“In 1909, St. Mary’s University, then known as St. Louis College, organized its first football team. Coached by a group of priests, the early years of the program were met with unfavorable results. From 1911-1915, St. Louis College went without a win, losing games by wide margins with scores 50-0 and 80-0 being commonplace.”[Thanksgiving Throwback: Football at St. Mary’s, General 11/24/2016 3:46:00 AM RattlerAthletics.com San Antonio, TX, by Brian Magloyoan St. Mary’s Athletics Communications, http://rattlerathletics.com/news/2016/11/24/general-thanksgiving-throwback-football-at-st-mary-s.aspx]
“After graduation in 1915, Second Lieutenant Eisenhower requested an assignment in the Philippines, which was denied. He served initially in logistics and then the infantry at various camps in Texas and Georgia until 1918. In 1916, while stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Eisenhower was football coach for St. Louis College, now St. Mary’s University.” [Eisenhower: The President Ambrose Soldier and President, New York: Simon and Schuster]
[Magloyhoan contnued] “After leading the Peacock Military Academy to a winning season in his first year as head coach in 1915, U.S. Army Lieutenant Dwight D. Eisenhower was named the new St. Louis College head football coach in 1916. He made an immediate impact, leading the squad to a tie in his first game at the helm. The next five games saw even better results as St. Louis College reeled of five consecutive victories, en route to a 5-1-1 record.”
“The team’s quarterback, Jim Sweeney, said, we respected him from the time he showed up until he left. He was very frank and honest, and we learned more about honor and discipline from him than we did anywhere else.”
“A fixture at all the games, Mamie Eisenhower, Dwight’s wife, was the team’s biggest supporter. She would go on to become the only female in the history of St. Mary’s to be honored with a football letter. We fought as much for Mamie and the Douds (her parents who also attended the games) as we did the school,” Sweeney said.
John Clark “Mose” Simms was an avid sports aficionado. Many regarded him a guru because he was very very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about sports, especially high school and college football. The following is a brief description of Mose simms accomplishments.
“In March of 1931, St. Mary’s announced the discontinuation of the football program due to the rising cost of expenses caused by the Great Depression. However, football still remained on campus as a club team.
When Bones Irvin departed 2 years later to coach at Texas A&M St. Mary’s football history ended.
In the March 24, 1933 edition of ‘The Rattler’, the school newspaper, student council encouraged the return of Athletics.
The following year, President Rev. Alfred H. Rabe announced that St. Mary’s would return to intercollegiate competition in the 1935-36 academic year.
Spearheading the revival of the program was John Clark “Mose” Simms.
“A graduate of San Marcos Baptist Academy, Simms loved sports and had long dreamed of owning his own football team,” a newspaper article stated.
Simms would negotiate a deal with the University where he would field football and basketball teams in return for tuition, dormitory space and books for players.
With Simms at the helm, the Rattlers developed a team of players mostly from Texas and out-of-state and some student-athletes who had left larger schools. Simms, the ultimate goal was to gain national notoriety for St. Mary’s.
According to Simms, the best way for St. Mary’s to gain recognition across the country was “to make the team as flamboyant as possible.” Simms was a masterful marketier.
Though the school’s colors being gold and blue, Simms dressed the players in red, white and blue uniforms in honor of the Texas Centennial of 1936 and played with a red, white and blue ball during their home games.
“Struggling to schedule games at home, Simms and the Rattlers would head on the road to play games from New Hampshire to California, often scheduling games while on the road. One week in 1935, the Rattlers played three games in a seven-day stretch throughout California against the University of San Francisco, Santa Barbara State and the San Diego Marines.”
“A media darling, Simms would regularly hold his press conferences in the reporters’ favorite bars. The move paid off, as the Rattlers regularly headlined the sports pages in the days leading up to games.”
National Fame and the War That Ended It
“In addition to their unique playing attire, St. Mary’s became known for their method of transportation. Logging an estimated 50,000 miles over five years, the Rattlers would travel on a 53-seat double-decker bus, Simms painted blue, and named the “Blue Goose” with the words, “St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas. Where sunshine spends the winter,” labeled on the side.”
1940 was the last season under Simms. St. Mary’s put together one final team for the 1941 season under the direction of Lloyd Russell. In the last intercollegiate football game in St. Mary’s history, the Rattlers fell to Mississippi Southern, 7-0. St. Mary’s would discontinue the program after the 1941 season due to the United States’ involvement in World War II.
St. Mary’s Football has faded into a distant memory, and has turned into an almost mythological fable. Please see the complete article in reference: [Thanksgiving Throwback: Football at St. Mary’s, General 11/24/2016 3:46:00 AM RattlerAthletics.com San Antonio, TX, by Brian Magloyoan St. Mary’s Athletics Communications, http://rattlerathletics.com/news/2016/11/24/general-thanksgiving-throwback-football-at-st-mary-s.aspx]
Sports advocate and enthusiist, John Clarke (Mose) Simms, one of the noted promoters of his time. He was a man with a mission. Mose was determined to make successful his high school All-America football game although he lost large amounts of money during the process.
High schools and colleges tried to disrupt his All-America games, probably for their ouwn selfish control and profit.
High schools, their athletic associations and the NCAA istituted rules that college coaches could not handle all-star schoolboy teams. Mose got coaches the high schools and NCAA couldn’t control.
Then the high schools got the NCAA to pass rules forbidding high school graduates from playing in all-star games unless they wanted to forfeit a year of college eligibility.
Mose just held his game before high school was out and the seniors weren’t graduates, so they didn’t fall under the NCAA ban.
Mose was determined not to let high schools, athletic associations and the NCAA control and profit form All-American games, which he knew would become prejudiced, jepordized and political.
Moses believed the All-American game, with student athletes selected by multiple states committees would be “a good thing for the schoolboys”. They would benefit from the travel and play in a game labeled ‘All America.”
Mose was very devoted to the game and directed the All-America game for the benefit ot the student atheletes entirely. It was student athlete centered.
“It’s quite something in their lives, Mose pays the boy’s transportation and living quarters, insures them against injury, gives them participation awards. He was very careful to guarantee no student athlete was exploited. This reporter played in the HSAA Football Game, Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauterdale FL, May 1961 (1960 HS Football Season). This reporter was named the game’s Most Valuable Offense Player.
The air travel, modern, motel accomodations were first rate, training table and meals were excellent and planned off-the-field dances, parties and tours were tremendous experiences.
Practices, games, coaches and entire event were fun, educational, athlete-centered, ethical, rewarding eperiences and no athlete was exploited. My parents and family are extremely particular, conservative, religious people and don’t tolerate foolishness and ‘tend to business’. The 1960-1961 Mose Simms, Wigwam Wiseman HSAA game was top notch, all business.
Athlete safety was carefully maintained. Medical doctors and trainers were in attendance. ‘Horse-play’ and ‘Tom-foolery’ were not tolerated. Bed-checks and strict supervision were implemented.
“Simms held 14 games starting in 1949, he inaugurated it in Corpus Christi, until 1963. He relied on the Wigwam Wiseman of America, the sponsoring benefactor, to subsidize the games, because revenue generated by the games was insufficient.
Mose played football at Moody High School, San Marcos Baptist Academy, freshman football at Baylor, Centenary and Washington State, and knew the hard work and dedication that student athletes require to be successful football players. He firmly believed the Wigwam Wiseman High School All-America game was physically and psychologically beneficial for the student athletes.
Mose Simms’ led an interesting life, had many occupations and many football experiences detailed in the articles referenced in this report. [Corsicana Daily, Sun from Corsicana, Texas · Page 41 May 31, 1962]
In 1947 John Clark “Mose” Simms, the athletic director of Oklahoma City University, took leave-of-absence to organize a high school football game between the best players east and west of the Mississippi River. To choose the players he wrote to 134 sports editors and writers from nominations.
After evaluating the submissions, and visiting some of the high schools of nominated players, he chose 44 to play in that game and be designated as the first high school All-American Team.
From 1947 through the early 1960’s (this reporter believed he played in the last official game in May, 1961) an organization headed by Simms known as the Wigwam Wiseman picked an All-American team and published the results in the national sports weekly “The Sporting News”. From the original 4 deep teams, the list was eventually expanded to seven teams of 13 players.
In most of those years the nominations exceeded 5,000 players. Some that didn’t make one of the squads were designated as Honorable Mention Wigwam Wiseman All-Americans. Those honorable mention lists for the most part are lost in time.
The greatest honor a high school football player could receive during the years of the Wigwam Wiseman was to be named to their team.
The purpose of this post is to collect all the Wigwam Wiseman All-American teams. All teams will be apprecitated for addition to this post.
This reporter was named to the 1960-1961 academic year Sporting News, Wigwam Wisemen and the Scholastic Magazine High School All American Team.
The Magazines and Newpapers, who endorsed and announced the High School All-America Teams (HSAAT) from all 50 states from 1947 to 1961 were the following: Wigwam Wisemen, Senior Scholastic, Teen Magazine, Kick-Off.
In 1973 Parade Magazine began publishing the High School All-American Team.
During the 1947 to 1961 timeline the HSAAT teams vacillated from one sponsor magazine and group to another. The published team list of players was varialbe and incomplete.
During the short period from 1958 to 1962, the principle National High School All-America Football Team certificate as selected by the Wigwam Wisemen of America and The Sporting News, a black-and-white newsprint with staid graphics, was organized by Mose Simms and signed by J.T. Taylor Spink, publisher of The Sporting News. This reporter’s certificate was dated January 1961 (for the season 1960).
The 1958 to 1962 publications, announcement and HSAA Games were will organized and histories well preserved.
“The Sporting News was founded in 1886 by Alfred H. Spink, a director of the St. Louis Browns and former writer for the Missouri Republican daily newspaper. Al Spink had long turned it over to his brother, first hiring Charles as business manager, then selling his stock, and finally departing from writing and editorial work in 1899 (Cooper 1996). His son, J. G. Taylor Spink, took over in 1914 and gradually added coverage of other sports as well.
For most of its first century existence, it was the only vehicle for serious sports fans to follow teams from around the nation.
J. G. Taylor Spink died in 1962. The Spink family continued to own TSN until selling it to Times Mirror in 1977. In the mid-1980s, the company began publishing annual previews for professional and college football, professional and college basketball, baseball, and hockey.” [Roy Blount Jr. (March 17, 1986). “The Bible of Baseball hits 100 next week, and when the – 03.17.86 – SI Vault”. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 30, 2013] [Jeff Price, Garry D. Howard (December 11, 2012). “An update on Sporting News for 2013”. Sporting News. Retrieved January 30, 2013] [Christopher Zara (December 22, 2012). “In Memoriam: Magazines We Lost In 2012”. International Business Times. Retrieved November 8, 2014]
After HSAAT selections, a press release was distributed to many state and local newspapers and schools, including the players’ hometowns’ newspapers and schools. No 1st, 2nd, 3rd teams were designated from 1958 to 1962.
The January 1961 team was comprised of 78 players from most of the United States. The 13th annual All-American High School Football Classic was played at Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 19, 1961. The game’s players were from the following list of players, The National High School All-America Football Team as selected by the Wigwam Wisemen of America and The Sporting News.
Following is the 1960 high school season Wigwam Wiseman – Sporting News All-American team:
name, team, ht., weight, coach
Mike Brown, Ferndale, Mich. 6.3 190 Ted Meister
Bill Fletcher South Side Memphis, Tenn. 5.9 168 Malcolm Phillips
John Hankinson Edina Minn. 6.2 177 Billy Bye
John Huarte Mater Dei Santa Ana, Cal. 6.1 185 Dick Coury
Mike Matson Lakewood Colo. 5.10 175 Tom Hancock
Fred Mazurek Redstone Twp. Republic, Pa. 5.11 195 Joe Bosnic
Joe Nameth Beaver Falls Pa. 6.1 170 Larry Bruno
Ron Tuthill Rockingham N.C. 5.10 180 Bill Entsler
Ronnie Bliey (Tilden) Brooklyn, N.Y. 6.1 195 Bernie Mars
Frank Bunch (Lawrenceville School) N.J. 5.10 180 Ken Keuffel
Jon Chesser (Messa) Aariz. 5.9 160 Mutt Ford
Mike Derrick (Brookland-Cayce) S.C. 6.0 185 Bill Brissey
Budgie Ford (Taylor) Tex. 6.0 184 Bill Ford
Bert Gravitt (Denver City) Tex. 6.0 188 Don Orr
Doster Griffith (Hokes Bluff) Ala. 5.11 178 Bill Cassidy
Bob Kelley (Weirton) W.Va. 6.0 170 Jim Carey
Charles King (Alliance) Ohio 6.1 190 Mel Knowlton
Kent McCloughan (Broken Bow) Neb. 6.1 190 not named
Bill Mackey (East Bakersfield) Cal. 6.0 175 Migs Apsit
Mike Minix (Paintsville) Ky. 6.0 180 Walt Brugh
Kent Nance (Madera) Cal. 6.1 190 Leroy Zimmerman
Pat Screen (Jesuit) New Orleans, La. 5.10 175 Ken Tarzetti
James Sidle (Banks) Birmingham, Ala. no height 170 Jimmy Tarrant
Tommy Vaughn (Troy) Ohio 5.11 178 Juillerat
Rich Butkus (Voactional) Chicago, Ill. 6.3 225 Bernard O’Brian
Bob Cappadonna (Watertown) Mass. 6.1 212 Vic Palladino
Mike Curtis (Montgomery) Rockville, Md. 6.1 Roy Lester
Tucker Frederickson (South Broward) Hollywood, Fla. 6.1 200 Moe Fuller
Art Hastings (Massillon) Ohio 5.9 170 Leo Strong
Earl Hawkins (Petersburg) Va. 6.4 200 Bob Howard
Ernie Koy Jr. (Bellville) Tex. 6.2 204 Allen Boren
Bob Quist (Cent. Catholic) Gr. Rapids, Mich. 5.10 193 Ted Sowle
Dick Adams (Mason City) Iowa 6.1 200 Bill Moore
Lawrence Elkins (Brownswood) Tex. 6.3 174 Gordon Wood
Dick emerson (Miami Senior) Fla. 6.1 200 Ottis Mooney
Ralph Farmer (Madison West) Wis. 6.5 212 Burton Hable
Frank Gallagher (St. James) Chester, Pa. 6.2 200 Frank Brennan
Kirk Kressler (Berwick) Pa.6.2 182 Ben Jones
William Lude (Martins Ferry) Ohio 6.0 195 Bob Wion
John Maddox (Magee) Miss. 6.2 220 Charley Callaway
Scott Miller (Kelso) Wash. 6.5 205 not named
Bob Mobley (Montclair) N.J. 6.2 195 Clary Anderson
Gerald Murphy (Fenwick) Oak Park, Ill. 6.2 210 John Jardine
Jerry Osler (Audubon) N.J. 6.2 200 Harry Gamble
David Pivec (Patt. Park) Baltimore, Md. 6.3 210 Irv Biasi
Dale Richter (Longmeadow) Mass. 6.3 192 not named
Dick Arrington (Erie East) Pa.6.0 210 Art Detzell
Bill Belew (Sweetwater) Tex. 6.4 235 Elwood Turner
John Boyette (Byrnes) Duncan, S.C. 6.3 225 Joe Hozee
Bob Conte (New Rochelle) N.Y. 6.0 200 Lou Amonson
Roddy Cutsinger (Elk City) Okla. 6.2 208 Bob Thomas
James Farley (Marietta) Ohio 6.2 205 Charles Stocker
James Guy (Waycross) Ga. 6.3 235 Earl O’Neal
Bob Hopp (Thornton Fractional No.) Ill. 5.10 226 Jerry Jelinek
Hoy Kenney (Douglas) Portland, Ore. 6.2 190 Marv Hilbert
Jock McLaughlin (Lake Washington) Kirkland, Wash. 6.4 230 Bill McLaughlin
Leon Poulsen (Box Elder) Bringham City, Utah 6.0 191 Leo Dunn
Brian Schweda (Lawrence) Kan. 6.3 204 Art Woolard
Bobby Smith (Burbank) San Antonio, Tex. 6.2 200 Roy Wallace
Dave Trojano (Brockton) Mass. 5.11 225 chat Millett
Don Croftcheck (Redstone Twp.) Republic, Pa. 6.2 210 Joe Bosnic
Ted Dodson (Midwest City) Okla. 5.11 195 Jim Darnell
Ron Gladman (Monrovia) Cal. 5.10 190 Dick Robbins
Jesse Grant (Corbin) Ky. 6.0 222 Walt Green
Ted Lawrence (So. Mountain) Phoenix, Ariz. 6.2 200 Earl Clupper
George Pappas (Hammond) Ind. 5.10 200 Bernie Krueger
Ernest Pilgreen (R. E. Lee) Montgomery, Ala. 6.0 195 Tom Jones
John Rappe (McKinley) St. Louis, Mo. 5.9 185 Julius Blanke
Tom Tatem (Norview) Norfolk, Va. 5.10 215 Charles McClurg
Pat Watson (Meridian) Miss. 6.1 217 Dog Owens
Russell Cooper (Burlington) N.C. 5.11 198 C., A. Frye
Rich Koeper (Sequoia) Redwood City, Cal. 6.4 238 Joe Marvin
Vernon McManus (Boytown) Tex. 6.0 189 Pete Sultis
James Murphy (Santa Barbara) Cal. 5.10 175 Sam Cathcart
Roger Pettee (Manatee) Bradenton, Fla. 6.3 195 Wheeler Leeth
Jack Price (Milbank) S. D. 6.2 275 Rollie Greene
Jack Strauch (Nutley) N. J. 6.1 215 Lou Zwirek
Stan Tarter (Nampa) Ida. 6.1 190 Jerry Dellinger