1899 Alabama Crimson White football team

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1899 Alabama Crimson White football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1899 record 3–1 (1–0 SIAA)
Head coach W. A. Martin (1st year)
Captain Thomas William Wert
Home stadium The Quad
Seasons
« 1898 1900 »
1899 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Sewanee § 11 0 0     12 0 0
Vanderbilt § 4 0 0     7 2 0
Alabama 1 0 0     3 1 0
Tennessee 2 1 0     6 2 0
North Carolina 2 1 0     7 3 0
Auburn 2 1 1     3 1 1
Texas 3 2 0     6 2 0
Clemson 2 2 0     4 2 0
Georgia 2 3 1     2 3 1
Ole Miss 2 3 0     3 4 0
LSU 1 3 0     1 4 0
Kentucky 0 1 0     5 2 2
SW Presbyterian 0 1 0     0 1 0
Nashville 0 1 0     0 1 0
Davidson 0 2 0     0 2 0
Cumberland 0 2 0     0 2 0
Georgia Tech 0 4 0     0 5 0
Tulane 0 5 0     0 6 1
§ – Conference co-champions

The 1899 Alabama Crimson White football team[A 1] (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1899 college football season. The team was led by head coach W. A. Martin, in his first season, and played their home games at The Quad in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In what was the seventh season of Alabama football, the team finished with a record of three wins and one loss (3–1, 1–0 SIAA). In the spring of 1895, the University Board of Trustees passed a rule that prohibited athletic teams from competing off-campus for athletic events.[3] As such the 1898 season was canceled; however the board subsequently rescinded this rule and the squad returned to the field for the 1899 season.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 21 Tuscaloosa Athletic Club* The QuadTuscaloosa, AL W 16–5  
November 11 Montgomery Athletic Club* The Quad • Tuscaloosa, AL W 16–0  
November 24 at Ole Miss Fairgrounds • Jackson, MS (Rivalry) W 7–5  
November 25 at New Orleans Athletic Club* Athletic Park • New Orleans, LA L 0–21  
*Non-conference game.
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1899 Alabama football schedule[4][A 2]

Game notes[edit]

Tuscaloosa Athletic Club[edit]

In what was the first game played since the 1897 season, Alabama defeated the Tuscaloosa Athletic Club 16–5.[6] With a halftime score of 5–5, Alabama took the lead in the second half and won 16–5.[6] Former Alabama player and head coach Eli Abbott played for the Tuscaloosa squad in this game.

Montgomery Athletic Club[edit]

Shirley Miller had a 75-yard touchdown run for Alabama in this 16–0 shutout victory over the Montgomery Athletic Club.[6]

Mississippi[edit]

In what was the first road game for Alabama since the 1895 season, the Crimsons traveled to Jackson, Mississippi and defeated the University of Mississippi 7–5.[6] After Alabama took a 2–0 lead following a blocked punt for a safety, Mississippi scored their only points of the game on a short touchdown run for the 5–2 lead.[6] In the second half, Alabama scored the game winning touchdown on an A. M. Donahoo run for the 7–5 victory.[6] The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against Mississippi to 1–1.[7]

New Orleans Athletic Club[edit]

The day after their victory over Mississippi, Alabama traveled to New Orleans and lost 21–0 to the New Orleans Athletic Club in the final game of the season.[6]

Players[edit]

Alabama Crimson White 1899 roster[6]

Guards

  • C. A. Brown
  • Thomas William Wert

Tackles

  • C. M. Plowman
  • John McCorquodale
Center
  • J. F. Stickney

Ends

  • Frank H. Gamble
  • M. H. Hurt
Backs
  • Forney Johnston
  • John Lancaster
  • A. M. Donahoo
  • F. S. White
Substitutes
  • John Coleman
  • J. C. Granade
  • W. A. McCreary
  • B. F. McMillan
  • H. L. Reeder
  • Shirley Miller
  • J. R. Forman

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 1899 season, point values were different from those used in contemporary games. In 1897 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. ^ "1899 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Scoring values". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "1899 Season Recap" (PDF). RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Alabama vs Mississippi". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 15, 2011.