Alfred J. Robertson

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Alfred J. Robertson
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Biographical details
Bornc. 1891
DiedOctober 30, 1948 (aged 57)
Rochester, Minnesota
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1919Fort Hays State
1919–1920Fort Hays State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
Head coaching record
Overall3–6 (football; Fort Hays State only)
322–196 (basketball)
Accomplishments and honors
5 IIAC (1922, 1925–1927, 1937)

Alfred James "Robbie" Robertson (c. 1891 – October 30, 1948) was an American football, basketball, and baseball player, track athlete, coach, and college athletics administrator. Robertson Memorial Field House, the former home basketball venue at Bradley University, was named in his honor.

Playing career[edit]

A native of South Haven, Minnesota, Robertson lettered in football, basketball, and track at Carleton College. In 1912, he captained the football team and was named All-State quarterback. Robertson transferred to the University of Montana in 1914, where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and track. At Montana, he also played quarterback before graduating in 1916.[1][2]

Coaching career[edit]

Robertson was the third head football coach at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas and he held that position for the 1919 season. His record at Fort Hays State was 3–6.[3]

Illness and death[edit]

Robertson was hospitalized in October 1948 in Peoria, Illinois and had surgery for a "rare liver aliment" at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota later that month. He died on October 30, at the Saint Mary's Hospital in Rochester, at the age of 57.[4]


  1. ^ Kieran, John (March 9, 1938). "Sports of the Times; Popping In From Peoria" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved June 23, 2011.
  2. ^ "Carleton College: Alumni Council: Alfred J. Robertson". Carleton College. Retrieved June 23, 2011.
  3. ^ Fort Hays State University coaching records Archived May 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "A. J. Robertson, Bradley Athletic Director, Dies". Palladium-Item. Richmond, Indiana. International News Service. November 1, 1948. p. 8. Retrieved September 12, 2017 – via open access.