Sam Thorne

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Sam Thorne
Sam "Brick" Thorne.jpg
Biographical details
Born (1873-09-19)September 19, 1873
New York, New York
Died June 3, 1930(1930-06-03) (aged 56)
New York, New York
Playing career
1893–1895 Yale
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1896 Yale
Head coaching record
Overall 13–1
Accomplishments and honors
All-American, 1895
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1970 (profile)

Samuel Brinckerhoff "Brinck" Thorne (September 19, 1873 – June 3, 1930) was an American football player and coach. He played college football at Yale University as halfback from 1893 to 1894. As a senior and team captain in 1895, Thorn was named an All-American. He returned to Yale in 1896 to serve as head football coach for a season, during which he guided the Bulldogs to a 13–1 record. Thorne was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1970.


Born in New York City, Thorne graduated from Yale University in 1896 and was a member of Skull and Bones. He played for Yale for three years, was captain his senior year, and he was selected for the 1895 College Football All-America Team.[1] He studied mining engineering at Lafayette College and was in the mining business for many years.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Yale Bulldogs (Independent) (1896)
1896 Yale 13–1
Yale: 13–1
Total: 13–1


  1. ^ a b "Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Year 1929-1930" (PDF). Yale University. December 1, 1930. pp. 149–51. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 

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