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Georgia Bulldogs football under Charles McCarthy

Charles McCarthy coached the Georgia Bulldogs for two seasons: 1897 and 1898. Over the course of those two seasons, he led the Bulldogs to a combined 6–3 record, including back-to-back victories over Georgia Tech.

1897 Season

1897 Georgia Bulldogs football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1897 record 2–1 (2–0 SIAA)
Head coach Charles McCarthy
Home stadium Herty Field
1897 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt 3 0 0     6 0 1
Georgia 2 0 0     2 1 0
Auburn 2 0 1     2 0 1
Central 1 0 0     1 0 0
North Carolina 3 1 0     7 3 0
Tennessee 1 1 0     4 1 0
Nashville 1 1 0     1 1 0
Clemson 0 2 0     2 2 0
Kentucky 0 2 0     2 4 0
Sewanee 0 3 1     1 3 1
Georgia Tech 0 1 0     0 1 0
Cumberland 0 1 0     0 1 0
Mercer 0 1 0     0 1 1
Texas 0 0 0     6 2 0
Alabama 0 0 0     1 0 0
LSU 0 0 0     1 1 0
Southwestern Presbyterian            
† – Conference champion

The 1897 Georgia Bulldogs football team competed as a member of the SIAA for the 1897 college football season and completed the season with a 2–1 record. In the 1897 season, Georgia beat Georgia Tech for the first time and met both Clemson and Virginia for the first time. This was the Georgia Bulldogs' first season under the guidance of head coach Charles McCarthy.

It was in the Virginia game of 1897 that tragedy struck the Georgia Bulldogs. In the second half of that game, a Georgia fullback named Richard Vonalbade ("Von") Gammon, was fatally injured in a play. In reaction to his death, the Georgia, Georgia Tech and Mercer football teams disbanded, the Atlanta Journal ran a headline proclaiming, the "Death Knell of Football" and the Georgia legislature passed a bill to outlaw football in the state of Georgia. As the bill sat on the desk of Georgia Governor William Yates Atkinson, a letter that Gammon's mother, Rosalind Burns Gammon, had written to the state legislature was revealed. In her letter, she pleaded with the legislators not to pass the bill because her son so loved football. As a result reading her letter, Governor Atkinson vetoed the bill to ban football in Georgia.

Date Opponent Site Result
Georgia Bulldogs - 1897 Season[1]
October 9 Clemson Herty FieldAthens, GA W 24–0  
October 23 Georgia Tech Herty Field • Athens, GA (Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate) W 28–0  
October 30 Virginia* Piedmont ParkAtlanta, GA L 4–17  
*Non-conference game. Homecoming.

1898 Season

1898 Georgia Bulldogs football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1898 record 4–2 (3–2 SIAA)
Head coach Charles McCarthy
Home stadium Herty Field
1898 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
North Carolina § 6 0 0     9 0 0
Sewanee § 3 0 0     4 0 0
LSU 1 0 0     1 0 0
Auburn 2 1 0     2 1 0
Georgia 3 2 0     4 2 0
Clemson 1 1 0     3 1 0
Tulane 1 1 0     1 1 0
Vanderbilt 1 2 0     1 5 0
Texas 0 1 0     5 1 0
Virginia Tech 0 1 0     3 2 0
Davidson 0 1 0     1 1 0
Ole Miss 0 1 0     1 1 0
Nashville 0 2 0     0 2 0
Georgia Tech 0 3 0     0 3 0
Kentucky 0 0 0     7 0 0
Cumberland            
Southwestern Presbyterian            
§ – Conference co-champions

The 1898 Georgia Bulldogs football team competed as a member of the SIAA for the 1898 college football season and compiled a 4–2 record. The team got off to 4–0 start that included a second straight victory over Georgia Tech, but finished with losses to Auburn and North Carolina. 1898 also marked the first time the Bulldogs beat Vanderbilt in three tries. This was the team's second and final season under the guidance of head coach Charles McCarthy.

Date Opponent Site Result
Georgia Bulldogs - 1898 Season[2]
October 8 Clemson Herty FieldAthens, GA W 20–8  
December 15 Atlanta A. C.* Herty Field • Athens, GA W 14–0  
October 22 Georgia Tech Herty Field • Athens, GA (Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate) W 15–0  
October 29 Vanderbilt Atlanta, GA W 4–0  
November 12 North Carolina Macon, GA L 0–44  
November 24 vs. Auburn Atlanta (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) L 17–18  
*Non-conference game. Homecoming.

References

  1. ^ "Georgia 1897 results". georgiadogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  2. ^ "Georgia 1898 results". georgiadogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  • Reed, Thomas Walter (1949). Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press. History of the University of Georgia; Chapter XVII: Athletics at the University from the Beginning Through 1947 imprint pages 3441-3445
  • This Day in Georgia History: October 30, Ed Jackson and Charly Pou, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, The University of Georgia
  • This Day in Georgia History: November 11, Ed Jackson and Charly Pou, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, The University of Georgia
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