1896 Alabama Crimson White football team

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1896 Alabama Crimson White football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1896 record 2–1 (1–1 SIAA)
Head coach Otto Wagonhurst (1st season)
Captain T. W. Powers
Home stadium The Quad
Seasons
← 1895
1897 →
1896 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
LSU + 3 0 0     6 0 0
Georgia + 2 0 0     4 0 0
Vanderbilt 3 0 2     3 2 2
Auburn 3 1 0     3 1 0
Georgia Tech 1 1 1     1 1 1
Texas 1 1 0     4 2 1
Alabama 1 1 0     2 1 0
Kentucky State 1 1 0     3 6 0
Sewanee 2 3 0     3 3 0
Tulane 1 2 0     3 2 0
SW Presbyterian 0 1 0     0 1 0
Nashville 0 1 1     0 1 1
Mercer 0 2 1     0 2 1
Central 0 2 1     0 3 1
Mississippi A&M 0 2 0     0 4 0
Cumberland            
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1896 Alabama Crimson White football team[A 1] (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1896 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. The team was led by head coach Otto Wagonhurst, in his first season, and played their home games at The Quad in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In what was the fifth season of Alabama football, the team finished with a record of two wins and one loss (2–1, 1–1 SIAA).

In spring 1895, the University Board of Trustees passed a rule that prohibited athletic teams from competing off-campus for athletic events.[3] As such, all games scheduled for the 1896 season were played on campus at The Quad.[3] In their first game, Alabama shutout the Birmingham Athletic Club before they lost their only game of the season against Sewanee. The Crimson White then closed the season with their second shutout victory of the year against Mississippi A&M.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 24 Birmingham Athletic Club* The QuadTuscaloosa, AL W 30–0  
October 31 Sewanee The Quad • Tuscaloosa, AL L 6–10  
November 14 Mississippi A&M The Quad • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) W 20–0  
*Non-conference game.
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1896 Alabama football schedule[4][A 2]

Game summaries[edit]

Otto Wagonhurst in his college players uniform.
Head coach Otto Wagonhurst entered his only year as Alabama's head coach for the 1896 season.

Birmingham Athletic Club[edit]

In the first game played against the Birmingham Athletic Club (B.A.C.) since the 1893 season, Alabama defeated the Athletics 30–0 in Tuscaloosa.[6] Alabama scored their first touchdown early in the first half when a B.A.C. fumble was recovered and returned 50-yards for a touchdown.[6] They scored four more touchdowns and made five successful PAT's in their 30–0 shutout victory.[6] In what was the final all-time contest against the Athletics, the victory improved Alabama's all-time record against the Birmingham Athletic Club to 2–3.[7]

Sewanee[edit]

Against Sewanee, Alabama lost their first game of the season 10–6.[6] The loss brought Alabama's all-time record against Sewanee to 1–2.[8]

Mississippi A&M[edit]

In their final game of the season, Alabama defeated the Mississippi A&M Aggies (now known as Mississippi State Bulldogs) 20–0 at Tuscaloosa in the first all-time meeting between the long-time rivals.[6] Alabama took a 12–0 halftime lead after Putnam and Frank White scored touchdowns with A. B. McEachin converting both PAT's.[6] In the second half Samuel Slone scored on a 45-yard touchdown run and the Aggies quarterback was sacked for a safety on the last play of the game to make the final score 20–0.[6]

Players[edit]

Alabama Crimson White 1896 roster[6]

Guards

  • T. C. Marridtt
  • W. Ward

Tackles

  • D. B. Adams
  • S. P. Johnson
  • J. S. Powers
  • W. B. Putnam
Center
  • A. B. McEachin

Ends

Backs
  • Hill Ferguson
  • W. R. Shafer
  • Samuel Slone
  • Frank White

Quarterback

  • Borden Burr
Substitutes
  • R. E. Austill
  • W. C. Harkins
  • J. B. Killebrew
  • J. T. Weatherford
  • E. P. Wilson
  • L. B. Windham

Staff[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Alabama football teams were not referred to as the "Crimson Tide" until the 1907 season. Prior to 1907, the team was called the "Crimson White" from 1893 to 1906 and the "Cadets" in 1892.[1][2]
  2. ^ For the 1896 season, point values were different from those used in contemporary games. In 1896 a touchdown was worth four points, a field goal was worth five points and an extra point (PAT) was worth two points.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How the Crimson Tide got its name". bryantmuseum.ua.edu. Paul W. Bryant Museum. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Kennedy, Scott (April 8, 1992). "Tide football tradition began with 1892 team". The Tuscaloosa News. Google News Archives. p. 2F. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Griffin, John Chandler (2001). "1896: Trustees Thwart Alabama". Alabama vs. Auburn: Gridiron Grudge Since 1893. Athens, Georgia: Hill Street Press. p. 13. ISBN 1-58818-044-1. 
  4. ^ "1896 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Scoring values". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "1896 Season Recap" (PDF). RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved November 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Alabama vs Birmingham AC (AL)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Alabama vs Sewanee (TN)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 2, 2011.