J. N. Stone

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J. N. Stone
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Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born (1882-04-18)April 18, 1882
Died August 25, 1926(1926-08-25) (aged 44)
Nashville, Tennessee
Alma mater Vanderbilt University (1908)
Playing career

Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)



Head coaching record
Overall 1–6 (football)
7–6–1 (basketball)
Accomplishments and honors
4x All-Southern (1904–1907)
AP Southeast All-Time football team 1869–1919 era
1912 All-time Vandy 1st team
1934 All-time Vandy team

James Nollner "Stein" Stone, Sr.[1] (April 18, 1882 – August 25, 1926) was an American football and basketball player and coach.

Vanderbilt University[edit]

At Vanderbilt he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.[2][3]


He was a four time All-Southern center for Dan McGugin's Vanderbilt football teams, selected for the position on all-time Vanderbilt teams in 1912 and 1934.[4][5] He was also selected for an Associated Press Southeast Area All-Time football team 1869–1919 era.[6] He was some 6 foot 3 and 180 pounds.[7]


In the game against Michigan, "In the duel of centers, Stone of Vanderbilt, had the best of "Germany" Schulz. Michigan's massive center. Stone's play was spectacular all the way."[8] His catch on a double-pass play then thrown near the end zone by Bob Blake[9] to set up the touchdown run in by Honus Craig that beat Sewanee at the very end, for the SIAA championship in 1907, was cited by Grantland Rice as the greatest thrill he ever witnessed in his years of watching sports.[10]


On top of this, Stein was supposedly "the finest basketball player in Dixie."[11]

Coaching career[edit]

He served as the head coach of the Clemson college football program in 1908. Stein later worked as an engineer in Bristol, Tennessee, where he and his wife, the former Camille Evans, who he married in 1911, lived.[12][13]

He died in 1926 in Nashville of lung and oral cancer. He is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville.[14][15]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Clemson Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1908)
1908 Clemson 1–6
Clemson: 1–6
Total: 1–6


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Vanderbilt Commodores (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1905–1908)
1906–07 Vanderbilt 7–6–1
Vanderbilt: 7–6–1
Total: 7–6–1


  1. ^ ""Who's who" among Vanderbilt men and women". Alumni Directory 1: 478. March 1923. 
  2. ^ "The Rainbow". The Rainbow of Delta Tau Delta 32: 56. 1909. 
  3. ^ "University News". Vanderbilt University Quarterly 8: 269. 1908. 
  4. ^ Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt University Quarterly 13. p. 56. 
  5. ^ Vanderbilt University (1934). The Commodore. p. 126. 
  6. ^ "U-T Greats On All-Time Southeast Team". Kingsport Post. July 31, 1969. 
  7. ^ "The Football Season of 1904". Vanderbilt University Quarterly 5: 62–69. 
  8. ^ "Vanderbilt Beaten By Yost's Men". The Washington Times. November 3, 1907. Retrieved May 1, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  9. ^ "Claiming Rampant". The Miami News. February 9, 1954. 
  10. ^ "Grantland Rice Tells Of Greatest Thrill In Years Of Watching Sport". Boston Daily Globe. April 27, 1924. 
  11. ^ Alexander M. Weyand (1960). The Cavalcade of Basketball. p. 48. 
  12. ^ "Marriages". Vanderbilt University Quarterly 11: 57. 
  13. ^ "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918" index and images, FamilySearch : accessed 05 Nov 2014), James Nollner Stone, 1917–1918.
  14. ^ "Tennessee, Death Records, 1914-1955," index and images, FamilySearch : accessed 05 Nov 2014), James Nellner Stone, 25 Aug 1926; citing Mt Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, cn 18959a, State Library and Archives, Nashville; FHL microfilm 1876717.
  15. ^ Tennessee Death Records, Ancestry

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