Saturday, January 31, 2009

leatherhead football

Tomorrow being Super Bowl Sunday I thought I'd post these photos of a game played in 1923 between the Georgetown University and a team made up of Marines stationed at Quantico, Virginia. Over the years, quite a few Georgetown players ended up in professional football. Some of the Marines had probably been Georgetown students and might have ended up in the NFL themselves. This game took place on October 6th. The Marines won, 14-3. The previous match between the two teams was covered by the New York Times, but not this one.

These photos come from the National Photo Company Collection in LC's Prints and Photos Division. Click to view full size.

A large number of Marines from Quantico had put on a marching display before the game. This photo shows them running to get good seats directly after.

Secretary of the Navy (and former Marine), Edwin Denby attended the game.

Denby was a participant in the infamous Teapot Dome scandal, then being investigated.

From the New York Times: Sec. Denby and Gen. Pershing See Marines Beat Georgetown, October 29, 1922.

Georgetown football games in 1922 and 1923 from Georgetown Football History.
1922 (6-3-1)
Georgetown 19, Lebanon Valley 6
Georgetown 37, Cincinnati 0
Georgetown 28, Fordham 13
Quantico Marines 9, Georgetown 6
Holy Cross 10, Georgetown 0
Georgia Tech 19, Georgetown 7
Georgetown 19, Bucknell 7
Georgetown 0, Boston College 0
Georgetown 46, George Washington 6
Georgetown 13, Lafayette 7

1923 (3-6)
Georgetown 20, George Washington 0
Quantico Marines 14, Georgetown 3
Princeton 17, Georgetown 0
Georgia Tech 20, Georgetown 10
Third Army Corps 14, Georgetown 7
Boston College 21, Georgetown 0
Bucknell 14, Georgetown 7
Georgetown 26, Tulsa 0
Georgetown 6, Fordham 0

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