Centre College Intercollegiate Athletic Records, 1890-1999


The collection represents various sports Centre has offered, including programs, schedules, manuscripts and related materials. Football has been the most documented sport offered at Centre consisting of football programs from 1919 to the present. The files of (Thomas) Briscoe Inman who served in various capacities as athletic director and coach of football, basketball, wrestling, golf, and baseball from 1952-1977, provide a wealth of information concerning sports at Centre during the last three decades. Organized sports at Centre date from 1891, when the college proudly dedicated its new Boyle-Humphrey Gymnasium, and hired Walter D. Berry as "Instructor in Physical Culture."

Descriptive Summary

Centre College Intercollegiate Athletic Records, 1890-1999
Centre College
9.6 linear feet, 6 boxex, 27 volumes
Centre College--Athletics
Centre College--Football--History
College sports--Kentucky--Danville
Inman, Briscoe
Arranged alphabetically by topic.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Processed by John LeDoux; machine-readable finding aid created by:Thomas Enneking
Centre College

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The first organized athletic contests waged by Centre appear to be the football games with TransylvaniaUniversity in 1879 and 1880. A Transylvania Student from Australia had seen the game played in England, andinterested his fellow students in the game. Transylvania ordered a ball and a rule book, and promptly issued achallenge to Centre. Centre accepted - provided of course Transylvania would be sportsmanlike and send thema rule book also.
Centre's first organized team play began, however, in 1891 when games were scheduled with the LouisvilleAthletic Club, Central University (Richmond) and the "State College" (University of Kentucky). Throughout the1890's and into the early 20th century, Centre continued to build a football dynasty, culminating in the "PrayingColonels" glory years from 1917 to the mid-1920's when the college became one of the nation's footballpowerhouses. During those years, Centre met such modern day powers as Harvard ; Auburn; Clemson; TexasAgricultural & Mechanical; Tulane; Arizona; Georgia; Alabama; Michigan State; and Tennessee, and defeated many of them. ThePraying Colonels glory years began with Centre alumnus "Chief" Robert L. Myers returning to his alma mater ashead coach. Myers recruited such greats as Bo McMillan, Matty Bell, Sully Montgomery, Red Weaver, and BillJanee from a Fort Worth high school where he had coached. These players, along with Red Roberts, formedthe nucleus of the team. Myers accepted the post of athletic director, and "Uncle Charlie" Moran arrived in 1917to lead the Colonels to some of their most memorable triumphs, including Centre's defeat of Harvard onOctober 29, 1921 - still regarded as one of the one of the greatest football upsets of the century. Centrecontinued to field fine football teams, though by the 1930's the college began to de-emphasize its prominenceas a football power, and later ceased awarding athletic scholarships.
In 1962 Centre became a founding member of the College Athletic Conference, a conference of schools thatbelieved intercollegiate sports should not offer athletic scholarships, and offered competition in football, soccer,cross-country, basketball, baseball, golf, track and tennis.
Though football has been the most documented sport offered at Centre, it is by no means the only one.Organized sports at Centre seem to date from 1891, when the college proudly dedicated its newBoyle-Humphrey Gymnasium, and hired Walter D. Berry as "Instructor in Physical Culture." Centre offeredcompetition in track, tennis, gymnastics, and of course baseball, where the college produced a number ofpennant winning teams.
Scope and Content
The collection has been divided into sub-groups representing the various sports Centre has offered, in additionto files of athletic directors such as Robert L. Myers and Briscoe Inman. The sub-groups for baseball andfootball constitute the largest share of the materials and each has been divided by series, with each seriescontaining a different type of document. The single largest series consists of football programs from 1919 to thepresent.
This collection consists for the most part of programs, schedules, manuscripts and related materials. Additionswill be made to this collection on a regular basis, as current sports materials are forwarded to the archives. Itshould be noted that a recent addition - the files of (Thomas) Briscoe Inman (who served in various capacitiesas athletic director and coach of football, basketball, wrestling, golf, and baseball from 1952-1977), provide awealth of information concerning sports at Centre during th e last three decades. The inventory for the InmanPapers consists of a container listing of subject files, though an addendumhas been added, providing explanations behind some of the subject titles on the list.

Contents of the Collection

CC-10.1 Basketball

Series A Programs

Basketball team programs, programs from tournament, 1928-1979

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Basketball team programs, programs from tournament, 1980-date

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Series B Miscellaneous

Basketball team rosters, records and statistics, individual players

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Basketball media guides, 1962-1980

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Basketball team schedules, undated and dated, 1955-1975

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Miscellaneous papers concerning basketball (including training tips), undated, 1925-1969

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CC-10.2 Fall Sports

Miscellaneous materials concerning fall sports, including season tickets, sports schedules and programs, media guides, NCAA collegiate championship handbook for soccer and cross country, 1979

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CC-10.2.1 Men's Soccer

Miscellaneous material, 1982-present

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CC-10.3 Football

Series A Football Programs

Centre College football programs, 1919-1971

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Pre-1940 programs:

Centre vs. Tennessee1919

West Virginia vs. Centre Nov. 8, 1919

Centre vs. StateNov. 15, 1919

Harvard vs. CentreOct. 23, 1920

Kentucky vs. CentreNov. 13, 1920

Texas Christian UniversityJan. 1, 1921

Harvard vs. CentreOct. 19, 1921

Centre vs. Washington & LeeNov. 19, 1921

Football BanquetDec. 9, 1921

BanquetDec. ?, 1921

Centre vs. University of KentuckyNov. 4, 1922

Football BanquetJan. 6, 1922

Centre vs. Virginia PolytechnicOct. 14, 1922

Kentucky State vs. CentreNov. 3, 1923

Centre vs. University of KentuckyNov. 1, 1924

University of Georgia vs. CentreNov. 29, 1924

University of Kentucky vs. CentreOct. 31, 1925

Centre vs. University of KentuckyNov. 20, 1926

Centre vs. WabashNov. 8, 1930

Centre vs. Western Ky. TeachersOct. 3, 1931

Centre vs. Mercer UniversityOct. 31, 1931

Centre vs. Murray State Teachers CollegeSept. 24, 1932

Centre vs. TransylvaniaOct. 8, 1932

Centre vs. University of MississippiNov. 16, 1935

Centre vs. Birmingham-SouthernOct. 17, 1936

Centre vs. Oglethorpe UniversityOct. 2, 1937

Centre vs. Davidson CollegeOct. 23, 1937

Centre vs. ArmyOct. 7, 1939

Centre College football programs, 1972-date

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Series B Miscellaneous Football

Records of Centre College football teams, 1879-1984, list of head football coaches, 1879-1980

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Manuscripts and articles concerning the history of Centre College football

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Manuscripts and articles concerning the history Praying Colonels and the Centre Harvard games

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W Dorant Berry correspondence (Physical Director, 1891-1894), 1893-1894

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Media Guides, team rosters, team statistics, date booklets, 1919-1972

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Media Guides, team rosters, team statistics, date booklets, 1974-1975

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Media Guides, team rosters, team statistics, date booklets, 1976-1977

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Media Guides, team rosters, team statistics, date booklets, 1978-1979

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Media Guides, team rosters, team statistics, date booklets, 1980-1981

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Media Guides, team rosters, team statistics, date booklets, 1981-1984

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Football game and season tickets, undated, 1921-1969; team schedules, 1908-1960, 1991-date

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News releases, miscellaneous materials concerning College Athletic Conference and football, undated, 1977-date

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Miscellaneous correspondence concerning football, 1973

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Miscellaneous materials concerning other CAC football teams, 1971-1978

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Miscellaneous Centre football materials, including a diagrammed football play from the 1890's, training tips and duties of various positions. Ticket to Centre-Transy game Nov. 16, 1929, Centre-UPI Nov. 16, 1940, Centre-Washington and LeeNov. 5, 1938-gift of Al Mead, Georgetown-Centre Thanksgiving Day Game announcement

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Miscellaneous invoices concerning football equipment and games, Sept. 12, 1922-Jan. 10, 1923

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Series C Football Volumes

Brown, John Y., Sr. Legend of the Praying Colonels

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Haughton, Percy D. Football, and How to Watch It. Contains photos from the Centre-Harvard games, 1920, 1921

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Haughton, Percy D. How to Watch and Understand Football. Written by the coach of the Harvard team, 1908-1916, this volumes contains photos from the Centre-Harvard game, 1920

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Those Prayin' Colonels, 25th Reunion of the 1955 Centre Football team, October 17, 18, 1980

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College Football; modern record book, 1972

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NCAA Championships Handbook: Football, 1979

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CC-10.4 Sports - Miscellaneous

Sports miscellaneous. Includes: Centre season tickets; constitutions of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Association, 1914, and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, 1926; lists of names of donors to boxes in Centre College stadium with a letter, August 4, 1936 (prior to the elimination of those boxes); Centre sports related programs; Intramural Sports Handbook, >1910-1983; ticket register, State-Centre Football game, Lexington, Kentucky, 1924

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Sports miscellaneous. Includes: College Athletic Conference results and records, 1969-1970 and 1981-1972; Centre College Athletic Handbook, 1972; Centre College letterman, 1973-1974; pamphlets discussing athletics at Centre, 1976-1981. "Centre College Athletic Board of Control" letterhead stationary; NCAA Collegiate Championships, 1970, 1973, 1976-1977, 1978-1979; "History of Sports at Centre" (beginning dates), 1985; summary of C.A.C. championships 1962-1963 - 1977-1978; C.A.C. Spring Sports Festival, 1977-1978; Intercollegiate athletic programs, 1976-1977; 1977-1978; 1978-1979

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Series B Athletic Letters/Certificates Awarded

Allen, Frank - Football 1917

Bell, Madison - Football, Basketball 1917-1918

Davis, Allen - Basketball 1918

Davis, W.T. - Track 1927

Ervin, Joe - Track 1918

Glein, Franklin - Football

Green, James E. - Football 1923

Hudgins, Hope - Football 1923

James, William - Track 1918

Leather, John Allen, Jr. - Baseball, Basketball 1925

Lemon, Clifton W. - Football, Baseball 1922-1923

McMillin, Alvin Nuggent - Football, Basketball, Baseball 1919-1920

McMillin, Bo - Track, Football, Basketball 1917-1918

Moran, Thomas - Football

Ogden, Robert - Track 1918

Rubarth, Frank - Football 1922

Snowday, Terry H. Football, Basketball 1922-1923

Spurlock, Albert - Football 1923

Tate, T.B. - Basketball, Football 1917-1918

VanAntwerp, H. - Football

Walden, Julian - Basketball, Track 1918

Walden, William J. - Basketball, Track 1919-1920

CC-10.5 Spring Sports

Schedules, programs, media guides for Spring sports, 1873, 1949-1966

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Schedules, programs, media guides for Spring sports, 1969-1992

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Schedules, miscellaneous materials for baseball team, undated, 1909

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Schedules, media guides for baseball team, 1973-1975; Centre baseball: historic highlights

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Miscellaneous schedules, media guides for golf team, 1975-1983; Historic highlights

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Miscellaneous schedules, results, rosters, for tennis team, 1973-1975; Men's tennis: historic highlights

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Programs for track and field events, 1893, 1927-1929

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Miscellaneous track and field materials, undated, and dated 1922-1983; Men's track: historic highlights

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CC-10.6 Swimming and Water Sports

Miscellaneous materials concerning the swim team, water sports, and Boles Natatorium

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CC-10.7 Winter Sports

Winter sports schedules for men's and women's basketball, swimming and wrestling, 1968-1983. Media guide, 1986/1987-1987/1988

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CC-10.8 Women's Athletics

Miscellaneous materials concerning women's athletics

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Miscellaneous materials concerning women's basketball, individual players

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Women's basketball team programs, programs from tournaments, 1975-date

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Miscellaneous materials concerning women's Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, 1983-1992

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Miscellaneous materials concerning women's softball, 1982-1983

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Miscellaneous materials concerning women's tennis, 1981-1982

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Miscellaneous materials concerning women's track, 1982-1983

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Baird, Kitty Rogers. Women in Physical Education and Sports at Centre College, 1854-1978

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CC-10.9 Robert L. Myers Papers

Correspondence, Robert L. Myers, Director of Athletics, 1920-1922

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CC-10.10 Briscoe Inman Papers

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All Sports Banquet

Athletic Awards

Athletic Committee

Athletic Inventories

Athletic Policies

Baseball Statistics, 1948

Basketball Statistics, 1952-1974

Basketball Statistics, Cumulative

Boles Natatorium

Budget, 1965-1966

Budget, 1967-1969

Budget, 1969-1970

Budget, 1970-1971

Budget, 1971-1972

Budget, 1972-1973

"C" Club

College Athletic Conference - Constitution & Bylaws

College Athletic Conference - Minutes

College Athletic Conference - Miscellaneous

College Athletic Conference - Results, 1960's

College Athletic Conference - Results, 1970's

College Athletic Conference - Results, 1962-1973

College Athletic Conference - Tournaments, May 8-10, 1969

College Athletic Conference - Trophies

Conditioning Program

Correspondence - Centre President

Correspondence - Miscellaneous

Danville High School

Equipment Orders - Golf, 1971-1974

Equipment Orders - Men, 1968-1969

Equipment Orders - Men, 1969-1970

Equipment Orders - Women, 1968-1970

Equipment Orders - Wrestling, 1971-1975

Evaluation Sheets, 1974

Fetterman, John

Football Reunion, 1955

Football Statistics, 1956

Football - Defensive Statistics, 1974-1975

Football - Defensive Statistics, 1976

Football - Miscellaneous

Football Playbook

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Golf - Rules

Golf, 1966-1967

Golf, 1968

Golf, 1968-1969

Golf, 1969-1970

Golf, 1971

Golf, 1972-1973

Golf, 1974

Golf, 1975

Golf, 1976


Intramurals - Softball, 1973-1974

Intramurals - Softball, 1975-1976

Intramurals - Softball, 1977

Intramurals - Volleyball, 1973-1974

Intramurals - Volleyball, 1975-1976

Intramurals - Volleyball, 1977

K.W.I.C. - Basketball Tournament, 1977

Letter Orders


National Collegiate Athletic Association - Pamphlets

Physical Education - Courses

Physical Education - Miscellaneous

Physical Education - Proposed Program, 1977

Physical Fitness Charts

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Team Records, 1952-1953

Team Records, 1953-1954

Team Records, 1954-1955

Team Records, 1955-1956

Team Records, 1956-1957

Team Records, 1957-1958

Team Records, 1958-1959

Team Records, 1959-1960

Team Records, 1960-1961

Team Records, 1961-1962

Team Records, 1962-1963

Team Records, 1963-1964

Team Records, 1964-1965

Team Records, 1965-1966

Team Records, 1966-1967

Team Records, 1967-1968

Team Records, 1968-1969

Team Records, 1969-1970

Team Records, 1970-1971

Team Records, 1971-1972

Team Records, 1972-1973

Team Records, 1973-1974

Team Records, 1974-1975

Team Records, 1975-1976

Team Records, 1976-1977

Team Records, 1977-1978

Wrestling, 1970-1971

Wrestling, 1971-1972

Wrestling, 1972-1973

Wrestling medical exams, 1973-1974

Wrestling, 1974

Wrestling physicals, 1974-1975

Wrestling, 1975

Wrestling, 1976

Wrestling physicals

CC-10.11 Sports Newsletters/News Releases

Football Parents Newsletter, 1981-1983

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Colonel's Report, 1983-1986

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Colonel's Report, 1991-1993

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News releases, 1990-1993

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