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Encyclopedia > Walter Camp
Walter Camp
Walter Camp, pictured as Yale's Captain, 1878-79
Walter Camp, pictured as Yale's Captain, 1878-79
College Yale
Sport American Football
Team record 81-5-3
Born April 7, 1859
Place of birth New Britain, Connecticut
Died March 14, 1925
Place of death New York City, New York
Career highlights
Overall 81-5-3
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1888-1891
1892; 1894-1895
Yale University
Stanford University
College Football Hall of Fame, 1951 (Bio)

Walter Chauncey Camp (April 7, 1859March 14, 1925) was a sports writer and American football coach known as the "Father of American Football". Along with John Heisman, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Glenn Scobey Warner, Fielding H. Yost, and George Halas, Camp was one of the most significant people in the history of American football. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (400x668, 45 KB) Walter Camp pictured as Yales Captain, 1878-79 - Project Gutenberg eText 18048 The Project Gutenberg EBook of Football Days, by William H. Edwards http://www. ... This List of colleges and universities in the United States includes colleges and universities in the U.S. that grant four-year baccalaureate and/or post-graduate masters and doctorate degrees. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... Year 1859 (MDCCCLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Nickname: Location within the state of Connecticut Coordinates: , NECTA Region Incorporated (town) 1850 Incorporated (city) 1870 Consolidated 1905 Government  - Type Mayor-council  - Mayor Timothy T. Stewart Area  - Total 34. ... is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... New York, New York redirects here. ... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... College Football Hall of Fame front. ... See also: 1950 in sports, other events of 1951, 1952 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Herb Thomas AAA Racing: Tony Bettenhausen won the series championship Lee Wallard won the Indianapolis 500 Formula One Championship - Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina 24 hours of... Walter Mason Camp (1867-1925) was a respected editor, author, railroad expert and historical researcher. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... Year 1859 (MDCCCLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... John Heisman John William Heisman (October 23, 1869 – October 3, 1936) was a prominent American football player and college football coach in the early era of the sport and is the namesake of the Heisman Trophy awarded annually to the seasons best college football player. ... Amos Alonzo Stagg (August 16, 1862 – March 17, 1965) was a renowned American collegiate coach in multiple sports, primarily football, and an overall athletic pioneer. ... Glenn Scobey Pop Warner in a 1997 USA Postage stamp. ... George Stanley Halas, Sr. ... An early American football team, from the turn of the twentieth century The history of American football, the most popular spectator sport in the United States,[1] can be traced to early versions of rugby football. ...


Camp was born in the city of New Britain, Connecticut, the son of Leverett L. and Ellen Cornwell Camp. He attended Hopkins Grammar School in New Haven, entered Yale College in 1876 and was graduated in 1880. At Yale he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Nickname: Location within the state of Connecticut Coordinates: , NECTA Region Incorporated (town) 1850 Incorporated (city) 1870 Consolidated 1905 Government  - Type Mayor-council  - Mayor Timothy T. Stewart Area  - Total 34. ... For the Minnesota school, see Hopkins Senior High School; for the university, see Johns Hopkins University. ... For other uses, see Yale (disambiguation). ... Year 1876 Pick up Sticks(MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1880 (MDCCCLXXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Delta Kappa Epsilon (ΔΚΕ; also pronounced D-K-E or Deke) is the oldest secret college mens fraternity of New England origin. ...


By the age of thirty-three, a scant twelve years after graduating from Yale, Walter Camp had already become known as the "Father of American Football". In a column in the popular magazine Harper's Weekly, sports columnist Caspar Whitney had applied the nickname; the sobriquet was appropriate because, by 1892, Camp had almost single-handedly fashioned the game of modern American football. Teresa Bagioli Sickles confession, 1859 Harpers Weekly (A Journal of Civilization) was an American political magazine based in New York City. ...


Rules Committee and Writing

For almost 50 yeaasdhrs, Camp served on the various collegiate football rules committees that developed the game of football during that time. His opinions, especially in his early years, ), and the introduction of the now standard offensive arrangement of players (a seven-man offensive line and a four-man backfield consisting of a quarterback, two halfbacks, and a fullback). Camp was also responsible for introducing the "safety", the awarding of two points to the defensive side for tackling a ball carrier in his own "end zone". This is significant as rugby union has no point value award for this action. But, as in rugby union, a free kick by the offense from its own 20-yard line (to change possession) occurs immediately following a safety. But Camp knew that developing the game was not enough; in order for it to catch on, the word had to spread. For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ...

Despite having a full-time job at the New Haven Clock Company and being an unpaid yet very involved advisor to the Yale football team, Camp wrote articles and books on football and also on sports in general. By the time of his death, he had written nearly 30 books and more than 250 magazine articles. His articles appeared in national periodicals such as Harper's Weekly, Collier's, Outing, Outlook, and The Independent, and in juvenile magazines such as St. Nicholas, Youth's Companion and Boys' Magazine. His stories also appeared in major daily newspapers throughout the United States. Teresa Bagioli Sickles confession, 1859 Harpers Weekly (A Journal of Civilization) was an American political magazine based in New York City. ...


According to his biographer, Richard P. Borkowski, "Camp was instrumental through writing and lecturing in attaching an almost mythical atmosphere of manliness and heroism to the game not previously known in American team sports."


Camp became one of the highest paid non-fiction writers in America, and he wrote to instruct Americans on his beloved game of football.


References

  • Ronald A. Smith, Sports and Freedom: The Rise of Big-Time College Athletics, (1990)

External links

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Walter Camp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1404 words)
Walter Chauncey Camp (April 7, 1859 – March 14, 1925) was a football coach known as the "Father of American Football".
Camp was born in the city of New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Leverett L. and Ellen Cornwell Camp.
Camp is interred at Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven, Connecticut.
Walter Camp History Page (864 words)
"Walter Camp was one of the giants of football in the United States.
For almost half a century, from 1876 until his death on March 14, 1925, this noble character was a prominent figure on the football scene and for most of the years he led in giving the game shape and character, and in setting and enforcing standards of fair play and sportsmanship.
It is for his qualities as a human being, his unselfishness, his sincerity, his leadership in the interests of sportsmanship and fair play---these are the facets of Walter Camp that made him respected and admired in whatever group he gathered.
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