.
The visitors' passing attack, however, was the chief worry facing the Clancymen, who saw 9 tosses on 16 attempts completed against them. The Maryland A. C. broke up six out of 7 of the Norfolk pass attempts.
The game was the second between the teams this season. The Washington team nosed out Clancy 3 to 0 in their first meeting on the field goal by Willis Benner, coach and star end. Benner, Dick Nelson and Augusterfer led the Maryland attack today.
|Allebrook . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||Kalejkinas|
|Miles . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||Webb (C) [the (C) seems to indicate Webb was Captain this week]|
|Walker. . . . . . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||Hearn|
|Tyler. . . . . . . . . . . .||Center||. . . . .||Andorka|
|Danden . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||Howell|
|Brown. . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||Goldman|
|Rayburn . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||Roberts|
|Daughtery . . . . . . . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||Benner|
|Andy Zefter . . . . . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||Sothoron|
|Al Zefter . . . . . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||Nelson|
|Ren . . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||Augusterfer|
Clancy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 0 0 0 -- 0
December 16, 1935 (copy)
Maryland A. C. Beaten, 7-0, by Arrows
By the Associated Press
Richmond, Va., December 15.
Gene Wager's catch of a pass from Jimmy Ward enabled the Richmond Arrows to defeat the Maryland A. C. football team of Washington, 7 to 0, at the stadium here this afternoon before a crowd of about 4,000 fans who braved the raw weather.
The hitherto undefeated Maryland club, the only team to conquer the Arrows this season, was, by coincidence, defeated by the same score by which they won over Arrow in Washington earlier in the season.
Arrow's victory today gives the two teams joint claim to the South Atlantic semipro championship.
Musk Delotto and Perry Schulz, starting from midfield, carried the ball down to Maryland's 19-yard line late in the first period and it was then that West tossed his pass to Wager who caught it over the goal line.
Sam Lankford was called in to kick the point and did it successfully, then retiring from play.
Although Maryland threatened several times in the first half, after Arrow's score, the forward wall of the Arrow team held and forced Maryland to try aerials which were either intercepted or batted down.
|Forney . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||Essex|
|Katalinas . . . . . . . . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||Patten|
|Hawkins. . . . . . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||Hoge|
|Andorka. . . . . . . . . . . .||Center||. . . . .||Bridgers|
|Hern . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||Pratelli|
|Howell. . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||Stewart|
|Mirman . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||Wager|
|Cumberland . . . . . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||West|
|Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||Schulz|
|Benner . . . . . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||Delotta|
|Augusterfer . . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||Berger|
Arrow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 0 0 0 -- 7
Touchdown -- Wager. Point after touchdown -- Langford (placement). Substitutions -- (Maryland) backs, Sothoron, Obver?, Asher?; center Hallett, Webb; end, Wray; guard Goldman. (Arrow) backs, Myers, Robison, Vaughan; end, Lankford; tackle, Griffith; guard Gill. Referee Burdette ???. Umpire Sweeney (Holy Cross). Field judge: Mitchell (Mt. St. Marys). Head linesman: Davis (W. and M.)
December 23, 1935 (copy-Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Arrow Game Is Postponed, Play Sunday
Club to Give Chritmas Mother Check; Snow Halts Contest
A driving snow and bitter winds yesterday forced postponement of the scheduled Arrow-Maryland A. C. Pro football game at the Stadium and the contest will be played next Sunday afternoon.
In order that the Christmas Mother fund, local charity for which this game was to be played, will not lose the benefits from the contest, Arrow officials announced last night that the club would give the fund committee a check for the estimated percentage amount of gate receipts.
Still Charity Game
The game next Sunday will be billed as a charity game, despite Christmas preceeding the game, with the club guaranteeing the fund a check to cover the percentage promised them.
Several hundred fans were in the Stadium yesterday when the contest was called off. A light blanket of snow covered the field, chill winds swept the plane and a steadily increasing fall of flakes made play almost impossible.
Blair Meanley, president of the club, said last night the club would back its promise to aid charity and that the check would be paid the fund organization.
December 29, 1935 (copy-Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Arrows and Maryland Will Meet
Pro Elevens to Try Again At Stadium
Postponement of Sunday's Game Gives Locals a Break
Ingured Men Back
The Richmond Arrows and Maryland Athletic Club will try again today to settle the semipro football championship of the South Atlantic States, as they meet at the Stadium at 2:30 o'clock.
Scheduled to play last Sunday, the heavy snow caused postponement. Richmond's Christmas Mother will receive the same percentage of the gate originally promised to Jimmy Jones, sports editor of The Times-Dispatch, who arranged the game, from today's tilt.
Manager Bill Cherry of the Stadium had a staff of workers scraping snow from the field Friday and the sun of yesterday has dried the gridiron enough to make it fast for today's game if further snow or rain, promised by the weather man, fails to materialize.
The postponement of last Sunday's game gives Arrow a bit of a break. Jimmy West and Lewis Reiss, injured in previous games, will probably be able to play full time if necessary. Neither of these men would have been able to play last Sunday.
The series between the two elevens...
December 30, 1935 (copy-Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Arrows Halted Again by Snow
For the second straight Sunday, Dave Miller's Arrow A. C. and the Maryland A. C. were "snowed out" of their game at the City Stadium yesterday.
The Arrow management announced last night that holders of tickets for the game could get their money back if they called at Jacobs and Levy's anytime this week. The two clubs may play Sunday at the Stadium if the weather permits.
January 6, 1936 (copy)
Maryland A. C. Defeats Pros by 13 to 7
3,500 See Elevens Battle for District Crown in Richmond.
By the Associated Press.
Richmond, Va.; Jan. 5. -- A neatly intercepted fourth quarter lateral pass, followed by a touchdown by Frank Cumberland, gave the Maryland A. C. a 13-to-7 victory over the Washington Pros at the stadium here this afternoon before 3,500 fans.
The two clubs, unable to find a field in Washington because of the closing of Griffith Stadium, moved their second game here and the Maryland victory gave them undisputed possession of the District of Columbia title.
Lester Cozine, scored for Maryland in the second quarter, and Joe Zubiris, on a pass from Earl Dunlap, tied the score.
|Wray . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.E.||. . . . .||Zubiris|
|Katalinas . . . . . . . . . . .||L.T.||. . . . .||Demming|
|Hearn. . . . . . . . . . . .||L.G.||. . . . .||Walacavage|
|J. Asher. . . . . . . . . . . .||Center||. . . . .||Rothjen|
|Hawkins . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.G.||. . . . .||Cohan|
|Howell. . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.T.||. . . . .||Raskowski|
|Mirman . . . . . . . . . . . .||R.E.||. . . . .||Lewis|
|Cumberland . . . . . . . . .||Q.B.||. . . . .||Dunlap|
|Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . .||L.H.||. . . . .||Barry|
|Benner . . . . . . . . . .||R.H.||. . . . .||Schwartz|
|Cozine . . . . . . . . .||F.B.||. . . . .||Bomba|
Pros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 0 7 0 -- 7
Touchdowns -- (Maryland) Cumberland, Cozine. (Pros) Subiris. Points after touchdown -- Benner (placement), Demming (placement). Substitutions -- (Maryland) Guard, P. Asher; back, Spack; (Pros) back, McDonald; guard, Hovanne; tackles, Carrell, Tellon. Referee -- Burdette (Notre Dame), Umpire -- Davis (W. and M.). Head linesman -- Atkins (H. S.).
Note: the Richmond Arrows and the Baltimore Irvingtons were Professional teams, not semi-pro teams, but were not in the NFL. Washington Pros too?
Note: The clippings that are displayed as pictures on this page are scanned from Don's personal album; the other articles (the linked ones) were retrieved from ProQuest's online newspaper subscription or the Washington Post's online archive search or the Baltimore Sun's online archive search or from microfilm. The three 1935 Richmond Times'Dispatch articles were so kindly mailed to me, from microfilm copies, as these newspapers are not available online. Some minor typos were corrected in the various copies. I am certain that more articles could be found and added; even computerized searching is difficult as "Maryland" and "football" yield many unwanted articles, and for some reason (perhaps the word-recognition software), the Washington Post archive search does not find known articles (e.g., the 12/3/1934 article can not be found through the search, even though the article is found on microfilm, even trying several phrases from the article). Don Hay's name was bolded for my purposes only, for ease in finding his name, and was not bolded in the original articles.
In these days, the conversion attempts after touchdowns were often running plays, unlike the de facto kicking conversions in the 1950s-present. Also, football was dominated by running plays instead of passing plays, and many more lateral passes. It is fascinating to see multiple ball-kickers and multiple quarterbacks in each game -- the players were much more flexible in their position assignments.
It is interesting that from 1937-1960, the Redskins played at Griffith Stadium -- the same stadium in which the Maryland A. C. played several semi-pro games in 1935, and where Don remembered being at a football game on Pearl Harbor Day (12/7/1941). In 1961-1996 the Redskins played at RFK Stadium (aka, D.C. Stadium in 1961-1968). As Don is on the 10/30 roster (but not found on the rosters for 11/6, 11/20 or 11/24), he did in fact play in the stadium the Redskins would start playing in in 1937.
• I got in touch with Norwood Sothoron's son in 2010. He enjoyed having the information on his father, as he had not had much information on his semi-pro days, but had no particular stories/memories to add.Donna, Thank you so much for the information about my father. I am sorry that I have not responded sooner. You have done a great job in your research. The facts that I know are that My father, Norwood, played freshman football in 1930, Varsity in 31' & 32' ; did not play in 33' (don't know the reason, maybe an injury) and played also in 34'. He played semi pro in 35' I think. I will print these pictures and post them in our home. If you have any other info or pictures, please let me know. My father also lettered in basketball and lacrosse; he was a first team All American in lacrosse in 34' & 35', and an Honorable Mention All American in football.This is exciting to see this info on our fathers; I wish they had videos of when they played.Thanks Again, John
• "Snail" Delabrer's grandson contacted me in 2011, and identified him in the picture above. Donna, You don't know me but I want to thank you for the great website "Don Hay's Football Days". I am the grandson of "Snail" Delabrer, mentioned several times in the articles playing for Maryland AC. I have an old photo of him with the 1931 Mohawks in Griffin stadium. I loved reading the articles and was wondering if you had any suggestions for me to research him.Thank You, John Delabrer
• Willis Benner's grandson contacted me in 2013. I am a grandson of Willis Benner and recently ran across your research and articles about their storied football careers. Thank you so much for the information. Rick Benner
• Frank Cumberland's daughter contacted me in 2015 and identified him in the Maryland AC picture above and in the Central High School picture. Thank you ever so much for so much information about the teams and positions played by my Dad, Frank Cumberland. It was gratifying to 'meet' his team and read the accounts of their games. I greatly appreciate all your research. Ironically I've been doing genealogy on the Cumberland side and this enriches my Dad's story. As kids growing up we learned about and loved football while watching games with our Dad. Games were in black and white and, it seems, the Redskins lost a lot! From the Pro Archive link you included, a real gem, I found that my Dad went on to play with the Washington Presidents. He was on the roster until 1938. Around that time I think you mentioned that the Washington Redskins arrived on the scene. He did tell me a story, almost wistfully, that during a particular game scouts were in the stands. He muffed a play and believed that it cost him a football career. Thanks again, Mary Cumberland (Frank Cumberland went to Western Maryland College -- now McDaniel College -- but went to high school with Don at Central High School in Washington, D.C.)
• Obituaries for Goldman, Hay, Webb.
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