Amos Alonzo Stagg

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Amos Alonzo Stagg

Biographical Information[edit]

Amos Alonzo Stagg was noted primarily as a college football coach but also coached college baseball and basketball. He took part in the first ever basketball game played in public, on March 11, 1892, between the students and teachers at Springfield College. The game was organized by Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of the sport, and Stagg scored the faculty's only basket of the game. He was later instrumental in popularizing the new game. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and Basketball Hall of Fame.

In the baseball realm, he is also noted for developing the first batting cage. He was head coach of the University of Chicago baseball team from 1893-1912; he held the school's career win record until 2007, when Brian Baldea broke it.

Amos Alonzo Stagg High School is named in his honor.

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