Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Art "Beef" Wheeler

Art "Beef" Wheeler

Details

  • Position: Guard
  • School: Princeton
  • High School: Concord. MA (St. Paul's HS)
  • Years: 1892-1894
  • Inducted: 1969
  • Place of Birth: Philadelphia, PA
  • Date of Birth: May 12, 1872
  • Place of Death: Philadelphia, PA
  • Date of Death: Dec 20, 1917
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 200

Member Biography

Yale was at the crest of a 37-game winning streak and Princeton stood unbeaten in 10 games when the two met that afternoon in 1893. There was no question - the national championship would go to the winner of this final game of the season. Time after time, the Princeton defense responded to Yale scoring threats as a guard named Arthur Wheeler led the charge. Yale's great end, Frank Hinkey, was rendered ineffective and the Elis streak ended with a 6-0 Princeton triumph. It was the only Yale loss during Hinkey's four-year playing career. Wheeler went on to become the key force in a Tiger line which held 26 of 35 opponents scoreless over the span of his playing days. The 1893 team did, indeed, lay claim to the national title. Wheeler was All-America all three years. Wheeler never played in the famous Princeton-Harvard rivalry. The series had been cancelled.