Title: History of women's intercollegiate athletics at Florida State University from 1905-1972
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Title: History of women's intercollegiate athletics at Florida State University from 1905-1972
Series Title: History of women's intercollegiate athletics at Florida State University from 1905-1972
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Among committees established at the first faculty meeting was

one on outdoor exercise and physical training (Faculty

Minutes, October 1905)..

It was the belie" of the founders of the institution

"that our civilization ultimately rests upon the home and

is dependent on and measured by the culture of our women"

(FSCW Catalogue, 1907-08). The dormitory was not just a

lodging place for young women intent on getting an education

but it exemplified the cultured home "with no less freedom

and no more restraint than that which the love of enlightened

and cultural parents surround their daughters" (p. 100).

The extracurricular activities such as the Y.W.C.A., the

literary societies, and college fraternities, "each in its

way helps to brighten, strengthen, and sweeten the woman-

hood of our country" (p. 100). Thus was the philosophical

background in which the physical setting was centered.

The campus was situated on a hill in the western

suburbs of Tallahassee. The physical plant included College

Hall which was the main building and contained 13 lecture

rooms, including 4 spacious study halls, a large library, 3

laboratories and the office of the president. East Hall was


runner lined up in front of Mr. Kellum's house. Mr. Kellum

was the treasurer and business manager of the college and

took a decided interest in the athletic program. At the

sound of a gun, the race was on. Stationed at each objective

was a judge and an umpire holding odd colors in one hand and

Even colors in the other. The first runner to touch her

colors claimed that objective. When it was all over, the

entire campus was aglow with color (Florida Flambeau, 19

November 1921).

Basketball noticeably dominated the prime spots in

the Florida Flambeau during the first regular season. As

time for the big Thanksgiving Day game arrived, both sides

took Pride in escorting their teams to the fi!ld. Amid

cheers and singing, the biggest game of the 1915 season got

underway. It was not long into the game before "the

amazing teamwork of the Odd classes rendered the crowd

breathless." Using somewhat unfamiliar terminology, the

following account of the game appeared in the Florida

Flambeau, 27 November 1915:

Jr. Fresh-Sub-Fresh I vs Senior, Soph-
Sub-Fresh IT, Odd Team Hold Even by
Gr-at Team Work

Sub-head: "Final Score 12 to 3, Victory
Clean and Decisive"

box to the basket. Their alertness, and
teamwork together, outclassed everything


21 October 1916) with a turkey awarded to the championship

team (Florida Flamnbeau, 11 November 1916).

Tips on training through proper diet and sleep were

reprinted on the first page of the school paper from the

American Physical Education Review as written by Dr. Harry

E. Stewart (Florida Flambeau, I Apri~l 1916). The college

dining service cooperated with the scientific principles

that were promoted to improve athletic performance and pro-

vided four training tables for the players selected to

participate in the basketball games. This practice con-

tinued for several years.

Perhaps it was the exchange article from The Stetson

Weekly Collegiate that rekindled the desire for intercol-

legiate athletics. The article reported that the Stetson

team had taken the state basketball championship and would

again take the swing around a circle playing teams through-

out Georgia and Alabama (Florida Flambeau, 11 November 1916).

At any rate, something must have stimulated the interest in

the following debate held by the Thalian Debating society.

The subject chosen for debate was "That the Florida State

College for Women Should and Must Have Inter-Collegiate

Athletics." Freda Knight and Grace Winn presented "a most

forceful and charming affirmative" and seemed most con-

vincing and self-confident. However, an equally effective

negative position on the subject by Hazel Grimm and Reba

Harris had lust about: turned the fickle audience into


In 1921, class basketball games were played with

the top three teams advancing to the playoffs. Members of

the Odd-Even teams were picked during the class games

(Florida Flambeau, 15 October 1921).

The lingering concern over which team would get the

most desirable side of the basketball court was finally

settled at the Athletic Association meeting, November 1921,

as the best side was claimed by the Senior class (Florida

Flambeau, 19 November 1921). This declaration proved to

be no advantage as the Evens defeated the odds 36-27

(Florida Flambeau, 26 November 1921). Those receiving

"F's' for their first varsity selection were E. Riay and

E. Jones. Elizabeth Robinson, Ina Simmons, Ethel Henry,

Gladys Vaughn and Ella Williams received gold basketballs

as returning letter winners (Florida Flambeau, 14 January


Evenly matched teams lined up for the 1922 game. In

a low scoring contest, the Evens persisted to an 18-11 win.

The Odd squad lined up Bruce and Long Boy (Katheryn Prime)

as fowards; Rumph and Reece at guards, Lytle, running cen-

ter; DuBois, jumping center. The Even team consisted of

Simmons and Phillips, forwards; Henry and Platt, guards;

Burr, running center; Williams, jumping center. This year

the teams were sparked by Odd cheerleader Elmo Bullock and

Even cheerleader, May Matthews (Florida Flambeau, 2 December

1922). The appearance of designated cheerleaders began


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The Florida Flambeau compared FSCW records to

national records as an incentive for Field Day preparation.

FSCW was recognized nationally in the discus throw at 86

feet 7 inches. However, Bryn Mawr held the hurl ball record

at 85 feet 4 1/2 inches, even though Nell Carroll's record

at FSCV7 measured 104 feet 3 inches (Florida Flambeau, 5

March 1921)..

TPhe name of Nell Carroll was not to be denied entry

into the national nor the world track and field record

books. During Field Day, 1921, Nell upped her personal

records considerably. She set the world discus mark at 98

feet 2 inches (Stewart, 1922) and stretched the hurl ball

tape to 112 feet 7 inches (Florida Flambeau, 2 April 1921).

Nell's discus mark later appeared in the Women's Track and

Field World Year Book, 1967 attesting to her world title

(Pozzoli, 1967). Apparently, TonyandNell did not enter Field

Day as members of their class competing for the banner. Refer-

ence was made of the failure of several girls to qualify

because of grade restrictions (Florida Flambeau, 19 March

1921). Consequently, Field Day results listed DuBois first

in discus with an 80 feet 5 1/2 inch toss; Carruthers, first

in hurl ball, 94 feet 3 inches; H. Harris and M. Boyle tied

for first in the 50-yard dash, 6 1/5 seconds; Boyle, first


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