100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

College Sports In Washington

Pushball was invented by M G Crane of Newton, Massachusetts in 1891 and was taken up at Harvard University the next year. A 50 pound 6 foot ball was pushed through a goal by two opposing teams. The goals consist of two upright posts 18 ft (5.5 m) high and 20 ft (6.1 m) apart with a crossbar 7 feet from the ground. The game lasts for two periods with an intermission. Pushing the ball under the bar counts 5 points; lifting or throwing it over the bar counts 8.

On November 8, 1912 a pushball game took place between the freshmen and the sophomores on Denny Field at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.

University of Washington Campus Photograph Collection

Pushball – Froshs vs Sophs
University of Washington
November 8, 1912


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