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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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“Having Waited in Vain”

“Having Waited in Vain”

18 “Having Waited in Vain”
Walter Camp and the Creation of American Football

Roger R. Tamte

University of Illinois Press

Camp is employed in 1884 by the New Haven Clock Company (NHCC) and begins work that fall in the company’s New York City store. In 1885 Harvard’s faculty athletic committee bans football at Harvard as too brutal. Continuing to be involved in football and its management and promotion, Camp responds to the Harvard ban in the Yale News, contending that the Harvard faculty committee members have not sufficiently informed themselves about the game to make sound decisions. He gives an impassioned description of players’ love for football. Harvard resigns from, and Pennsylvania and Wesleyan join, the Intercollegiate Football Association. Later in the year, the Harvard athletic committee is reconstituted to include two students, a graduate interested in sports, a physician, and only one faculty member. The reconstituted committee reinstates football after a year’s absence, but Harvard remains out of the IFA.

Keywords:   New Haven Clock Company, New York City, continued football involvement, Harvard, football ban, brutal, Camp responds, faculty not sufficiently informed, Intercollegiate Football Association, membership changes

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