Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 08:35:49 -0500
From: Larry Horn laurence.horn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALE.EDU
Subject: All-America teams
Barry, in reference to your auto-suggestion...
College football is over. I have yet to trace the origin of All-
America(n)--maybe I'll visit the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio one of
these days. Spalding football guides began in 1903, but collegiate football
guides began in 1883. The All America teams probably started in the 1890s.
This is from the Asbury Park Daily Press, Gossip of the Gridiron by E.
G. Westlake, 24 November 1899, pg. 3, col 5:
be forwarned that what Canton, Ohio houses is just the Professional
Football Hall of Fame. I was dere, Charley. I believe there is a college
football HOF too, but I don't know where. Not that the Pro Football HOF
wouldn't provide lots of interesting cites too, of course... (The
Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. on the other hand is for both
college and pro hoops.)