The Players

The Ironmen of 1899

The Players2022-09-07T19:28:22+00:00

Those who coached and played with determination, courage, and grit.

Twenty-one students played on the team of 1899. Although they became known as the “Iron Men,” they played through pain and injury, often refusing to leave the game.  Some of them suffered greatly for years afterward. They all played with courage, spirit and determination. The story of these players —with nicknames like Ditty, Deacon, Warbler and Wild Bill —needs to be preserved for posterity.

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Player Position Games Started Hometown Height Weight Age
Richard Elliot Bolling Tackle 10 Edna, TX 5’10”
William “Wild Bill” Claiborne Guard 11 Amherst County, VA 6’0″ 190
John William “Deacon” Jones Tackle 11 Marshall, TX
Henry Sheridan Keyes Guard 10 Cambridge, MA
Hugh Miller Thompson “Bunny” Pearce End 9 Jackson, MS 5’3″ 125
William Henry Poole Center 10 Glyndon, MD 6’0″ 185 19
Bartlet et Ultimus Sims End Bryan, TX 6’0″ 185


Player Position Games Started Hometown Height Weight Age
Charles Quintard Gray Halfback 4 Ocala, FL
Ringland F. “Rex” Kilpatrick Halfback 9 Bridgeport, AL 6’1″ 185 18
Henry “Ditty” Seibels Halfback 9 Montgomery, AL 5’10” 170 23
Ormond Simkins Fullback 10 Corsicana, TX 5’10” 163 20
William “Warbler” Wilson Quarterback 11 Rock Hill, SC 5’10” 154 22


Player Position Games Started Hometown Height Weight Age
Ralph Peters Black End 1 Atlanta, GA 6’0″ 158
Preston Smith Brooks, Jr. Back 1 Sewanee, TN
Harris Goodwin Cope Quarterback Savannah, GA 117 16
Albert T. Davidson Augusta, GA
Andrew Cleveland Evins Spartanburg, SC
Daniel Baldwin Hull Fullback 1 Savannah, GA 5’10” 160 19
Joseph Lee Kirby-Smith Tackle 1 Sewanee, TN 156 17
Landon Randolph Mason Marshall, VA
Floy Hoffman Parker Canton, MS
Herbert E. Smith

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Head coach: Billy Suter
Manager: Luke Lea
Trainer: Cal Burrows

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