A truly amazing piece of American Football history. This football came from the collection of the 1902 Yale Captain and All-American, George Chadwick, and was used at Yale Field (prior to construction of Yale Bowl) vs Vermont on October 15th, 1902. Yale won the game 32-0 and was led by coach/consultant, Walter Camp, who is largely considered the father of modern football.
“George Brewster Chadwick (June 11, 1880 – October 17, 1961) was an All-American football player and coach. He played college football for Yale University from 1899 to 1902 and was the head coach of the 1903 Yale football team. After working for a time in the hardware and sales fields, Chadwick had a long career as a teacher of English, history and Latin at Eastern private boys’ schools. He also published his only book, Chuck Blue of Sterling, based largely on his football experience in 1927.”
In 1902, Yale was considered the national champion alongside Michigan during a time where there was no forward pass (wasn’t adopted until 1906).