Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Amos Alonzo "The Grand Old Man of the Midway" Stagg

Amos Alonzo "The Grand Old Man of the Midway" Stagg


  • Position: Coach
  • School: Springfield, Chicago, Pacific
  • Years: 1890-1946
  • Inducted: 1951
  • Place of Birth: West Orange, NJ
  • Date of Birth: Aug 16, 1862
  • Place of Death: Stockton, CA
  • Date of Death: Mar 17, 1965

Member Biography

Amos Alonzo Stagg is a charter member of the College Football Hall of Fame, elected as both player and coach in 1951. He was born August 16, 1862, in West Orange, N.J., and died March 17, 1965, at age 102 in Stockton, Calif. He played football five years for Yale and was named end on the first All-America team picked in 1889. Stagg served 57 years as head coach at Springfield College 1890-91, Chicago 1892-32, and College of the Pacific 1933-46. Stagg won 314 games, a record at the time. He continued as assistant coach with his son, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Jr., at Susquehanna 1947-52 and as kicking coach at Stockton Junior College 1953-58. Stagg invented the end-around, hidden-ball trick, fake punt, quick-kick, man-in-motion, double reverse, huddle, backfield shift, Statue of Liberty play, padded goal posts, and numbers on players' backs. Knute Rockne said, "All football comes from Stagg." He was a baseball player at Yale and turned down a pro contract. He invented the batting cage for baseball and the trough for overflow in swimming pools.