Jamestown Evening Journal
by Parke H. Davis
October 4, 1927
Woodrow Wilson, Football Coach
In 1890 Professor Wilson transferred to Princeton. In 1912 he was a candidate for President and visited New Haven. Curiously his train arrived in New Haven on the anniversary of the day on which Wesleyan scored on Yale in 1889. In the long interval from 1889, to 1912 Wesleyan had not scored again on the Blue, but as Wilson's train pulled into the New Haven station, by some happy synchronism of fate, Wesleyan celebrated the arrival of their old football coach by again scoring on Yale. Wesleyan also contributed to football history an anecdote of Woodrow Wilson as a cheer leader. Wesleyan and Lehigh, two extraordinary teams for 1889, were battling on famous, old Hampden Park in Springfield. Lehigh was leading and forging forward to victory. Suddenly down from the Wesleyan bleachers came a man clad in a rain coat and rubber boots. Taking his place in front of the Wesleyan contingent he eloquently called upon them to cheer their team and he himself proceeded to lead the cheering. Wesleyan instantly rallied and tied the score, thereby saving Wesleyan from defeat. That cheer leader was Wesleyan's Professor of History and football leader, Woodrow Wilson.
(Tomorrow Night, Wilson as Coach at Princeton)
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