Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Sam "Brinck" Thorne

Sam "Brinck" Thorne


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Yale
  • High School: New York, NY (Berkeley HS)
  • Years: 1893-1895
  • Inducted: 1970
  • Place of Birth: New York, NY
  • Date of Birth: Sep 19, 1873
  • Place of Death: New York, NY
  • Date of Death: Jun 03, 1930
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 168

Member Biography

Brinck Thorne was the slick-running halfback who provided the scoring thrust during one of football's most incredible eras of success. They were the Yale glory years of the mid-1890s, a period during which the Bulldogs raced to a 39-1-2 record. The defeat, a bitter 6-0 decision to rival Princeton in 1893, ended a 36-game winning streak which included 21 shutout decisions in a row. Two years later, Thorne personally saw that the Elis got their revenge. In the final game of his playing career, Thorne scored two touchdowns, set up another and kicked a pair of conversion points in leading Yale to a 20-10 victory over Princeton. The following year, Thorne was named head coach of the Elis and led them to 13 victories in 14 games. During his three seasons wearing the varsity "Y", he led the way as Yale out-scored its competition, 1137-63. He received consensus All-America recognition as the Eli senior captain in 1895. During his only season as head coach, Thorne was instrumental in the resumption of the Yale-Harvard football series, which had been suspended for two years due to hot tempers and violence that erupted in the 1894 meeting. A native of New York City, Thorne went on to serve as president of several eastern coal companies. He was 56 years old when he died in 1930.
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