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Pennsylvania Railroad YMCA
of Philadelphia, PA

 


Pennsylvania Railroad YMCA Building
Philadelphia, PA

One expression of the Pennsylvania Railroad's interest in its employees' well being was its sponsorship of the Pennsylvania Railroad YMCA. Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Railroad YMCA building, located at 41st St. & Westminster Ave., was dedicated in 1894. That same year the YMCA picked up sponsorship the "Pennsylvania Railroad" football eleven, which had existed in Philadelphia, in one form or another, since at least as early as 1886. Through the turn of the next century the PRR YMCA football team, sometimes referred to as the "Railroaders," regularly played against strong minor college teams and successful athletic clubs from throughout the region. This squad was composed of former college players employed by PRR and was typical of several such teams sponsored by the railroad. Another, composed entirely of players who worked PRR's Panhandle Division in Ohio,  went on to become the Columbus Panhandles of the National Football League. Although the Philadelphia based eleven met with only limited success on the field, it received regular press coverage from the city's newspapers.

Through the 1902 season the Railroaders played home games on a field at 52nd & Jefferson Sts. That field, however, was eventually closed to allow for the expansion of the 46th Street Rail Yard. A new athletic facility, located at Belmont & Parkside Aves., was opened on May 2, 1903.

1886 Season Schedule
This schedule may be incomplete
Date

Loc

Opponent Score W-L-T
Sat, Oct 9 ? Tioga AA 0 35 L
Sat, Oct 16 H Oxford Club
of Frankford (Phila.), PA
44 0 W
Sat, Nov 6 ? Riverton AC 10 0 W

1893 Season Schedule
This schedule may be incomplete
Date

Loc

Opponent Score W-L-T
Tue, Nov 7 ? Phila. & Reading Railroad 12 0 W
Sat, Nov 11 ? Phila. & Reading Railroad 0 10 L
Sat, Nov 18 ? Phila. & Reading Railroad 28 0 W
Thu, Nov 30 ? Kenderton Camping Club 4 0 W
Sat, Dec 2 ? Phila. & Reading Railroad 16 8 W

1894 Season Schedule
This schedule may be incomplete
Date

Loc

Opponent Score W-L-T
Sat, Nov 10 ? West Philadelphia YMCA 4 6 L
Sat, Nov 1 7 ? Credendas FBC 0 0 T
On April 13, 1894, the Pennsylvania Railroad football team amalgamated with the new Pennsylvania Railroad YMCA of Philadelphia.

1895 Season Schedule
This schedule may be incomplete
Date

Loc

Opponent Score W-L-T

Sat, Oct 5

A Phoenixville AA
of Phoenixville, PA
0 12 L

Sat, Oct 12

H Wizbet Wheelmen 1 0 W*
Sat, Oct 19 H Credendas 22 0 W
Sat, Oct 26 A Tremont AA 0 12 L
Sat, Nov 2 H United AA 14 0 W
Sat, Nov 9 ? Phila. & Reading Railroad  12 0 W
Sat, Nov 16 A Philadelphia YMCA 4 4 T
Sat, Nov 23 H United AA 0 6 L
* Victory by forfeit

1896 Season Schedule
This schedule may be incomplete
Date

Loc

Opponent Score W-L-T

Sat, Oct 24

H Phila. & Reading Railroad 25 0 W

Sat, Oct 31

A West Chester 0 8 L
Sat, Nov 14 A Lancaster Cresents AA 0 0 T
Sat, Nov 21 H United AA 0 1 L*
Sat, Nov 26 ? Mt. Holly AC
of Mt. Holly, NJ
0 4 L
* Loss by forfeit

1897 Season Schedule
This schedule may be incomplete
Date

Loc

Opponent Score W-L-T

Sat, Oct 2

A Warren AC
of Wilmington, DE
0 10 L

Sat, Oct 9

? Conshohocken YMCA
of Conshohocken, PA
0 0 T
Sat, Oct 16 H Hammondton AA 12 0 W

Sat, Oct 23

A Quaker City Wheelmen 28 0 W
Sat, Oct 30 A Phoenixville AC
at Phoenixville, PA
0 4 L
Sat, Nov 6 H Kennilwoth Wheelmen 4 4 T
Sat, Nov 13 ? Phila. & Reading Railroad 14 0 W
Sat, Nov 20 ? Columbia FC
of Philadelphia, PA
? ? ?
Thu, Nov 25 A Columbia FC
of Philadelphia, PA
0 6 L

1898 Season Schedule
This schedule may be incomplete
Date

Loc

Opponent Score W-L-T

Sat, Oct 1

H Franklin & Marshall College 0 5 L

Sat, Oct 8

H University of Penna. Scrub 0 5 L
Sat, Oct 15 H Trinity AA
of Philadelphia, PA
5 5 T

Sat, Oct 22

H Ursinus College 1 0 W*

Sat, Oct 29

H Phila. & Reading Railroad 6 0 W

Sat, Nov 5

H Riverton AA
of Riverton, NJ
No game

Sat, Nov 5

? Turner AC 54 0 W
Tue, Nov 9 A Univ. of Pennsylvania 0 5 L
Sat, Nov 12 A Trinity AA
at Philadelphia, PA
23 6 W
Tue, Nov 16 H Riverton AA 6 0 W
Thu, Nov 24 H Ormiston AA**
of Philadelphia, PA
? ? ?
* Winner by forfeit
** PRR YMCA Reserves

1899 Season Schedule
This schedule may be incomplete
Date

Loc

Opponent Score W-L-T
Sat, Sep 30 A Franklin & Marshall
at Lancaster, PA
11 0 W
Sat, Oct 7 H University of Penna. Scrub 16 17 L
Sat, Oct 14* H Susquehanna University ? ? ?
Sat, Oct 21 H Villanova College 6 11 L
Sat, Oct 28 H Princeton Scrub 11 12 L
Sat, Nov 4* A Ursinus College
at Norristown, PA
? ? ?
Sat, Nov 11* H Bucknell University ? ? ?
Thu, Nov 30 A Phoenix AA
at Phoenixville, PA
12 5 W
* While the outcome of these games is unlisted each has been confirmed as scheduled thru newspaper announcements in the Philadelphia daily newspapers in the days prior to the contests.

The following appeared in the October 19, 1899, edition of Philadelphia's Evening Bulletin:

"The fourth game of the college series arranged by the P. R. R. Y. M. C. A. will be played next Saturday at 52d & Jefferson sts. when Villanova College will be the opponents of the railroaders. The schedule arranged by the P. R. R. Y. M. C. A. includes such strong teams as Princeton University Scrub, Bucknell University, Ursinus College, besides which games with Baltimore Medical College and Orange Athletic Club are pending."

While games against Baltimore Medical College and the Orange Athletic Club have not been confirmed by other sources, they may have been scheduled for the two Saturdays falling between the November 11 game against Bucknell University and the Thanksgiving Day game against the Phoenix AA 

1900 Season Schedule
This schedule may be incomplete
Date

Loc

Opponent Score W-L-T
Tue, Oct 2* A Orange AC
at Orange, NJ
0 10 L
Sat, Oct 27 H Princeton Scrub 16 0 L
Sat, Nov 3 H Susquehanna University ? ? ?
Sat, Nov 10 H Manhattan College ? ? ?

?

A Lebanon Valley College 16 0 W
* Played  as the "Philadelphia All-Collegiates"

1901 Season Schedule
This schedule may be incomplete
Date

Loc

Opponent Score W-L-T
Sat, Oct 8 H Jefferson Medics
Jefferson Medical College
? ? ?
Sat, Oct 12 A Orange AC
at Orange, NJ
0 5 L
Sat, Oct 161 H Jefferson Medics
Jefferson Medical College
? ? ?
Sat, Oct 19 ? Phila. Dental School 6 0 W
Sat, Oct 26 H Princeton Scrub 10 12 L
Sat, Nov 2 H Univ. of Penna. Freshmen 23 0 W
Sat, Nov 6 A Princeton University 10 12 L
Sat, Nov 162 A Orange AC
at Orange, NJ
6 0 W
Thu, Nov 28 A Frankford AA
at Wistar Park, Phila., PA
18 0 W
1 Scrimmage
2 The PRR squad played  as the "Philadelphia All-Collegiates" with a line-up almost identical to that of the previous week's game against the University of Pennsylvania Freshmen.

1902 Season Schedule
This schedule may be incomplete
Date

Loc

Opponent Score W-L-T
Sat, Oct 11 A Pittsburgh Stars
at Pittsburgh, PA
0 30 L
Sat, Oct 25 A Steelton YMCA
at Harrisburg, PA
0 16 L
Sat, Nov 1 A Philadelphia Athletics
Columbia Ball Park, Phila., PA
0 40 L
Sat, Nov 15 A Steelton YMCA
at Harrisburg, PA
0 28 L

Dr. Benjamin Roller, a former University of Pennsylvania standout and established pro player who stared on Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics football club, both coached and played for the 1903 Pennsylvania Railroad YMCA eleven.

1903 Season Schedule
This schedule may be incomplete*
Date

Loc

Opponent Score W-L-T
Sat, Oct 10 H University of Penna. Scrub

Cancelled*

Sat, Oct 17 H Jefferson Medical College 11 0 W
Sat, Oct 24 H Princeton Scrub 0 10 L
Sat, Nov 7 A Steelton YMCA
at Harrisburg, PA
0 16 L
Sat, Nov 14 A Frankford AA
at Wistar Park, Phila., PA
0 0 T
Sat, Nov 21 A Steelton YMCA
at Harrisburg, PA
28 0 L
* The University of Pennsylvania Scrub game may have been rescheduled later in the season; another game, against Columbia University Scrub, may also have been scheduled..

1905 Season Schedule
This schedule may be incomplete
Date

Loc

Opponent Score W-L-T
Sat, Sep 23 A Carlisle Indian School
at Carlisle, PA
0 71 L
Mon, Oct 2 A Swarthmore College
at Swarthmore, PA
0 19 L

Links to Additional Information

Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society PRR Chronologies
An excellent series of concise chronological histories of the Pennsylvania Railroad by Christopher Baer. The 1877, 1890-1894, 1900-1904 and 1905-1909 chronologies include information on the establishment and growth of the Pennsylvania Railroad YMCA of Philadelphia. .PDF file format, Adobe Acrobat required.

Pennsylvania Railroad YMCA at Philadelphia All-Time Football Records
Paul Luchter's listing of PRR YMCA games and scores.


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