Harry Mason (American football)

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Harry Mason
Career information
Position(s) Halfback
Career history
As player
1902 Watertown Red & Black (Ind.)
1902 Syracuse Athletic Club (WSF)
Career highlights and awards

Harry Mason was a professional American football player during the early 1900s. He played for the Syracuse Athletic Club during the round-robin tournament later called the 1902 World Series of Football, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Prior to playing for Syracuse, Mason played professionally for the Watertown Red & Black.[1] He was reportedly recruited to join Syracuse before the 1902 series by Colgate University football coach, Frank "Buck" O'Neill. Mason scored a touchdown in each of the series two games, as Syracuse defeated the Knickerbocker Athletic Club, and the Orange Athletic Club, to claim the 1902 series title.[2]

Today Mason's uniform from that series is on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. It was donated to the Hall by a man claiming to be his son around 1983. The man offered to donate the uniform, but only if Joe Horrigan, the Hall's Vice President of Communications and Exhibits, would pick it up himself from the his home in Buffalo, New York.[2][3]


  1. ^ *Carroll, Bob (1980). "The First Football World Series" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 2 (Annual): 1–8. 
  2. ^ a b Smith, Don (1984). "That Indoor World Series" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 6 (5–6): 1. 
  3. ^ "The Art of Finding the Right Artifacts". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-09-20.