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MANSFIELD, OHIO was one of the more versatile athletes ss, being a member of the football and squads for two years and the lacrosse three. While on leave in his beloved "Punchy's" forays against the fair sex oke pall that would hang over the city . Never a savoir, "Stoop's" academic s were a continual source of amusement, occasionally his unorthodox methods the right answers. When the going gets arlie is a good man to have around e never gives up. Bob
MASSENA, NEW YORK Almost everyone thought that Massena was in Sicily until Bob had the chance to prove that it really is in New York State. Only the strong call of submarines could have taken this pugilistic Irishman from the banks of the Saint Lawrence. Bob never failed to take an interest in what went on about him and what happened to others, especially the gentler sex. A notorious sleeper, a diligent reader, spasmodic but unreliable Red Mike, and indefatigable conversationalist, whoever keeps company with Bob in future years will gain a real shipmate.
Plulo. MOULTRIE, GEORGIA Just call him Apey—Ape for short. He s an unreconstructed Ramb\\ Georgia Tech. He's a musician to the core—headed the NAio while playing a magnificent piano. He also sings and whistles, especially during study hours. Ape never took a strain academically—but then he didn't have to. He's a curious combination of laziness and energy, and fortunately he knows when to turn to with his all-out side. With has a brain, a body, a sense of humor, and showmanship; he'll be all right in whatever he does, whether it's leading a Dixieland band or pacing a flag deck.
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LACROSSE TEAM. First row: Comdr. Billing, Coach Lamond, Hubbard, Koch, Capt. Guy, Stiles, Ward, Brown, Coach Moore, Mgr. Young. Second row: Marmet, Boyar, Rogers, Hansen, Dodd, Gulp, Spicer, Cullman, Kulik,
Mathers. Third row: Evans, Burning, Goldsborough, Seccombe, McLean, Love, Teasley, Stevens, Kane, Anderson
Comdr. Billing Manager Young
Coaches Moore and Lamond
Capt. Charlie Guy
WE ALWAYS SHOOT FOR A STAR, and the ambitions of our 1944 Lacrosse squad were that high. A fine string of victories fell to the Navy team; in fact the slate was clean until Johns Hopkins visited Annapolis. That loss we were able to avenge some weeks later in a return engagement in Baltimore. At this point a close race developed with Army for the National Championship, the situation lending fire to an already warm rivalry. The climax was a red-hot game at West Point. Though the Blue and Gold fought like demons from Dante's Inferno, they couldn't cool the luck of the Kaydets. The results left Navy swearing revenge in '45. In 1945 the squad was out long before the snow had melted, to work out combinations for the attack, midfield play, and defense. Angie Lamond, coaching the defense men, organized a brilliant defense corps built around All-American Charlie Guy, Dave Barksdale, and Bill Gulp. Dinty's attackers were likewise experienced Hugh Cullman
men-Bill Graham, Adrian Back, Eli Kirk, Fred Koch, Mai Brown, Bruce Althoff, and John Houpt. It took no lacrosse expert to recognize another great team in the making.
The midfield had yet to be developed. There the potential strength seemed to be centered in some combination of the understudies of the graduates. Herb Stiles, George Mayo, Bob Welander, Bob Horner, and Hugh Cullman headed the available talent. "X" Ward and Walt Schirra, possessed with the stamina so essential to the game, were recognized contenders for first line positions in this division of the squad. Our goalie was one of the best in the nation, "Killer" Albright, a returning first string letterman. Few goals got by him last year, but he vowed that even less would pass him this season. A number of plebe and JV players rounded out the varsity squad. Jim Carrington, All-American from Cornell, joined the Navy ranks. Remaining JV first stringers included Ray Spicer, Bob Webster, Al Kulik, and Brian Kane.
Herb Stiles Freddy Koch Cracker Graham
Get the goalie
Ready . . .
The 1945 season presented a rising crescendo of hard fighting opponents to the Ham 'n Eggers. Maryland, Johns Hopkins, and the inevitable Army presented teams of skill and experience. Navy faced them with its one forteâ€”true power and spirit to match any advantage. The Army game, played on home grounds, brought the Regiment out in full force in an attempt to avenge the loss of the game and Championship last year.
The mad rush
A/a*? FOOTBALL "NAVY is THE TEAM to beat..." Sportscasters and coaches the nation over heralded us as the football team of the year, weeks before the season started. All Head Coach Oscar Hagberg, fresh from Pacific submarine duty, had to do was mold his plentiful material into about three teams. Since we already had been handed all the honors, we trotted onto the field for our first game completely confident of the outcome. However, the pink clouds on our football horizon quickly turned into stormy thunderheads and poured rain on our hopes as well as our field as North Carolina Pre-Flight out-muddled us. We met our Waterloo in the first encounter.
THE COACHES: First row: Thompson, Woerner, Foster, Siegel. Back row: Swartz, Powell, Head Coach Hagberg, Miller, Molesworth
Coach Hagberg Comdr. Baumberger
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1911 FOOTBALL SQUAD. First row: Walton, Bramlett, Gilliam, Whitmire, Deramee, Chase, Baker, Hansen, Sullivan, Barron, Jenkins, Duden. Second row: Comdr. Hagberg, Head Coach, Shofner, Radick, Larkin, Lord, Dwyer, Bandish, B. Martin, J. Martin, Guy, Finos, Pettit, Ellsworth, Boyd. Third row: Coppedge, Steves, Mac Phillips, Dale, Smith, Ambrogi, Kelley, Whittle, Fitzwilson, Smith, deGanahl. Fourth row: W 7 augh, LaLande, Lawrence, Riser, Turner, Griffiths, Carnahan, Owen, Barksdale, Scott, Hill, Markel. Fifth row: Snyder, Hamberg, Moore, S-chenk, Earley, McKnight, Bartos, Sorenson, Ambromitis, Siddons
Manager Paul The best team in the nation, the
In our next encounter we actually looked like the champions we were supposed to be. The third try found us squeezing past Duke by a narrow margin. The fourth battle was a heart-breaker; outplayed, outgained, but not outscored, Georgia Tech pulled the rabbit from the hat
Jenkins rips off 16 yards
FOURTEEN THOUSAND rain soaked and shivering spectators showed up in Thompson stadium to watch the debut of the much-vaunted Navy team. However, the bad weather failed to stop the spectacular passing of North Carolina's Otto Graham, and the Pre-Flighters hit pay dirt once in each of the three final periods. Bobby Jenkins restored the faith in our team when he regained control of a once-fumbled ball in the third period and literally fought his way down to the 9, after which plunging Joe Sullivan carried it over. Otto Graham was Navy's nemesis on this day, and he provided the final blow with a fieldrun lateral combination that brought his team their final
Vic Finos, '46 back
Capt. Ben Chase, '46 guard
Bill Barren, '47 back Johnny Baker, '46 center
Joe Sullivan, '46 back
Jack Martin, '46 center
55; Petui State THOMPSON STADIUM had its last game of the season, and a capacity crowd saw the vengeful Navy team trounce the Nittany Lions. We were out for a self -vindicating score that would be plenty lop-sided, and in no quarter did the Blue and Gold fail to chalk up more points. Exciting moments were plentifulâ€” Jim Pettit's 73 yard run for one of our early scores. Vic Finos came through with a fine job on the conversions, making a total of seven out of the eight possible. Avers of Penn gave the crowd a thrill when he sprinted for 73 yards after gathering in a Navy fumble. In this game, the Navy team began to look more like the outfit that the sports-writers had played up in pre-season dope as the most promising in the nation.
Bobby Jenkins, '47 AII-American back
John Dale, '46 guard
drive that came in the second quarter. It was an inexorable 57 yard march from the place where Hal first took Carver's punt, and Charley Guy rang up the points with an 18 yard sprint after gathering in Hamberg's pass. Vic Finos came through in great style with a 25 yard-line conversion, after the Navy team had been set back by a fumble. Five times the Devils threatened inside our 25, but the constant pressure of the Tar line spelled finis to every scoring attempt.
Eddie Lord, '46 guard Hamberg shoots a quick one to Guy
Gail Gilliam, '46 tackle
Ellsworth breaks loose for six points
"Smackover" Scott picks up 3 yards through center
Dick Duden, '47 back
OCTOBER ÂŁ!ST SAW THE Midshipmen gathered around their radios to listen to one of the most exciting struggles of the season. For 60 minutes of fast ball where anything could and did happen, they listened to a game that saw the lead change hands five times. Bob Jenkins grabbed the opening kick-off and galloped 83 yards for the first score. In the second quarter, the versatile Jackets came back to a 7-6 lead. After half time, a determined Navy team came on the field to build up a 13-7 margin of safety. However, an unfortunate pass interference gave Tech the ball on the 12 and again they took the lead. Leon Bramlett's behind-the-goal-line tackle then gave us two points and a slight margin, but this was not the end. Tech's Allen Bowen made good a field goal, and the game ended in a heart-breaking defeat for Navy, despite a Jenkins-and-Scott inspired drive for 71 yards that was ended two yards short of the goal.
back on their 10. A bad punt gave Navy the ball on the 21, and Scott bulled his way through to the inevitable score. Again in the third quarter and twice in the final period, Navy added points and built up its down-trodden reputation. With our stalwart line holding Penn to a minus 29 yards rushing, their 109 yards through the air meant little when stacked up against a Navy total of 348. The first class returned to the Academy happy in the knowledge that they had seen the real Navy team at work.
The first class took over Philly
> Lee Bramlett, '47 end
Swede Hansen, '46 end
Clyde Scott, '47 back
Barron drives on
Al Walton, '46 back
Barron meets Notre Dame's Kelley
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Bruce Smith, '47 back
THE ODDS WERE still against the "unpredictable" Navy team when we met the "Fightin' Irish" before sixty-five thousand eager fans in Baltimore. "The end of a Navy day" saw a score that indicated the worse beating Notre Dame had ever received from a Navy team. For the first time since 1936 and the fourth time in the 18 year old series, Navy rolled to victory over the Irish, and it was a happy bunch of Navy supporters that watched that game. Power drives by Bobby Jenkins and Clyde Scott through the center of the line, combined with Bill Barren's offtackle reverses and fake reverses paved the way for most of our scores. Notre Dame's Dancewicz gave us plenty of bad moments with his precision passing, as he managed to complete 15 out of 31 tries. Bob Kelley made both scores for the Irish but these two together could not make sufficient headway through a determined Navy line. Our backfield rolled up a startling total of 382 yards to prove by statistics that the overwhelming victory indicated by the score was absolutely correct Scott scoresâ€”Kelley bounces
Jenkins over tackle for a score
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Dave Barksdale, '46 back
Bo Coppedge, '47 tackle
AFTER NOTRE DAME, all thoughts were turned toward the forthcoming battle with Army. However, before then the Navy team still had to cope with two formidable opponents. In the Cornell game, Navy unleashed its aerial attack for the first time and managed to salt up a total of 48 points. The hard fighting Cornell eleven was just not able to stand the onslaught of the 59 players that took the field for Navy. An otherwise dull first half was sparked by Bobby Jenkins' pass to Ben Martin, and a short line plunge by Bobby that took the ball over for our first score. After mid-game time, Navy really came to life with a sixty-five yard march for the third tally. Bruce Smith made a neat lateral to Dick Duden that provided more points for the already lopsided score. The driving power of the subs kept the total going up until the final whistle blew. Finos splits the uprights
Ralph Ellsworth, '48 back
Chuck Riser, '47 guard
Fearless Fosdick was our guide
Ben Martin, '46 end
THE BOILERMAKERS were all set to provide plenty of hard opposition for the Navy team, but they were not able to stop the hard driving backs led by Hal Hamberg. Hal had been on the bench for a good part of the season due to a leg injury received in practice, but he was the leading ground gainer of the day as he picked up 97 yards through the Purdue line. They outweighed vis nine pounds to the man, but weight was not enough. Again the Navy attack was supported by aerial maneuvers as Ben Martin caught passes from Hamberg and Bruce Smith and trotted over the line for points. Charlie Riehl and Markel came in near the end of the game to form a passing combination that gave us the final score. The stalwart Navy line held Purdue down to 166 yards gained, while the Navy backs garnered a total of 434 yards. Hamberg breaks away for 20 yards
Bill arrived with Army guest
SPORTS WRITERS AND THE Treasury Department worked together to whip up interest for the most highly vaunted football clash of many a season. Two weeks before the game a White House order shifted the game from restricted Annapolis to Baltimore in the interest of the Sixth War Loan Drive. Seventy thousand fans paid fifty-eight million dollars to witness this spectacle which was to bring together for the first time since Pearl Harbor the Corps of Cadets and the Regiment of Midshipmen. Doug Rodgers' Pep Committee brought the feeling to a climax on the eve of the big game with a colorful rally in Tecumseh court, complete with flares, Bill IX, and all the trimmings. When the whistle blew to start the game,
Spirits ran high
Smith follows Scott through Army
Sons of slum and gravy
Admiral Beardall with General Wilby
23 there were plenty of loyal rooters for both Academies. Navy supporters were badly disappointed when Bobby Jenkins hurt his leg in the first few minutes and was carried from the field. Another set-back followed when Don Whitmire wrenched his knee and was forced from the fray. Army showed their power in the first quarter by driving for the initial score. After half-time, the navy backfield came forth with a 75-yard juggernaut push that culminated in 7 points. Hamberg and Scott continually sparked a team that kept driving into Army territory. However, the never-say-die spirit of the Tars was not quite enough to stem the Kaydet tide. The final whistle officially gave Army its first victory over Navy in six years.
The Corps of Cadets
Army was hard to stop
REGIMENTAL STAFF Masich, Welander, Gulp, Regimental Commander Martin, Mayes, Barcus, Enyart, Allen.
Ray, Barksdale, Nasipak, B a t t a l i o n Commander Duncan, Upthegrove, Robertson, Ferguson.
Walsh, Peak, Knape, Battalion Commander Bryce, Hartley, Doughty, LaLande.
Battalion Commander: W. F. Engel, Jr. Second row: J. W. Currie, G. O. Dutton. Third row: W. J. Weber, Jr., H. G. Dudley, W. C. Nicklas, Jr.
C. H. Guy
Fourth Company R. H. Knight
Third Company P. B. Richards