Hank Ketcham (American football)

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Henry "Hank" Ketcham
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Ketcham at Yale in 1913
Date of birth: (1891-06-17)June 17, 1891
Place of birth: Englewood, New Jersey
Date of death: November 1986 (aged 95)
Place of death: Seattle, Washington
Career information
Position(s): Center, Guard
College: Yale University
Organizations
Career highlights and awards
Honors: First-team All-American, 1911, 1912, 1913

Henry Holman "Hank" Ketcham (June 17, 1891 – November 1986) was an American football player. He played the center and guard positions for Yale University. He was selected as a first-team All-American three consecutive years in 1911, 1912 and 1913. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1968.

Biography[edit]

Ketcham was born in Englewood, New Jersey. After attending the Hotchkiss School, he enrolled at Yale University, where he was a member of Skull and Bones.[1] He played every game for Yale's varsity football team in 1911, 1912, and 1913. He helped lead Yale to a 7-2-1 record in 1911 and a 7-1-1 record in 1912 and was a consensus All-American in both of those years. In 1913, Ketcham was selected as the captain of Yale's football team. In a departure from past tradition at Yale, Ketcham appointed Howard Jones as the school's first salaried football coach. Ketcham later recalled: "I played every varsity game for three years and was taken out only once for a slight injury ... I am generally credited with having developed the term 'roving center'. Except for today's platoon systems, football hasn't changed materially. We had the on-side kick, the ball was a bit larger in circumference and the drop kick was more popular than the place kick."[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ History of the Class of 1914. Yale University. 1914. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Henry 'Hank' Ketcham player profile". College Football Hall of Fame.