Frank Hallowell

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Frank Hallowell
Biographical details
Born (1870-08-12)August 12, 1870
Medford, Massachusetts
Died June 1, 1933(1933-06-01) (aged 62)
Boston, Massachusetts[1]
Alma mater Harvard University
Playing career
1889–1892 Harvard
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1893–1901 Harvard (assistant)
Accomplishments and honors
Awards

Frank Walton Hallowell (August 12, 1870 – June 1, 1933) was an All-American football player and coach. He played at the end position for the Harvard Crimson football team of Harvard University, and was twice selected as an All-American, in 1890 and 1892. He was also a center fielder on Harvard's baseball team.

Hallowell played end for the Harvard football team from 1889 to 1892. In 1890, a newspaper profile of the Harvard team noted that Hallowell's play on defense was not yet up to his offense:

"Hallowell, at the right end, is showing up fairly well. He still allows himself to be drawn in toward the center and is apt to overrun his man. A more thorough study of his position will enable him to direct his efforts to a better advantage. He has yet to learn that a man in his position must be as able to gain ground as to prevent others from gaining it."[2]

Despite the criticism of his defense, Hallowell played well enough on offense to be picked as one of two ends on the 1890 College Football All-America Team.

Before the start of the 1891 football season, The New York Times wrote of Hallowell: "Hallowell was the most promising of the new players last year, and put up a splendid game when he appeared on the field. He is quick, strong, a very fast runner, and a close imitator of Cumnock in his tackling."[3] However, Hallowell sustained a knee injury and was "laid up nearly the whole of the [1891] season."[4]

Hallowell also played baseball for Harvard as a center fielder. He was known for both his hitting and fielding.[5] In June 1892, Hallowell was involved in a play that resulted in a serious injury to Yale's catcher Carter. While trying to score, Hallowell "had a terrific collision with Carter at the plate."[6] Despite being knocked unconscious and having his nose broken in the collision, Carter insisted on playing in the next inning. Later in the game, Carter became "delirious and weak" and was taken to a Boston hotel where he was in critical condition.[6] Newspapers reported that Carter "has been insane ever since the accident."[7][8]

After graduating from Harvard, Hallowell remained affiliated with Harvard's football team as coach from during the period from 1893 through at least 1901.[9][10][11] Hallowell remained a fierce supporter of Harvard's football team. When Hallowell was married, the congregation in the "sedate" Boston church gasped when he knelt at the altar. On the sole of his left shoe was written "To hell", and on the right was written "With Yale!"[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harvard Alumni Association; Associated Harvard Clubs (1933). Harvard Alumni Bulletin. Retrieved 2014-12-27. 
  2. ^ "College Items". Salt Lake Tribune. 1890-11-10. 
  3. ^ "Harvard's Bright Prospects". The New York Times. 1891-09-21. 
  4. ^ "Harvard's Poor Defense". The World (New York). 1891-10-25. 
  5. ^ "The Harvard Baseball Nine". Olean Democrat. 1892-06-02. 
  6. ^ a b "Harvard Whitewashes Yale". Trenton Times. 1892-06-24. 
  7. ^ "Catcher Carter May Die". Trenton Times. 1892-06-25. 
  8. ^ "Catcher Carter Insane". Fitchburg Sentinel. 1892-06-25. 
  9. ^ "Harvard's Bright Outlook". The World (New York). 1893-09-05.  ("The following old football men will coach during the season: ... Frank Hallowell...")
  10. ^ "untitled". Evening Herald. 1898-09-29. {"Frank Hallowell, Harvard's old end man, was in togs today coaching Lewis, Young and Richardson.")
  11. ^ "In the Football World". The New York Times. 1901-10-08. {"The coaching force consisted of ... Frank Hallowell ...")
  12. ^ John M. Flynn (1951-11-27). "The Referee's Sporting Chat". Berkshire Evening Eagle.