This file is an attempt to get a season-by-season perspective on which players were on the field. This
information was gained from newspaper articles. Often at the start of a season, or at some point during the season,
a newspaper article would list the starting lineup. This was particularly true in articles printed before 1950.
There are many problems in determining starters and key reserves.
1.) players often play multiple positions on the field and I want to try to include all of the positions
a player regularly played. What I am wanting to know which players were considered starters and which players got a
lot of playing time at a particular position. I am not trying to make a list of EVERY PLAYER who got into ANY game at
any point. There are players who rotated in with the first team or who took over for an injured starter for a game
or for several games. I want to include those people as starters. The most difficult players to assign to a position
are those players who lettered, but they lettered because they were primarily a special team player. If a player lettered,
I still want to include them at a regular position.
3.) I have a section in the file below called "unknown". This means that a player was listed as a letterman
and I can't determine which position they played on the field. I want to know where they played?
4.) there are big gaps of information in the speciality positions, such as punter, return man, kicker. Who filled
In the list below I have bolded the names of players listed as a starter and have left un-bolded those
players who got some to considerable playing time at a certain position. This is the file that has been the most
difficult to research. I welcome and encourage input from anyone on this file as I know it is very incomplete.
I know I am relying on collective memories of people. If you know the name of a person who played a position and
I don't have that name listed contact me. ALSO, if I have the name of a player listed at the wrong position contact
Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide in completing this file.