Training Camp

Bill Pennington wrote an interesting article in the New York Times on August 8 about Joe Skiba, the NY Giants equipment manager, and all the supplies he had on stock for the Giants training camp –  3,500 pairs of shoes, 600 pairs of socks, 500 gloves, 300 helmets, etc. In contrast to 2013, here is an interesting 1929 letter from Ole Haugsrud, newly hired manager of the Chicago Cardinals, to Howard Maple, former QB of Oregon State. Haugsrud was hired by Cardinals new owner David Jones and he brought Coach Dewey Scanlon, Ernie Nevers, Cobb Rooney, and Walt Kiesling with him from the defunct Duluth Eskimos. Maple was injured in a pre-season loss to the Canton Bulldogs and would not play again until the 1930 season. In the letter Maple is instructed to bring a “complete football outfit” with him to camp, “as our uniforms will not be available until the first game.”

maple letter

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