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1887 “Harpers Weekly” Supplement of the Yale Football Team with Beecher, Corbin and Woodruff.

Lot 484. 1887 “Harpers Weekly” Supplement of the Yale Football Team with Beecher, Corbin and Woodruff. This 16” by 22” blank-back supplement from Dec. 10 shows 11 members of the Yale football team, which won all of its nine games but one by shutout. In the “Championship Game” referenced in the two-page supplement, the Bulldogs defeated Harvard, 17-8. It was Harvard’s only loss in 11 games. Harry Beecher sits in the center holding the ball as the captain. William Herbert “Pa” Corbin, the team’s center, stands directly behind him. George Washington Woodruff, standing at the far left, became a highly successful football coach. The other players are Carter, Cross, Gill, Pratt, Graves, Wallace, Bull and Wirtenberg. Beecher is well known for being on the first football card – in the N162 1888 Goodwin Champions set. A colorized version of Beecher’s image in this woodcut is used for the card! Corbin and Woodruff are in the College Hall of Fame. Along with Amos Alonzo Stagg and Pudge Heffelfinger, Charles O. Gill, second from the right in the back row, became one of Yale’s first All-Americans in 1889. Impressive vg+ to ex supplement featuring a winning team that outscored opponents 513-8! Winning Bid $50.    

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