Harry P. Cross

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Harry P. Cross
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1873-09-29)September 29, 1873
South Kingstown, Rhode Island
Died March 12, 1955(1955-03-12) (aged 81)
Miami Beach, Florida
Playing career
1893–1895 Yale
Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1896, 1898 Stanford
Head coaching record
Overall 7–4–2
College Football Data Warehouse

Harry Parsons Cross (September 29, 1873 – March 12, 1955) was an American football player and coach.

Athletic and coaching career[edit]

Cross played center for Yale University's football team from 1893 to 1895.[1] He was also an accomplished track and field athlete, competing in the hammer throw. In 1896, he was ranked as the second-best hammer thrower behind James Mitchell.[2]

In 1896, Cross became the head football coach at Stanford, guiding the team to a 2–1–1 record and a Big Game victory over Cal.[1] He coached the team again in 1898, earning a 5–3–1 record.[1]

After football[edit]

Cross graduated from Harvard Law School in 1900 and settled in Providence, Rhode Island, where he established a law firm and worked as an assistant attorney general for the state of Rhode Island.[2] He died in 1955.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Stanford (Independent) (1896–1898)
1896 Stanford 2–1–1
1898 Stanford 5–3–1
Stanford: 7–4–2
Total: 7–4–2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Migdol, Gary (1997). Stanford: Home of Champions. Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing LLC. p. 23. ISBN 1-57167-116-1. Retrieved July 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Harry P. Cross, 81, Providence Lawyer". The New York Times. March 13, 1955. Retrieved July 7, 2010.