1889 College Football All-America Team

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The 1889 College Football All-America team was the first College Football All-America Team. The team was selected by Caspar Whitney and published in This Week's Sports.[1]

The team selected by Whitney in 1889 marked the origin of the "All-America" teams that have since appeared in every collegiate sport from men's ice hockey to women's gymnastics. All eleven members of the 1889 All-America team played for three teams—Harvard, Princeton or Yale, then known as the "Big Three" of college football. Some sources indicate that Walter Camp assisted Whitney with the selection of the 1889 All-American team, while others indicate that Camp did not become involved in the selection process until some time in the 1890s.

The first ever All-America team included the legendary football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg (then a player for Yale), Pudge Heffelfinger (the first professional football player), "Snake" Ames (who set a college scoring record with 730 points), Edgar Allan Poe (second cousin, twice removed of the writer of the same name), Arthur Cumnock (described as the greatest Harvard football player of all-time in 1913), and Roscoe Channing (who later served with Teddy Roosevelt in the Rough Riders).

Profiles of the 1889 All-America Eleven[edit]

Yale end Amos Alonzo Stagg went on to become one of the sport's most successful coaches.
Yale guard Pudge Heffelfinger became the first professional football player in 1892.

Team lineup by position[edit]

Princeton fullback "Snake" Ames set an unofficial collegiate scoring record with 730 points, including 62 touchdowns and 176 goals after touchdown.

Gallery of 1889 All-Americans[edit]


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