William Herbert Corbin
Corbin (holding ball) on Yale's 1888 team
|Date of birth||July 20, 1864|
|Place of birth||Union, Connecticut|
|Date of death||April 14, 1945|
|Place of death||Hartford, Connecticut|
|Career highlights and awards|
William Herbert 'Pa' Corbin (July 20, 1864 – April 14, 1945) was an American college football player for the Yale Bulldogs football team for Yale University. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969.
Corbin was born in Union, Connecticut, the son of William Melvin Corbin, a manufacturer and merchant who served in the Connecticut General Assembly, for one session as a representative and then as a state senator, and his wife, née Josephine Walker. He attended Hartford Public High School and matriculated at Yale College, where he was on the freshman, sophomore, and university crews, and was captain of the freshman football team, and was on the university football team three years, and in his senior year as captain. Other activities included college hour, and financial manager of the Yale Daily News. He was a member of Psi Upsilon and Skull and Bones.
The 1888 Yale Football team, of which he was captain, was undefeated, winning thirteen games and tallying 698 points while holding their opponents scoreless. His interest in Yale football continued after graduation at practice session and games at the Yale Bowl; he became known to undergraduates as "Pa" Corbin.
He served as Connecticut State Tax Commissioner from 1907 until 1920, when he retired.
- "William Herbert Corbin, B.A. 1889", Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased During the Year 1944-1945, 41 (New Haven, Connecticut, published 1 January 1946) (1), 1946: pp. 31–2.
- "W. H. Corbin Dead; Star Yale Center. Captain of Undefeated Eleven of 1888, Tax Commissioner of Connecticut, 1907-20.", The New York Times (New York City), 16 April 1945
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