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Walter Camp and the Creation of American Football$
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Roger R. Tamte

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041617

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041617.001.0001

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Beginnings, Known and Unknown

Beginnings, Known and Unknown

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1 Beginnings, Known and Unknown
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Walter Camp and the Creation of American Football
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Roger R. Tamte

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041617.003.0001

American football grew most directly from a November 1875 rugby-based game between Harvard and Yale. A central organization for rugby (the Rugby Football Union) had been established in London four years earlier, in 1871, and had promulgated rules. Having learned rugby from Canada’s McGill College, Harvard in 1875 would play only a rugby-based game, and after some compromising Yale agreed to play. By the end of the game, Yale and its supporters had been converted from their previous preference for soccer to a preference for rugby.

Keywords:   Soccer, Rugby, Rugby Football Union, Harvard, Yale, McGill, November 1875, rugby preference

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