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Amos Alonzo Stagg

  • Birth 16 Aug 1862 Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 17 Mar 1965 Stockton, San Joaquin County, California, USA
  • Burial Manteca, San Joaquin County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 969

Hall of Fame Football and Basketball Figure. One of the most innovative forces in sports history, he paved the way for modern football and basketball on both the collegiate and professional levels with his introduction of strategies and methods for which are commonplace today. Stagg was born in Orange, New Jersey and attended Yale University where he was a model student. He excelled at football and baseball, while receiving offers to play the later professionally. His coaching career was launched in 1890, initially at Springfield College (1890 to 1891), followed by the University of Chicago (1892 to 1932). While at the later, he coached both football and basketball in addition to serving as athletic director. His significant contribution to basketball was the usage of five players on the floor per-team. He guided the University of Chicago to seven Big Ten titles. He moved onto the College of Pacific (1933 to 1946) and at the conclusion of his football-coaching career, he totaled 314 wins. Among the many devised football options Stagg introduced include the end-around, man-in-motion, huddle and fake punt, to name a few. In addition, he is responsible for player uniform numbers. He is credited by many as being the inventor of the batting cage used in baseball. He was a charter member of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 as both a player and coach and was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959. Notre Dame legend Knute Rockne was once quoted as saying "All football comes from Stagg".

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 969
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Amos Alonzo Stagg (16 Aug 1862–17 Mar 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 969, citing Park View Cemetery and Funeral Home, Manteca, San Joaquin County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .