Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Andy Smith

Andy Smith


  • Position: Coach
  • School: Pennsylvania, Purdue, California
  • Years: 1909-1925
  • Inducted: 1951
  • Place of Birth: Du Bois, PA
  • Date of Birth: Sep 10, 1883
  • Place of Death: Philadelphia, PA
  • Date of Death: Jan 08, 1926

Member Biography

They called them the California "Wonder Teams", those Golden Bear elevens which went undefeated for an incredible five-season span, running up a record of 44-0-2! The master architect of these magnificent conquerors was Andrew L. Smith, a raw-boned man who had been an All-America fullback on the great Penn team of 1904 which went unbeaten in 12 games. Smith actually began his coaching career at Penn (1909-1912), where he logged a record of 30-10-3. From Penn, Smith moved to Purdue for the 1913 through 1915 seasons, lifting the Boilermakers to a 12-6-3 record. Then, in 1916, Smith came to California and began molding Golden Bear fortunes for an upward surge. The famous Wonder Teams began with the 9-0-0 club of 1920, a team that crushed Washington State (49-0), Stanford (38-0) and Ohio State (28-0) in its final three games. In 1921, the Bears won another nine games before Washington & Jefferson managed a scoreless tie in the Rose Bowl. It was 9-0-0 again in 1922, then 9-0-1 the next year, when Cal allowed only seven points all year long. Finally, the last of the Wonder Teams, the 1924 club, finished 8-0-2. Cal won its first two games of the 1925 campaign before losing to the Olympic Club, 15-0 - snapping a string of 50 consecutive games without a loss.