William & Mary Tribe football, 1950–59

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The William & Mary Indians football[a] teams represented the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. Now known as the William & Mary Tribe, the program was established in 1893. Their long-time football rival is the University of Richmond. Their annual meeting is dubbed the I-64 Bowl (renamed the Capital Cup starting in the 2009 season), so named for the highway connecting the two nearby schools.

The single greatest win of the era came on November 9, 1957, when William & Mary traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina to play #10 ranked NC State in Riddick Stadium. The Indians (2–5–0) stunned the Wolfpack (5–0–2) with a 7–6 win. The loss dropped NC State nine spots in the following AP Poll to #19. It marked the first time that William & Mary had ever defeated a national top 10 opponent (the previous closest occasion occurred on November 6, 1948, when the Indians tied #3 North Carolina 7–7 in Chapel Hill).

Contents: 1950 - 1951 - 1952 - 1953 - 1954 - 1955 - 1956 - 1957 - 1958 - 1959 - Decade totals - NFL Draft selections - Notes


1950[edit]

1950 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Southern Conference
1950 record 4–7 (3–3 SoCon)
Head coach Rube McCray (7th year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1949 1951 »
1950 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#18 Washington and Lee 6 0 0     8 3 0
#10 Clemson 3 0 1     9 0 1
VMI 5 1 0     6 4 0
Wake Forest 6 1 1     6 1 2
Maryland 4 1 1     7 2 1
Duke 5 2 0     7 3 0
North Carolina 3 2 1     3 5 2
George Washington 4 3 0     5 4 0
NC State 4 4 1     5 4 1
William & Mary 3 3 0     4 7 0
The Citadel 2 3 0     4 6 0
South Carolina 2 4 1     3 4 2
Furman 2 4 0     2 9 1
West Virginia 1 3 0     2 8 0
Davidson 1 5 0     3 6 0
Richmond 1 8 0     2 8 0
Virginia Tech 0 8 0     0 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent Site Result
September 23 vs. VMI Roanoke, Virginia (Rivalry) L 19–25  
September 30 Cincinnati* Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 20–14  
October 7 Wake Forest Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 0–47  
October 14 at #20 Michigan State* Macklin StadiumEast Lansing, Michigan L 14–33  
October 21 at Virginia Tech Miles StadiumBlacksburg, Virginia W 54–0  
October 28 at North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, North Carolina L 7–40  
November 4 at Boston University* Nickerson FieldBoston, Massachusetts L 14–16  
November 11 at Virginia* Scott StadiumCharlottesville, Virginia L 0–13  
November 18 at Houston* Public School StadiumHouston, Texas L 18–36  
November 25 vs. NC State Foreman FieldNorfolk, Virginia (Oyster Bowl) W 34–0  
December 2 Richmond Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 40–6  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Associated Press.

1951[edit]

See also: the William & Mary scandal of 1951 – a scandal that involved former head coach Rube McCray tampering with football players' transcripts and credits to enable NCAA eligibility.
1951 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Southern Conference
1951 record 7–3 (5–1 SoCon)
Head coach Marvin Bass (1st year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1950 1952 »
1951 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Maryland § 5 0 0     10 0 0
VMI § 5 0 0     7 3 0
Washington & Lee 5 1 0     6 4 0
William & Mary 5 1 0     7 3 0
#19 Clemson 3 1 0     7 3 0
Duke 4 2 0     5 4 1
South Carolina 5 3 0     6 4 0
Wake Forest 5 3 0     6 4 0
George Washington 2 3 1     2 6 1
North Carolina 2 3 0     2 8 0
West Virginia 2 3 0     5 5 0
NC State 2 6 0     3 7 0
Richmond 2 6 0     3 8 0
The Citadel 1 3 0     4 6 0
Furman 1 4 1     3 6 1
Davidson 1 5 0     1 8 0
Virginia Tech 1 7 0     2 8 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent Site Result
September 22 Boston University* Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 34–25  
September 29 at #4 Oklahoma* Memorial StadiumNorman, Oklahoma L 7–49  
October 6 VMI Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) L 7–20  
October 13 vs. Wake Forest City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (Tobacco Bowl) W 7–6  
October 20 at NC State Riddick StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina W 35–28  
October 27 at Richmond City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 20–14  
November 3 at Penn* Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania W 20–12  
November 10 Virginia Tech Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 28–7  
November 17 Duke Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 14–13  
November 24 at #15 Virginia* Scott StadiumCharlottesville, Virginia L 0–46  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Associated Press.

1952[edit]

1952 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Southern Conference
1952 record 4–5 (4–1 SoCon)
Head coach Marvin Bass (2nd year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1951 1953 »
1952 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#16 Duke 5 0 0     8 2 0
Wake Forest 5 1 0     5 4 1
West Virginia 5 1 0     7 2 0
William & Mary 4 1 0     4 5 0
George Washington 4 2 1     5 3 1
Virginia Tech 4 4 0     5 6 0
Furman 2 2 1     6 3 1
Washington & Lee 3 4 0     3 7 0
VMI 2 3 1     3 6 1
NC State 2 4 0     3 7 0
South Carolina 2 4 0     5 5 0
North Carolina 1 2 0     2 6 0
The Citadel 1 3 1     3 5 1
Davidson 1 6 0     2 7 0
Richmond 0 6 0     1 9 0
Clemson 0 0 0     2 6 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent Site Result
September 20 vs. VMI Roanoke, Virginia (Rivalry) W 34–13  
September 27 Wake Forest Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 21–28  
October 4 at Penn State* New Beaver FieldUniversity Park, Pennsylvania L 23–35  
October 11 at #17 Navy* Thompson StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland L 0–14  
October 18 at Boston University* Nickerson FieldBoston, Massachusetts L 28–33  
October 24 Richmond Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 42–13  
November 8 at Virginia Tech Miles StadiumBlacksburg, Virginia W 34–15  
November 22 NC State Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 41–6  
November 29 Virginia* Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 13–20  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Associated Press.

1953[edit]

The 1953 William & Mary Indians football team is considered, within the school community, to be one of the most remarkable stories in its athletics history.[1] Due to an academic cheating scandal (coincidentally unrelated to the 1951 scandal), eight of the team's starting members were dismissed from school and another portion of the remaining 33 players transferred out.[1] Among the 24 remaining players, five were returning Korean War veterans and one other had never played a minute of football in his life.[1] Many of them were undersized (the quarterback stood 5'8" and weighed 160 pounds) and even the coaching staff was few in numbers (five total, one of them being the head basketball coach).

Their schedule was so tough that opposing teams would call ahead to make sure that William & Mary still intended on playing them the following week.[1] Remarkably, the Indians started the season 5–2–1 and the only reason they finished with a 5–4–1 overall record was due to accumulating injuries with few available substitutions.[1] Six of the players would eventually go on to play professional football.[1] Their story of grit and determination in the face of overwhelming odds was later written about in a book titled The Iron Indians.[1]

1953 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Southern Conference
1953 record 5–4–1 (3–2 SoCon)
Head coach Jack Freeman (1st year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1952 1954 »
1953 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 West Virginia 4 0 0     8 2 0
Furman 2 0 0     7 2 0
George Washington 4 2 0     5 4 0
William & Mary 3 2 0     5 4 1
Richmond 3 3 0     5 3 1
Virginia Tech 3 3 0     5 5 0
VMI 3 3 0     5 5 0
Washington & Lee 2 4 0     4 6 0
The Citadel 1 3 0     2 7 0
Davidson 0 5 0     0 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent Site Result
September 19 vs. Wake Forest* City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (Tobacco Bowl) W 16–14  
September 26 at Navy* Thompson StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland T 6–6  
October 3 at Cincinnati* Nippert StadiumCincinnati, Ohio L 7–57  
October 17 Virginia Tech Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 13–7  
October 24 George Washington Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 12–7  
October 31 at NC State* Riddick StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina W 7–6  
November 7 vs. VMI Roanoke, Virginia (Rivalry) L 19–20  
November 14 at Richmond City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 21–0  
November 21 Washington and Lee Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 7–33  
November 28 Boston University* Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 14–41  
*Non-conference game.

1954[edit]

1954 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Southern Conference
1954 record 4–4–2 (1–2–2 SoCon)
Head coach Jack Freeman (2nd year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1953 1955 »
1954 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#12 West Virginia 3 0 0     8 1 0
Furman 2 0 0     5 5 0
#16 Virginia Tech 3 0 1     8 0 1
Davidson 2 1 0     6 3 0
VMI 4 3 0     4 6 0
Richmond 2 3 0     5 4 0
William & Mary 1 2 2     4 4 2
George Washington 0 4 1     1 7 1
The Citadel 0 4 0     2 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent Site Result
September 25 at Navy* Thompson StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland L 0–27  
October 2 at Penn* Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania W 27–7  
October 9 vs. NC State* S. B. Ballard StadiumNorfolk, Virginia (Oyster Bowl) L 0–26  
October 16 at Rutgers* Rutgers StadiumPiscataway Township, New Jersey W 14–7  
October 22 at George Washington Washington, D.C. T 13–13  
October 30 at #14 Virginia Tech Miles StadiumBlacksburg, Virginia T 7–7  
November 6 vs. VMI Roanoke, Virginia (Rivalry) L 0–21  
November 13 #16 West Virginia Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 6–20  
November 20 Wake Forest* Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 13–9  
November 25 at Richmond City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 2–0  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Associated Press.

1955[edit]

1955 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Southern Conference
1955 record 1–7–1 (1–3–1 SoCon)
Head coach Jack Freeman (3rd year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1954 1956 »
1955 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#19 West Virginia 4 0 0     8 2 0
Virginia Tech 2 1 1     6 3 1
Davidson 3 2 0     5 4 0
George Washington 3 2 0     5 4 0
Richmond 3 2 2     4 3 2
The Citadel 2 2 0     5 4 0
Furman 1 1 0     1 9 0
William & Mary 1 3 1     1 7 1
VMI 1 6 0     1 9 0
Washington & Lee 0 1 0     0 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent Site Result
September 24 at #9 Navy* Thompson StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland L 0–7  
October 1 Virginia Tech Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 7–14  
October 8 at #13 Duke* Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, North Carolina L 7–47  
October 15 at #10 West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, West Virginia L 13–39  
October 22 George Washington Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 0–16  
October 29 VMI Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) W 20–13  
November 5 at Wake Forest* Groves StadiumWake Forest, North Carolina L 7–13  
November 19 at NC State* Riddick StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina L 21–28  
November 24 at Richmond City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) T 6–6  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Associated Press.

1956[edit]

1956 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Southern Conference
1956 record 0–9–1 (0–5 SoCon)
Head coach Jack Freeman (4th year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1955 1957 »
1956 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
West Virginia 5 0 0     6 4 0
Virginia Tech 3 0 0     7 2 1
#17 George Washington 5 1 0     8 1 1
Davidson 2 2 1     5 3 1
Furman 2 2 0     2 8 0
VMI 2 3 1     3 6 1
Richmond 2 5 0     4 5 0
The Citadel 1 3 0     3 5 1
Washington & Lee 0 1 0     1 7 0
William & Mary 0 5 0     0 9 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent Site Result
September 22 Wake Forest* Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 0–39  
September 29 at Navy* Thompson StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland L 14–39  
October 6 Boston University* Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia T 18–18  
October 13 at Virginia Tech Miles StadiumBlacksburg, Virginia L 7–34  
October 20 West Virginia Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 13–20  
October 26 at #17 George Washington Washington, D.C. L 14–16  
November 3 vs. VMI Lynchburg, Virginia (Rivalry) L 6–20  
November 10 at Army* Michie StadiumWest Point, New York L 6–34  
November 17 at Rutgers* Rutgers StadiumPiscataway Township, New Jersey L 6–20  
November 22 at Richmond City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) L 0–6  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Associated Press.

1957[edit]

1957 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Southern Conference
1957 record 4–6 (2–4 SoCon)
Head coach Milt Drewer (1st year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1956 1958 »
1957 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#20 VMI 6 0 0     9 0 1
West Virginia 3 0 0     7 2 1
The Citadel 4 2 0     5 4 1
Furman 2 1 0     3 7 0
Richmond 2 4 0     4 6 0
William & Mary 2 4 0     4 6 0
Davidson 1 3 0     4 6 0
Virginia Tech 1 3 0     4 5 0
George Washington 1 5 0     2 7 0
Washington & Lee 0 0 0     0 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent Site Result
September 21 George Washington Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 0–7  
September 28 at #5 Navy* Thompson StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland L 6–33  
October 5 Virginia Tech Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 13–7  
October 12 at Penn State* New Beaver FieldUniversity Park, Pennsylvania L 13–21  
October 19 VMI Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia (Rivalry) L 13–14  
October 26 at West Virginia Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, West Virginia L 0–19  
November 2 at The Citadel Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, South Carolina W 14–12  
November 9 at #10 NC State* Riddick StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina W 7–6  
November 16 Rutgers* Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 38–7  
November 28 at Richmond City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) L 7–12  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Associated Press.

1958[edit]

1958 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Southern Conference
1958 record 2–6–1 (1–4–1 SoCon)
Head coach Milt Drewer (2nd year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1957 1959 »
1958 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
West Virginia 4 0 0     4 5 1
Virginia Tech 3 1 0     5 4 1
George Washington 3 2 0     3 5 0
VMI 2 2 1     6 2 2
Richmond 3 4 0     3 7 0
The Citadel 2 3 0     4 6 0
Davidson 2 3 0     5 4 0
Furman 1 2 0     2 7 0
William & Mary 1 4 1     2 6 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent Site Result
September 27 at #12 Navy* Thompson StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland L 0–14  
October 4 at Virginia Tech Miles StadiumBlacksburg, Virginia L 15–27  
October 11 vs. VMI Mitchell StadiumBluefield, West Virginia (Rivalry) T 6–6  
October 18 NC State* Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 13–6  
October 24 at George Washington Washington, D.C. L 0–7  
November 1 at Boston University* Nickerson FieldBoston, Massachusetts L 7–33  
November 8 Davidson Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 7–16  
November 15 West Virginia Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 6–55  
November 27 at Richmond City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) W 18–15  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Associated Press.

1959[edit]

The September 26th contest against the #13 Naval Academy marked the inaugural game in the brand new Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, which replaced Thompson Stadium as the location for all of Navy's future home games. William & Mary would go on to lose the game, 2–29.

1959 William & Mary Indians football
Conference Southern Conference
1959 record 4–6 (4–3 SoCon)
Head coach Milt Drewer (3rd year)
Home stadium Cary Field
Seasons
« 1958 1960 »
1959 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
VMI 5 0 1     8 1 1
The Citadel 5 1 0     8 2 0
Virginia Tech 3 1 0     6 4 0
Furman 3 2 0     3 7 0
Richmond 4 3 1     4 5 1
West Virginia 2 2 0     3 7 0
William & Mary 2 5 0     4 6 0
Davidson 0 5 0     1 8 0
George Washington 0 5 0     1 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent Site Result
September 19 at Virginia* Scott StadiumCharlottesville, Virginia W 37–0  
September 26 at #13 Navy* Navy-Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland L 2–29  
October 3 vs. Virginia Tech Roanoke, Virginia L 14–20  
October 10 Furman Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 7–8  
October 17 vs. VMI S. B. Ballard StadiumNorfolk, Virginia (Oyster Bowl) L 7–26  
October 24 George Washington Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia W 14–7  
October 31 The Citadel Cary FieldWilliamsburg, Virginia L 13–38  
November 7 at Davidson Richardson StadiumDavidson, North Carolina W 25–7  
November 14 at Florida State* Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida W 9–0  
November 21 at Richmond City StadiumRichmond, Virginia (I-64 Bowl) L 12–20  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Associated Press.

Decade totals[edit]

  • Final record: 35–57–6
  • Points scored: 1,310
  • Points against: 1,856
  • +/- point differential: –546

NFL Draft selections[edit]

= NFL Hall of Fame = Canadian Football Hall of Fame = College Football Hall of Fame
21 NFL Draft Selections 
# Year Round Pick Overall Name Team Position
1 1950 3 7 34 Hughes, GeorgeGeorge Hughes Pittsburgh Steelers Guard
2 1950 6 3 69 Cloud, "Flyin'" Jack"Flyin'" Jack Cloud Green Bay Packers Back
3 1950 9 8 113 Ragazzo, VitoVito Ragazzo Chicago Cardinals End
4 1950 10 12 130 Frank O'Pella Cleveland Browns Back
5 1950 24 4 304 Jim McDowell Detroit Lions Guard
6 1951 17 6 201 Ted Gehlmann Pittsburgh Steelers Tackle
7 1952 20 12 241 Ed Weber Los Angeles Rams Back
8 1953 8 4 89 Kreamcheck, JohnJohn Kreamcheck Chicago Bears Tackle
9 1953 18 12 217 Mioduszewski, EdEd Mioduszewski Detroit Lions Back
10 1954 3 12 37 Bowman, BillBill Bowman Detroit Lions Back
11 1954 5 12 61 George Parozzo Detroit Lions Tackle
12 1954 19 1 218 Jerry Sazio Chicago Cardinals Tackle
13 1954 22 5 258 Sumner, CharlieCharlie Sumner Chicago Bears Back
14 1954 28 1 326 Tom Koller Chicago Cardinals Back
15 1955 7 10 83 Bruce Sturgess Chicago Bears Back
16 1955 28 7 332 Crow, AlAl Crow New York Giants Tackle
17 1956 6 1 62 Lusk, BobBob Lusk Detroit Lions Center
18 1956 14 12 169 Charlie Sidwell Cleveland Browns Back
19 1958 10 12 121 Elliot Schaubach Detroit Lions Tackle
20 1959 17 1 193 Tom Secules Green Bay Packers Back
21 1959 22 8 260 Lennie Rubal Chicago Bears Back

Notes[edit]

  • a Between 1896 and 1909 their nickname was "Orange and White," deriving that name from the school's former colors (William & Mary now uses green and gold).[2] Since white uniforms dirtied too quickly, they became known as the "Orange and Black" from 1910 through 1916.[2] Between 1917 and 1977 they were known as the Indians, and throughout this period a man dressing up as a Native American would ride around on a pony along the sidelines during games.[2] This practice was discontinued when the outcry of stereotyping Native Americans as well as the use of a live animal became controversial.[2] Since the 1978 season William & Mary has adopted the nickname "Tribe."[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Ducibella, Jim (September 30, 2011). ""Iron Indians" recalls a season of grit, determination". The College of William & Mary. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "A History of W&M Mascots and Nicknames". wm.edu. The College of William & Mary. 2008. Retrieved February 12, 2012.