1926 Geneva College v. Harvard University Sideline Ticket

October 2, 1926 Geneva v. Harvard Sideline TicketPhoto Credit: Geneva College Athletic Department

October 2, 1926 Geneva v. Harvard Sideline Ticket
Photo Credit: Geneva College Athletic Department

This ticket belonged to William Tacey, a student at Geneva College during the 1920’s.  This ticket enabled him to be on the sideline with the Geneva football team during the game against Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  All artifacts of the “William Tacey Collection” are curated at Geneva College’s Athletic Department in Beaver Falls, PA.

On October 2, 1926 the Geneva College Covenanters traveled to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts to take on the Harvard Crimson.  Geneva would return to Beaver Falls victorious after defeating the Crimson by a score of 16-7.  Led by Coach Alvin “Bo” McMillin and All-American lineman Cal Hubbard the “Championship Eleven,” as they were known, posted an 8-2 record on the season, allowing them to reach the postseason in a game against Oglethorpe in Jacksonville, Florida.  They would win this game 9-7 and the 1926 football team would forever be cemented in Geneva College history.  Following the season much of the “Championship Eleven” dismembered as a result of graduation and Geneva College would fail to have a national impact for decades to come.  McMillin would continue having a successful career, leaving Geneva after the 1927 season to coach at Kansas State University and Indiana University at the collegiate levels and for the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles at the pro level and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 (Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, http://www.lasportshall.com/inductees/football/alvin-bo-mcmillin/).

After the 1926 season, All-American Cal Hubbard played professional football for nearly a decade before becoming an umpire for professional baseball.  He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1962, an initial member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963, and inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976.  Currently, he remains the only member of both the Pro Football and Baseball Halls of Fame (The State Historical Society of Missouri, http://shs.umsystem.edu/historicmissourians/name/h/hubbard/index.html).

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