In past years there had been some discussion about the UA having a football team. In the fall of 1899 enough players were recruited to make the first-year team. Many of the potential players had never seen a game. Judging by the rounded football held by captain, George Parker, and striped shirts worn by the members as the team uniform, the game some of them saw must have been Rugby Football.
Seventeen team members are pictured below; six were preparatory students, five special mining students and six were college students, including Charles Richmond, a senior and the manager.
A noseguard is more than a playing position. Courtland Day and Willard Brown (standing left) are not wearing short neckties but a leather guard that covered the nose and was clenched in the teeth during scrimmage. Tucson merchants were asked for donations to buy uniforms. The canvas pants had some padding. For shoulder pads old shirts were stuffed under the jerseys. Some players wore canvas vests. No donation was necessary to buy helmets because none were worn. For footwear, players took old high-top shoes to the cobbler to have nails put in for cleats. This may be the reason most of the players are wearing shinguards.
The 1900 football team in a less formal pose than the above picture. The football is different, the ends are pointed. Perhaps more of the players had seen a real football game.
In a June 1990 visit with Frank Fish, Jr., he recalled for me some of his father's school memories when his father was enrolled as a special mining student at the university.