Auburn’s First National Press?

1897 Auburn team photo, coach John Heisman, far right.

The first national press Auburn received almost has to have been the stand-alone team photo I found in a June 16, 1897 edition of Harper’s Weekly, likely the result of Dr. George Petrie’s tireless P.R. efforts. Petrie was Auburn’s first football coach and the father of the sport in Alabama. According to a new biography, Petrie had even asked Harper’s to cover Auburn’s first football game against Georgia. They declined but added “we would be glad to have you send… a line or two regarding your interstate football game.” They promised more coverage in the future. They lived up their word, at least a little bit.

However, if this quaint little blurb from the same issue represents their attitude toward southern football five years later … it’s no wonder they were, as Mike Jernigan puts it, less than accommodating.

Southerners: “…opposed to athletics.”

I wonder who the “All-Alabama eleven” were…



Filed under Diversions / Investigations

3 responses to “Auburn’s First National Press?

  1. Karen

    You need to learn your own history this is from Wikipedia….Auburn University (AU or Auburn) is a state university located in Auburn, Alabama, U.S. With more than 24,100 students and 1,200 faculty, it is one of the largest universities in the state.[6] Auburn was chartered on February 1, 1856, as the East Alabama Male College,[7] a private liberal arts school affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The college was donated to the state of Alabama in 1872, when it became the state’s public land-grant university under the Morrill Act and was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. In 1892, the college became the first four-year coeducational school in the state. The college was renamed the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (API) in 1899. In 1960, its name was officially changed to Auburn University; it had been popularly known as “Auburn” ‘….for many years, but never renamed until 1960’.

    Well, lets see….East Alabama Male College; then Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama; then Alabama Polytechnic Institute (API)….NOPE, not Auburn until 1960!!!

    You don’t even have a national championship! API had the national championship!! Auburn still doesn’t have one!

    Check your history before claiming pictures of the past and putting Auburn’s name on it!


  2. Karen, you posted this yourself.

    “It had been popularly known as “Auburn: ‘….for many years, but never renamed until 1960’.

    The photo above is Auburn’s football team. Please pay attention next time.

  3. Karen it is funny that you think you are doing “research” when you use Wikipedia… however; you are completely wrong to use it as fact. If you would like to talk names, I have a small anecdote for you…

    On December 18, 1820, the seminary was established officially and named “The University of the State of Alabama.”

    Oh and that comes from the university website. (But it is also on Wikipedia if you don’t believe facts.)

    Funny thing is… never is it said the name was changed from The University of the State of alabama to University of alabama, it was always just known as University of alabama; much like Auburn has kinda been known as Auburn even before they officially changed the name.

    Looks like according to your logic… your favorite school doesn’t exist. I’ll take being 48 as opposed to not even existing.

    Good day ma’am and War Eagle.

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