Drexel
UR 7.2: Football records
1920-1994 (bulk 1950-1973)
1.67 Cubic feet 
Football records

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Table of Contents Abstract
The football team had its unofficial beginning at the Drexel Institute in 1892 as a student-organized sport and was discontinued by Drexel's Board of Trustees in 1973. Records consist of game programs, newspaper clippings, administrative files, rosters, score sheets, and press material. The bulk is from 1950 to 1973; materials prior to 1950 consists mainly of game programs. Administrative files include a brief history of the football program up to the 1930s.
Administrative History
The first football team at Drexel was formed in the fall of 1892 by a group of students. Like all athletic teams affiliated with Drexel during the early years, the football team was not officially sanctioned by the school. They competed against other local colleges and club teams. In 1895, after several years of competing by either accepting challenges from or issuing challenges to other schools and clubs, the team played its first ever scheduled season. Records indicate that most games took place in Fairmount Park, and the official history of the school claims that the Drexel football team had a good reputation among city clubs, enjoying a number of winning seasons.

In 1907, interscholastic sports were sanctioned by the school for the first time, but in 1909 the school discontinued football for lack of a proper playing field. Student interest had also waned in the early 1900s. In 1911, Anthony J. Drexel’s estate in Runnymede, Delaware County, was used as athletic grounds with a field laid out for football. The early 1910s witnessed the rebirth of the student-driven football program.

Prior to 1914, the administration’s position on athletic teams was "inconsistent, impecunious and loosely directed." The onus for organizing, funding, and scheduling for teams fell on the students. In 1914, Drexel President Hollis Godfrey did "athletics a great service" by encouraging competition with only fellow college teams, eliminating competition from loosely affiliated "club teams." He established student athletic fees that would be used to pay for professional coaching staff and declared school holidays that would be spent at Runnymede with the hope of inspiring an increased interest in sports.

In 1920, W.J. McAvoy was appointed coach of major sports, including football, making him the first paid, full-time football coach. The ensuing years for Drexel football were rather gloomy. The difficulty of recruiting players from a pool of academically dedicated engineering students made the task of fielding a good team difficult. In 1924, Drexel began a pre-season training camp at A.J. Drexel Paul’s estate in Wayne, PA. In 1927, Drexel hired W.H. Halas as the full-time coach in charge of coaching football, basketball, and baseball. Halas was a pupil of University of Illinois coach R.C. Zuppke and had been a backfield coach under Knute Rockne and George Gipp at Notre Dame. His younger brother was the Hall of Fame coach and founder of the Chicago Bears George Halas. In Halas’s second year as coach in 1928, the team won eight out of nine games. In 1930, A.J. Drexel Paul made his estate available for pre-season training quarters. With increased enrollment, funding, and interest in the sport, the team remained successful into the 1930s. In 1937, they won the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship by defeating Franklin and Marshall.

The 1940s brought a downturn at Drexel with a wartime enrollment drop and a significant decrease in revenue. Wartime brought about a suspension of the sport in 1943. The football team, like Drexel as a whole, emerged successfully out of the difficult days of the war. During the postwar years, Drexel witnessed a significant increase in football attendance. In 1955 the team completed its first and only undefeated season.

Since 1925, attendance for games had averaged anywhere from two thousand to five thousand people. In 1967, the number had dipped below two thousand for the first time since the war. By 1971 the disproportionate amount of funding necessary to field a football team became an issue with the administration and the board of trustees. In 1973, after the team completed a 4-4 season, the board issued a statement that read, in part: "In view of the recommendations of the Faculty Student Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics…we reluctantly move to discontinue football at the end of the 1973 season and to redistribute the present funds among the other intercollegiate sports and intramural programs."


Scope and content note
The bulk of the material dates from 1951 to 1973, the final year football was played at Drexel. The most complete series of material is the collection of game programs, rosters, and press material from the 1960s and 1970s. The only materials dated prior to 1950 are game programs from the 1930s and 1940s.

Administrative information
Restrictions
Restrictions on use:
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Restrictions on access:
The collection is open for research use.

Provenance
Artificial collection created from the records of the Drexel University Dept. of Athletics.

Preferred citation
Football Records, Drexel University Archives.

Additional information
Bibliography
McDonald, Edward, and Edward M. Hinton, Drexel Institute of Technology, 1891-1941: A Memorial History. Philadelphia: Drexel Institute of Technology, 1941.

"Football at Drexel [circa 1936]." Football Records, Drexel University Archives

Newspaper clippings, Football Records, Drexel University Archives


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  • College sports
  • Drexel University -- Football
  • Drexel University -- History
  • Contributors
  • Drexel University--Dept. of Athletics
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  • Clippings
  • Photographs
  • Press kits
  • Programs
  • Rosters


  • Detailed inventory

    Series I.  Administrative files 1920-1973 15.0 folders



    Series description: Newspaper and magazine articles, press releases, attendance statistics, correspondence, and other documents related to football at Drexel.



     Administrative files / Ad Hoc Committee on Athletics, story for the fall edition of Drexel Alumni Magazine [1967]
    Box 1: Folder 1


     20050110003 1967


     Administrative files / Article for Coach and Athlete, by H.R. Taylor, March 1967 March 1967
    Box 1: Folder 2


     Administrative files / Attendance statistics 1925-1973
    Box 1: Folder 3


     Administrative files / Correspondence, death of player 1961
    Box 1: Folder 4


     Administrative files / Correspondence 1966
    Box 1: Folder 5


     Administrative files / Football at Drexel [circa 1936?]
    Box 1: Folder 6


     Administrative files / Homecoming and Dedication of Athletic Facility 1963
    Box 1: Folder 7


     Administrative files / List of football captains 1920-1949
    Box 1: Folder 8


     Administrative files / Questionnaire, Sports Illustrated College Football Preview 1966
    Box 1: Folder 9


     Administrative files / Press Release, decision to drop football program 1973
    Box 1: Folder 10


     20050110001 1973


     Administrative files / Profiles of Drexel Institute [undated]
    Box 1: Folder 11


     Administrative files / Profile of Drexel University 1970-1971
    Box 1: Folder 12


     Administrative files / Ticket, Drexel vs. Lafayette 1968
    Box 1: Folder 13


     Administrative files / Summary of Drexel sports 1971-1972
    Box 1: Folder 14


     Administrative files / Ticket Information 1971
    Box 1: Folder 15


     Correspondence re: the decision to drop football program 1973 1.0 folders

    Box 1: Folder 15


     20050110004_001 November 21, 1973


     2005011005 November 21, 1973


     Correspondence, football camp 1948 1.0 folders

    Box 1: Folder 15


    Series II.  Rosters and score sheets 1952-1970 19.0 folders



    Series description: Rosters have list of players with hometown, position, height, weight, class, etc. Score sheets contain information from individual games and include a scoring summary and individual statistics.



     Rosters and score sheets / Roster 1966
    Box 1: Folder 16


     Rosters and score sheets / Roster 1967
    Box 1: Folder 17


     Rosters and score sheets / Roster, Freshman Team 1968
    Box 1: Folder 18


     Rosters and score sheets / Roster 1968
    Box 1: Folder 19


     Rosters and score sheets / Roster 1969
    Box 1: Folder 20


     Rosters and score sheets / Roster 1970
    Box 1: Folder 21


     20050110002 1970


     Rosters and score sheets / Score sheets Sept. 1968
    Box 1: Folder 22


     Rosters and score sheets / Score sheets Oct. 1968
    Box 1: Folder 23


     Rosters and score sheets / Score sheets Nov. 1968
    Box 1: Folder 24


     Rosters and score sheets / Score sheets Sept. 1969
    Box 1: Folder 25


     Rosters and score sheets / Score sheets Oct. 1969
    Box 1: Folder 26


     Rosters and score sheets / Score sheets Nov. 1969
    Box 1: Folder 27


     Rosters and score sheets / Score sheets Sept. 1970
    Box 1: Folder 28


     Rosters and score sheets / Score sheets Oct. 1970
    Box 1: Folder 29


     Rosters and score sheets / Score sheets Nov. 1970
    Box 1: Folder 30


     Rosters and score sheets / Score sheets, vs. Pennsylvania Military College [undated]
    Box 1: Folder 31


     Rosters and score sheets / Score sheets, vs. Gettysburg [undated]
    Box 1: Folder 32


     Rosters and score sheets / Score sheets, vs. Albright [undated]
    Box 1: Folder 33


     Rosters and score sheets / Cumulative football statistics 1952-1957
    Box 1

    Series III.  Game programs 1931-1970 89.0 folders



    Series description: Programs sold and distributed at Drexel football games. Includes articles about athletics and academics at Drexel along with detailed descriptions of the football team and their opponents. Folder listing includes the year and the name of the opponent. Listings without a title were the generic programs that were produced from the 1950s to the 1970s. The programs are listed in chronological order.



     Game programs / Drexel Football News, vs. West Chester Teachers College 1931
    Box 2: Folder 1


     Game programs / Drexel Football News, vs. College City of News York 1931
    Box 2: Folder 2


     Game programs / Drexel Football News, vs. Juniata College 1932
    Box 2: Folder 3


     Game programs / Drexel Athletic News, vs. West Chester 1933
    Box 2: Folder 4


     Game programs / Drexel Athletic News, vs. Ursinus College 1933
    Box 2: Folder 5


     Game programs / Drexel Athletic News, vs. West Chester State 1934
    Box 2: Folder 6


     Game programs / Drexel Athletic News, vs. Lebanon Valley 1934
    Box 2: Folder 7


     Game programs / Drexel Athletic News, vs. Susquehanna College 1934
    Box 2: Folder 8


     Game programs / Drexel Athletic News, vs. St. John’s College 1936
    Box 2: Folder 9


     Game programs / Drexel Athletic News, vs. Lebanon Valley College 1936
    Box 2: Folder 10


     Game programs / Drexel Athletic News, vs. College City of New York 1936
    Box 2: Folder 11


     Game programs / Drexel Athletic News, vs. Swarthmore 1936
    Box 2: Folder 12


     Game programs / Drexel Tech Athletic News, vs. Gettysburg 1938
    Box 2: Folder 13


     Game programs / Drexel Tech Athletic News, vs. Gettysburg 1940
    Box 2: Folder 14


     Game programs / Drexel Tech Athletic News, vs. Susquehanna 1941
    Box 2: Folder 15


     Game programs / vs. Gettysburg 1948
    Box 2: Folder 16


     Game programs / vs. Dickinson 1948
    Box 2: Folder 17


     Game programs / vs. Haverford 1948
    Box 2: Folder 18


     Game programs / vs. Johns Hopkins 1948
    Box 2: Folder 19


     Game programs / vs. Swarthmore 1949
    Box 2: Folder 20


     Game programs / vs. Washington College 1949
    Box 2: Folder 21


     Game programs / vs. Pennsylvania Military College 1949
    Box 2: Folder 22


     Game programs / vs. Ursinus 1949
    Box 2: Folder 23


     Game programs / vs. West Chester 1950
    Box 2: Folder 24


     Game programs / vs. Western Maryland 1950
    Box 2: Folder 25


     Game programs / vs. Gettysburg 1950
    Box 2: Folder 26


     Game programs / vs. Pennsylvania Military College 1950
    Box 2: Folder 27


     Game programs / vs. Dickinson 1951
    Box 2: Folder 28


     Game programs / vs. Ursinus 1951
    Box 2: Folder 29


     Game programs / vs. Pennsylvania Military College 1951
    Box 2: Folder 30


     Game programs / vs. Western Maryland 1951
    Box 2: Folder 31


     Game programs / vs. Swarthmore 1951
    Box 2: Folder 32


     Game programs / vs. West Chester 1951
    Box 2: Folder 33


     Game programs / vs. Delaware Valley 1963
    Box 2: Folder 34


     Game programs / vs. King’s College 1963
    Box 2: Folder 35


     Game programs / vs. Lycoming 1963
    Box 2: Folder 36


     Game programs / vs. Pennsylvania Military College 1963
    Box 2: Folder 37


     Game programs / vs. Pennsylvania Military College 1964
    Box 2: Folder 38


     Game programs / vs. Dickinson 1964
    Box 2: Folder 39


     Game programs / vs. Western Maryland 1964
    Box 2: Folder 40


     Game programs / vs. King’s Point 1964
    Box 2: Folder 41


     Game programs / vs. Delaware Valley 1964
    Box 2: Folder 42


     Game programs / vs. Wagner 1964
    Box 2: Folder 43


     Game programs / vs. Albright 1965
    Box 2: Folder 44


     Game programs / vs. Western Maryland 1965
    Box 2: Folder 45


     Game programs / vs. Upsala 1965
    Box 2: Folder 46


     Game programs / vs. King’s Point 1965
    Box 2: Folder 47


     Game programs / vs. Delaware Valley 1965
    Box 2: Folder 48


     Game programs / vs. Wagner 1965
    Box 2: Folder 49


     Game programs / vs. Western Maryland 1966
    Box 3: Folder 1


     Game programs / vs. Pennsylvania Military College 1966
    Box 3: Folder 2


     Game programs / vs. Wilkes 1966
    Box 3: Folder 3


     Game programs / vs. Albright 1966
    Box 3: Folder 4


     Game programs / vs. Lebanon Valley 1966
    Box 3: Folder 5


     Game programs / vs. Lebanon Valley 1966
    Box 3: Folder 6


     Game programs / vs. Glassboro State College 1966
    Box 3: Folder 7


     Game programs / vs. Wilkes 1967
    Box 3: Folder 8


     Game programs / vs. Upsala 1967
    Box 3: Folder 9


     Game programs / vs. Gettysburg 1967
    Box 3: Folder 10


     Game programs / vs. Pennsylvania Military College 1967
    Box 3: Folder 11


     Game programs / vs. Albright 1967
    Box 3: Folder 12


     Game programs / vs. Rensselaer 1967
    Box 3: Folder 13


     Game programs / vs. Western Maryland 1967
    Box 3: Folder 14


     Game programs / vs. Tufts 1968
    Box 3: Folder 15


     Game programs / vs. Lafayette 1968
    Box 3: Folder 16


     Game programs / vs. Rensselaer 1968
    Box 3: Folder 17


     Game programs / vs. Lehigh 1968
    Box 3: Folder 18


     Game programs / vs. Juniata 1968
    Box 3: Folder 19


     Game programs / vs. Western Maryland 1968
    Box 3: Folder 20


     Game programs / vs. Pennsylvania Military College 1968
    Box 3: Folder 21


     Game programs / vs. Albright 1968
    Box 3: Folder 22


     Game programs / vs. Delaware Valley 1969
    Box 3: Folder 23


     Game programs / vs. Tufts 1969
    Box 3: Folder 24


     Game programs / vs. Gettysburg 1969
    Box 3: Folder 25


     Game programs / vs. Southern Connecticut 1969
    Box 3: Folder 26


     Game programs / vs. King’s Point 1969
    Box 3: Folder 27


     Game programs / vs. Lafayette 1969
    Box 3: Folder 28


     Game programs / vs. Pennsylvania Military College 1969
    Box 3: Folder 29


     Game programs / vs. Albright 1969
    Box 3: Folder 30


     Game programs / vs. Albright 1970
    Box 3: Folder 31


     Game programs / vs. Pennsylvania Military College 1970
    Box 3: Folder 32


     Game programs / vs. Gettysburg 1970
    Box 3: Folder 33


     Game programs / vs. Hampden-Sydney 1970
    Box 4: Folder 1


     Game programs / vs. King’s Point 1970
    Box 4: Folder 2


     Game programs / vs. Lehigh 1970
    Box 4: Folder 3


     Game programs / vs. Upsala 1970
    Box 4: Folder 4


     Game programs / vs. Lafayette 1970
    Box 4: Folder 5


     Game programs / vs. Fordham 1970
    Box 4: Folder 6


     Game programs / vs. U.S. Coast Guard 1970
    Box 4: Folder 7


    Series IV.  Newspaper clippings 1951-1994 36.0 folders



    Series description: Programs sold and distributed at Drexel football games. Includes articles about athletics and academics at Drexel along with detailed descriptions of the football team and their opponents. The programs are listed in chronological order.



     Newspaper clippings 1951
    Box 4: Folder 8


     Newspaper clippings Aug.-Sept. 1953
    Box 4: Folder 9


     Newspaper clippings Oct. 1953
    Box 4: Folder 10-11


     Newspaper clippings Nov.-Dec. 1953
    Box 4: Folder 12


     Newspaper clippings 1954-1955
    Box 4: Folder 12a-12b


     Newspaper clippings 1955
    Box 4: Folder 13-14


     Newspaper clippings Sept. 1955
    Box 4: Folder 15


     Newspaper clippings Oct. 1955
    Box 4: Folder 16-21


     Newspaper clippings Nov. 1955
    Box 4: Folder 22-29


     Newspaper clippings Dec. 1955
    Box 4: Folder 30


     Newspaper clippings Dec. 1955-Jan. 1956
    Box 4: Folder 31


     Newspaper clippings / Triangle Sports Special 20425
    Box 4: Folder 32


     Newspaper clippings 1968
    Box 4: Folder 33-35


     Newspaper clippings / February-April 1968
    Box 4: Folder 36


     Newspaper clippings / Jan.-May 1970
    Box 4: Folder 37


     Newspaper clippings / Decision to drop the football program 1973
    Box 4: Folder 38


     Newspaper clippings 1973
    Box 4: Folder 39


     Newspaper clippings 1974
    Box 4: Folder 40


     Newspaper clippings / Ed Shubert 1975
    Box 4: Folder 40A


     Newspaper clippings 1994
    Box 4: Folder 41


    Series V.  Press material 1953-1970 13.0 folders



    Series description: Brochures, booklets, and guides distributed to the press and publicity directors that include previews of the upcoming football season, records, statistics, and player/coach profiles. All materials originated from Drexel football except where indicated. Arranged chronologically.



     Press material 1953
    Box 5: Folder 1


     Press material 1955
    Box 5: Folder 2


     Press material 1956
    Box 5: Folder 3


     Press material 1963
    Box 5: Folder 4


     Press material 1964
    Box 5: Folder 5


     Press material 1965
    Box 5: Folder 6


     Press material 1966
    Box 5: Folder 7


     Press material 1968
    Box 5: Folder 8


     Press material 1969
    Box 5: Folder 9


     Press material 1971
    Box 5: Folder 10


     Press material 1972
    Box 5: Folder 11


     Press material / Lafayette College, pre-season prospectus 1969
    Box 5: Folder 12


     Press material / Pennsylvania Military College 1970
    Box 5: Folder 13


    Series VI.  Photographs 1953-1970 13.0 folders



    Series description: Small number of team photos and action shots.

    Related material: PC 7, Department of Athletics Photographs, Drexel University Archives.


     Photographs / vs. Dickinson 1951
    Box 1: Folder 34


     Photographs / vs. Gettysburg 1951
    Box 1: Folder 35


     Photographs 1967
    Box 1: Folder 36


     Photographs 1968
    Box 1: Folder 37


     Photographs / Freshmen 1968
    Box 1: Folder 38


     Photographs 1970
    Box 1: Folder 39


    Series VII.  Players' papers 1932 2.0 folders



    Series description: The Ed March papers were donated to Drexel Athletics by Ted Marsh, Vincentown, N.J., in 1995, and acknowledged in a letter by Drexel Athletics Director of Development Elizabeth Ketterlinus dated November 10, 1995.



     Marsh, Ed - playbook 1932 1.0 folder



     Marsh, Ed - programs and periodical 1932 1.0 folder



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