Harry P. Cross

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Harry P. Cross
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1873-09-29)September 29, 1873
South Kingstown, Rhode Island
Died March 12, 1955(1955-03-12) (aged 81)
Miami Beach, Florida
Playing career
1893–1895 Yale
Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1896, 1898 Stanford
Head coaching record
Overall 7–4–2

Harry Parsons Cross (September 29, 1873 – March 12, 1955) was an American football player and coach.

Athletic and coaching career[edit]

Cross played center for Yale University's football team from 1893 to 1895.[1] He was also an accomplished track and field athlete, competing in the hammer throw. In 1896, he was ranked as the second-best hammer thrower behind James Mitchell.[2]

In 1896, Cross became the head football coach at Stanford, guiding the team to a 2–1–1 record and a Big Game victory over Cal.[1] He coached the team again in 1898, earning a 5–3–1 record.[1]

After football[edit]

Cross graduated from Harvard Law School in 1900 and settled in Providence, Rhode Island, where he established a law firm and worked as an assistant attorney general for the state of Rhode Island.[2] He died in 1955.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Stanford (Independent) (1896)
1896 Stanford 2–1–1
Stanford (Independent) (1898)
1898 Stanford 5–3–1
Stanford: 7–4–2
Total: 7–4–2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Migdol, Gary (1997). Stanford: Home of Champions. Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing LLC. p. 23. ISBN 1-57167-116-1. Retrieved July 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Harry P. Cross, 81, Providence Lawyer". The New York Times. March 13, 1955. Retrieved July 7, 2010.