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Western Championship, Michigan at Marshall Field, 1905.
Western Football Championship of 1905

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College Football Coach Amos Alonzo Stagg Retired
September 16, 1960

Stagg is credited with the use of dummies for tackling practice and introducing several plays that have become basic to football. If you are a football fan, you may be familiar with the "end-around play," the "shift," and the "man in motion." These are all plays that Stagg developed during the 41 years he coached at the University of Chicago. Innovations like these helped Stagg lead his team to victory at six Western Conference (later called the Big Ten) championship games, including the one in the photograph.

Stagg is so closely associated with football that many forget he was one of the first to play the new game of basketball. He even participated in the first intercollegiate basketball game in 1896. What new sport could you be among the first to play?

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