Yarvard Crimson Tide European Theater of Operations Football Championship Team 1942
Yarvard Crimson Tide at Ravenhill 1942
|Anton S Verbeck||Quarterback||0||0||0||0||0||165|
|John Henry||Wide receiver||1||0||0||0||0||-|
|1||Robert D Hopfer||Fullback||1||0||0||0||0||200|
|2||Armando Lopez||Right Halfback||0||0||0||0||0||180|
|3||Anton S Verbick||Left Halfback||0||0||0||0||0||165|
|4||Jay A Wright||Quarterback||1||0||0||1||0||185|
|5||James E Temenski||Right Halfback||0||0||0||0||0||198|
|6||Rush M Moore||Left Halfback||0||0||0||0||0||190|
|7||Paul W Dennis||Quarterback||0||0||0||0||0||155|
|8||Walter A Washburn||Fullback||0||0||0||0||0||230|
|9||Richard E Whalen||0||0||0||0||0||165|
|10||Atlee V Hummel||End||0||0||0||0||0||180|
|11||James B Bashman Jr||End||0||0||0||0||0||190|
|12||William F Eck||End||0||0||0||0||0||175|
|13||John L Wall||Guard||0||0||0||0||0||-|
|14||Leslie C Shultz||Guard||0||0||0||0||0||175|
|15||Paul A McGonigal||Tackle||0||0||0||0||0||-|
|17||Frederick D Fauls||Tackle||0||0||0||0||0||180|
|18||Frank A Femton||Tackle||0||0||0||0||0||185|
|19||Leroy M Jerles||Guard||0||0||0||0||0||190|
|20||Ralph W Moore||Tackle||0||0||0||0||0||190|
|21||John L Trunick Jr||Center||0||0||0||0||0||184|
|22||Joseph D Baxter||Guard||0||0||0||0||0||196|
|23||Edward Petrick||Left Halfback||0||0||0||0||0||190|
|24||Eugene E Heath||Tackle||0||0||0||0||0||180|
|25||George A Dupak||Fullback||0||0||0||0||0||195|
|26||Henry E Zentner||Center||0||0||0||0||0||175|
|27||Walter C Szymkowicz||Quarterback||0||0||0||0||0||175|
|28||Harvey J Kiser||Tackle||0||0||0||0||0||215|
|29||Charles R Renninger||Quarterback||0||0||0||0||0||150|
|30||Frank M Jaso||End||0||0||0||0||0||160|
|31||Thomas F Saxton||Guard||0||0||0||0||0||158|
|32||Leroy C Nyman||Center||0||0||0||0||0||185|
|33||Joseph B Wetzel||Tackle||0||0||0||0||0||170|
|34||Joseph J Kosolowski||Guard||0||0||0||0||0||180|
|35||Albert D Boshnett||Center||0||0||0||0||0||185|
The Yarvard team at Ravenhill in Belfast – the home of Ulster Rugby – played in the first ever known game of American Football in Ireland on 14 November 1942. The Crimson Tide as they were known as lost 7-9 to Hale Blue Devils in the first European Theater of Operations Football Championship, held over Autumn 1942. These players were among the first United States Military to arrive in Europe for World War II and Robert Hopfer scored a Touchdown for the Crimson Tide which was converted by Jay Wright to give them a 7-6 lead in the second quarter.
They were to lose the game in the end, however a week later in Inver Park, Larne, they defeated the Tech Fighting Irish 14-0 thanks to two Touchdowns from John Henry (a pass from Anton Verbeck) and Jay Wright (an interception return) either side of a safety scored when the Tide tackled Tech’s Quarterback in the endzone.
Note: For full Match Reports and scorers please click on the individual matches in the above list to be brought to the article on those games.
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 Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Post 22 August 2019: “ So this is the last of the photos in the archive, it’s of the Yarvard team at Sandy Bay, Larne Harbour on the 21st November 1942. “ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/photos/pcb.2260513057393170/2260507127393763/?type=3&theater [Accessed 23 August 2019]
 Belfast Blitzers | Faacebook (2019) Post 22 August 2019: “So this is the last of the photos in the archive, it’s of the Yarvard team at Sandy Bay, Larne Harbour on the 21st November 1942. “ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/photos/rpp.454643317980162/2260507354060407/?type=3&theater[Accessed 23 August 2019]
 Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Photo 22 August 2019 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/photos/pcb.2260513057393170/2260507127393763/?type=3&theater [Accessed 23 August 2019]
Thanks to Tim Leadingham (Tallaght Outlaws).
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