The University of Alabama
is a school with many rich and spirited traditions. This article describes several of these traditions.
Beginnings of football at Alabama
According to a November 25, 1926 article in The Crimson White
was first introduced at the University of Alabama in 1892 by W. G. Little of Livingston, Alabama
, who had been a student at Andover, Massachusetts
and "went to the University carrying his uniform and a great bag of enthusiasm for the game."
Alabama's first football game was played in Birmingham
on Friday afternoon, November 11, 1892, at the old Lakeview Park. Alabama defeated a team composed mostly of high schoolers 56-0. That Saturday, November 12, Alabama played the Birmingham Athletic Club, losing 5-4 when Ross, of B.A.C., kicked a 65-yard field goal
. This field goal was a collegiate record at the time.
In 1896 the University's board of trustees passed a rule forbidding athletic teams from traveling off-campus. The following season only one game was played and in 1898 football was abandoned at Alabama. Student opposition to the ruling forced trustees to lift the travel ban and football was resumed in 1899. The 1918 season was cancelled on account of World War I
but the game was resumed the following year.
Alabama first gained national recognition for football in 1922 when it defeated the University of Pennsylvania
9-7 in Philadelphia
. The following season Wallace Wade
became head coach and in 1925 led the Crimson... Read More