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AMOS ALONZO STAGG - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/21/1952 - HFSID 227286

AMOS ALONZO STAGG Amos Alonzo Stagg sends a typed letter in 1952 about the history of football plays to Alexander M. Weyand who published The Saga Of American Football in 1955. Content Typed Letter Signed: "A.A. Stagg", 1p, 8½x11. Stockton, California, 1952 June 21. To Colonel A.M.

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AMOS ALONZO STAGG
Amos Alonzo Stagg sends a typed letter in 1952 about the history of football plays to Alexander M. Weyand who published The Saga Of American Football in 1955.
Content Typed Letter Signed: "A.A. Stagg", 1p, 8½x11. Stockton, California, 1952 June 21. To Colonel A.M. Weyand, Cornwall on Hudson, New York. In full: "My statement in 'Touchdown' regarding use of the arms is correct. I entered Yale in September, 1884. I went out to learn football and played altogether on the scrub team and in a couple of games which the freshmen had. I was absolutely green. At first, they put me in the line at the tackle. I was told on offense to spread my feet apart and to extend my arms horizontally sideways with fingers closed. On defense, I was told to stand opposite my opponent and to break through by hitting the opponent in the chest, by ducking under the opponent's arms if extended or to break down the extended arms by hitting with the fist. The Sam Cross is true. Veteran players did not assume the position that I was taught but they employed the use of their extended arms as needed. Tackle around was a favorite play. Gill was a star. On March 3, 1888, the Graduate Advisory Committee recommended that 'Rule 14 be altered so as to prohibit players in the rush line from blocking with extended arms.' At the convention on May 5, 1888, the above recommendation was reframed and adopted as follows: 'No player shall lay his hands upon or interfere with the use of his hands or arms with an opponent unless he was the ball'. On March 30, 1889, the following paragraph was added to the rule: 'The side which has the ball can only interfere with the body. The side which has not the ball can use the hands and arms as heretofore.' Good luck with your book. Sincerely," The Saga Of American Football by Alexander M. Weyand was published in 1955. Amos Alonzo Stagg (1862-1965) played and coached football for 71 years. He was 98 years old when he retired as a football coach from Stockton Junior College on September 16, 1960. He played at Yale and made the original All-America football team in 1889. Stagg is credited with the use of dummies for tackling practice and introducing (at the University of Chicago) the end-around play, the shift and the man in motion. Stagg was 102 when he died. Amos Alonzo Stagg was 90 when he wrote this letter. Folds, vertical fold runs between the "ag". Fine condition.

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