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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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“What Does Walter Think?”

“What Does Walter Think?”

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Walter Camp and the Creation of American Football

Roger R. Tamte

University of Illinois Press

Over a two- or three-year period, sports equipment manufacturer and retailer A. G. Spalding & Bros. replaces Wright and Ditson as publisher of American football’s rules and in 1891 begins a new publication called Spalding’s Official Football Guide, with Camp as editor and writer. Though possibly wanting to stay above the fray, Camp becomes embroiled in a conflict over the eligibility of graduate players, especially at Pennsylvania, which uses a high percentage of graduate school players. With Penn’s increasing success, students and alumni from Yale and other schools in 1892 and 1893 press the Intercollegiate Football Association to ban graduate school players. As president of the IFA, Yale’s captain, McCormick, leads passage of such a ban. Camp supports McCormick’s action but also suggests a one-year-residency requirement as another way to limit transfer of students just to play football. Pennsylvania and Wesleyan resign from the IFA in November 1893, leaving only Princeton and Yale as members.

Keywords:   Intercollegiate Football Association, eligibility, graduate school players, ban, one-year residency, Pennsylvania, Wesleyan, resign

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