Woody Wagenhorst

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Woody Wagenhorst
Sport(s) Football, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1863-06-03)June 3, 1863
Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania
Died February 12, 1946(1946-02-12) (aged 82)
Washington, D.C.
Playing career
1886–1887 Princeton
1888 Penn
1888 Philadelphia Quakers
1889 Minneapolis Millers
1889 St. Paul Apostles
1890–1891 Penn
Position(s) End (football)
Third baseman (baseball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1888–1891 Penn
Head coaching record
Overall 39–18
Woody Wagenhorst
Born: (1863-06-03)June 3, 1863
Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania
Died: February 12, 1946(1946-02-12) (aged 82)
Washington, D.C.
Batted: Left Threw: Unknown
MLB debut
June 25, 1888, for the Philadelphia Quakers
Last MLB appearance
June 25, 1888, for the Philadelphia Quakers
MLB statistics
Games 2
At bats 8
Hits 1

Elwood Otto "Woody" Wagenhorst (June 3, 1863 – February 12, 1946) was an American football and baseball player and coach. He played Major League Baseball as a third baseman for the Philadelphia Quakers in 1888. In two career games, he had one hit in eight at-bats.[1] Wagenhorst served as the head football coach at the University of Pennsylvania from 1888 to 1891, compiling a record of 39–18.


Wagenhorst was born in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania in 1863. He played baseball and football while attending Princeton University (then known as the College of New Jersey). At the time of his graduation from Princeton, on June 8, 1888, he debuted at third base for the Philadelphia Quakers in the National League. After playing in only two games, Wagenhorst soon accepted an invitation to become coach of Penn's second paid football team, succeeding Frank Dole. For his coaching duties, Wagenhorst was paid $275.[2]

In the fall of 1888 as Wagenhorst served the Penn football team as its coach, trainer and he even played end briefly that season. In 1889, while coaching at Penn, Wagenhorst enrolled in Law School. As a Penn law student, Wagenhorst also became third-baseman and captain of the school's 1890 and 1891 baseball teams.

After graduating in 1892, he became a private secretary for Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania and later Mayor of Philadelphia, John E. Reyburn. Wagenhorst later practiced law in Washington D. C. until his death in 1946.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Penn Quakers (Independent) (1888–1891)
1888 Penn 10–7
1889 Penn 7–6
1890 Penn 11–3
1891 Penn 11–2
Penn: 39–18
Total: 39–18