The Blue Gray Game Coaching Staffs 1939-1960

Needless to say, the Blue Gray Game in the 1950s was a college football experience we're not likely to ever see again. Photo Alabama Digital Archives

The Blue Gray Football Classic was a college All-Star game held in Montgomery's Cramton Bowl the final week of December each year from 1938 through 2001. The contest featured seniors from teams located on opposing sides of the Mason-Dixon line and was, for many years, an early highlight to the bowl season.

The coaches for the squads were also selected from schools in the respective regions and each team had three -- one head coach and two assistants. It was not uncommon for coaches receiving late bowl bids to pull out of the Blue Gray Game and that same problem among the players usually kept announcements of the starting lineup pending until well into December.

I am currently working on a research project that has prompted me to look into the coaching staffs of the Blue Gray games immediately after World War II. What I've discovered is there just isn't a heck of a lot of good information out there on these games and the folks who participated in them.

Using newspaper accounts, I've compiled a reasonably complete tally of the coaching staffs of the contests between 1945 and 1960 but a few names elude me and I could use some help. So, after the jump, you can find a list of the games and staffs from that period.

1960 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 35 Jack Mollenkopf, Purdue Ben Schwartzwalder, Syracuse
Don Faurot, Missouri (AD)
Gray 7 Paul Dietzel, LSU
Wally Butts, Georgia
Bill Hildebrand, Wake Forest
1959 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 20 Jack Mollenkopf, Purdue Gomer Jones, Oklahoma Don Faurot, Missouri (AD)
Gray 8 Art Guepe, Vanderbilt
Frank Howard, Clemson Sammy Baugh, Hardin-Simmons
1958 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 16 Jack Mollenkopf, Purdue Ben Schwartzwalder, Syracuse Don Faurot, Missouri (AD)
Gray 0 Blanton Collier, Kentucky
Bill Murray, Duke Sammy Baugh, Hardin-Simmons
1957 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 20 Murray Warmath, Minn. Jack Mollenkopf, Purdue Don Faurot, Missouri (AD)
Gray 21 Sammy Baugh, Hardin-Simmons
Earl Edwards, NC State
Andy Pilney, Tulane
1956 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 14 Don Faurot, Missouri Murray Warmath, Minn. Jack Mollenkopf, Purdue
Gray 0 Jim Tatum, UNC Paul Bryant, Texas A&M Shug Jordan, Auburn
1955 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 19 Don Faurot, Missouri Murray Warmath, Minn. Bob Davis, Col. State
Gray 20 Paul Dietzel, LSU
Chalmer Woodard, SMU George Barclay, ex-UNC
1954 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 14 Don Faurot, Missouri Rip Engle, Penn State Hugh Daugherty, MSU
Gray 7 Frank Moseley, VPI
Harvey Robinson, Tenn.
Darrell Royal, Miss St.
1953 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 20 Rip Engle, Penn State Bill Glassford,Nebraska Dick Harlow, ex-Harvard
Gray 40 Clyde Lee, Houston
Paul Bryant, Kentucky
Bill Murray, Duke
1952 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 7 Rip Engle, Penn State Bert Ingwersen, Illinois Dick Harlow, ex-Harvard
Gray 28 Frank Howard, Clemson
Ray George, Texas A&M
Murray Warmath. Miss St.
1951 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 14 Rip Engle, Penn State
Ivy Williamson, Wisc.
Dick Harlow, ex-Harvard
Gray 20 Gaynell Tinsley, LSU
Rex Enright, S. Carolina
Rusty Russell, SMU
1950 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 6 Ray Eliot, Illinois Rip Engle, Brown George Munger, Penn
Gray 31 Wally Butts, Georgia
Art Guepe, Virginia
Dutch Meyer, TCU
1949 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 13 Ray Eliot, Illinois
Rip Engle, Brown
George Munger, Penn
Gray 27 Blair Cherry, Texas
Rube McCray, William & Mary
Ray Wolf, Florida
1948 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 19 Ray Morrison, Temple Ray Eliot, Illinois John Da Grosa, Temple (line)
Gray 13 Allyn McKeen, ex-Miss. State Red Drew, Alabama John Barnhill, Arkansas
1947 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 6 Ray Morrison, Temple Bo McMillin, Indiana Bernie Masterson, Nebraska
Gray 33 Allyn McKeen, Miss. State Paul Bryant, Kentucky Jess Neely, Rice
1946 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 13 Lynn Waldorf, Northwestern Bo McMillin, Indiana Ray Morrison, Temple
Gray 20 Allyn McKeen, Miss. State
Red Sanders, Vanderbilt
Dutch Meyer, TCU
1945 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 26 Bo McMillin, Indiana Lynn Waldorf, Northwestern Ray Morrison, Temple
Gray 0 Matty Bell, SMU
Bobby Dodd, Ga. Tech
Bernie Moore, LSU
1944 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 7 Lynn Waldorf, Northwestern
Carl Snavely, Cornell Bo McMillin, Indiana
Gray 24 Monk Simons, Tulane
Wally Butts, Georgia
Carl Voyles, Auburn
1943 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Boy's High
13 J.O. Brown
Carroll Shows

Meridian 0 Shorty Doyall
Dick Jones
Bill Orgain & Henry Madden
1942 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 0 Lynn Waldorf, Northwestern
Carl Snavely, Cornell
Bert Ingwersen, Northwestern
Gray 24 Allyn McKeen, Miss. State
Dutch Meyer, TCU
Homer Norton, Texas A&M
1941 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 0 Lynn Waldorf, Northwestern
Carl Snavely, Cornell Bert Ingwersen, Northwestern
Gray 16 Matty Bell, SMU
Frank Howard, Clemson
Lowell Dawson, Tulane
1940 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 14 Carl Snavely, Cornell
Lynn Waldorf, Northwestern
Gray 12 Jess Neely, Rice
Ray Wolf, UNC

1939 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 20 Carl Snavely, Cornell
Lynn Waldorf, Northwestern
Gray 33 Ray Morrison, Vanderbilt
Josh Cody, Florida

1939 Score Head coach Assistant coach Assistant coach
Blue 7 Lynn Waldorf, Northwestern
Carl Snavely, Cornell

Gray 0 Frank Thomas, Alabama Jack Meagher, Auburn

A few interesting tidbits I uncovered while researching this:

  • Bear Bryant was never a Blue Gray Game head coach but was an assistant on three staffs (1947, 1953 and 1956) and an official visitor at one other contest that I could discover (1945). The only Alabama HC in this 15-year span was Red Drew in 1948.
  • In 1957, Ole Miss's Johnny Vaught and Texas' Darrell Royal were slated to coach for the Gray squad. They pulled out when their teams received invitations to the 1958 Sugar Bowl and were replaced by Sammy Baugh and Earl Edwards. The Rebels then stomped the Longhorns 39-7 in New Orleans.
  • Auburn's Shug Jordan was slated to lead the Gray squad in 1955 but excused himself when his team received a bid to the Gator Bowl to face Vanderbilt. They lost.
  • The 1955 and 1946 Blue Gray games featured two of Alabama's greatest passers, Bart Starr and Harry Gilmer, respectively. While Gilmer turned in a superb performance Starr only played a few snaps but successfully parlayed the effort into a draft selection by Green Bay.

UPDATE 05/04/12: Now complete back to 1939.

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