John A. Hall (American football)

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John A. Hall
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1877-09-16)September 16, 1877
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died October 1, 1919(1919-10-01) (aged 42)
Long Branch, New Jersey
Playing career
1897 Yale
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1898 Carlisle
1899–1900 Navy (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 6–4
Accomplishments and honors
Consensus All-American (1897)

John Arthur Hall (September 16, 1877 – October 1, 1919) was an American football player and coach. He played college football for the Yale Bulldogs football team and was selected as a consensus honoree on the 1897 College Football All-America Team. He also served as the head coach of the Carlisle Indians football team in 1898.

Early years[edit]

Hall was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1877. His parents were Elisha Hall and Mary (Hayden) Hall. Hall attended preparatory school at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Connecticut.[1]

Football career[edit]

Hall attended the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale University and studied chemistry. He received his bachelor's degree in 1897, but remained at Yale for another year engaged in graduate studies.[1] While attending Yale, he played two years on the university hockey team and also played at the right end position on the 1897 Yale Bulldogs football team.[2] He was a consensus first-team selection for the 1897 College Football All-America Team.[3]

During the all of 1898, he served as the head football coach at the Carlisle Indian School.[1] During his one season as head coach, the Carlisle Indians football team compiled a 6-4 record and outscored its opponents by a combined total of 205 to 99.[4] Hall was an assistant football coach at the United States Naval Academy in 1899 and 1900.[2]

Later years[edit]

In 1899, Hall began working as a chemist for the Carnegie Steel Company in Pittsburgh. He remained with Carnegie until 1902 when he went to work for the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company. In 1903, he was superintendent of the Alice Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama.[1] He later moved to New Jersey where he worked as a chemical engineer for the Edison Portland Cement Company and, starting in 1913, for the Ransome Concrete Machinery Company.[2]

Hall was married in November 1915 to Anna Franklin in a ceremony at Bridgeport, Connecticut. He served during 1916 in the Connecticut National Guard, Second Infantry, attaining the rank of battalion sergeant major. He was stationed on the Mexican border. In 1918, Hall formed Hall Machine Company, general machinists, in Elizabeth, New Jersey.[2]

In September 1919, Hall was severely injured while driving from his summer home in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, to his winter home in Sewaren, New Jersey. His automobile was hit by a train at a crossing in Keansburg, New Jersey. Hall's wife and mother-in-law were killed instantly, and Hall died the following day at a hospital in Long Branch, New Jersey. Hall and his wife were buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven, Connecticut.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d G. Barrett Rich, Jr. (1903). Sexennial Record of the Class of 1897 of the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University. The Dorman Lithographing Company. p. 32. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Yale University Obituary Record of Graduates Deceased During the Year Ending July 1, 1920 (PDF). Yale University. 1921. pp. 1557–1558. 
  3. ^ "2012 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2012. p. 4. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ "John A. Hall Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved August 14, 2014.