A pioneer and influential mentor in football, baseball and basketball, Amos Alonzo Stagg coached for 69 seasons, most notably, at the University of Chicago, where he won two national titles and composed this scouting report during the 1932 season, his last in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Executed entirely in Stagg’s hand in graphite pencil on both sides of a blank 8x10 page, the content is absolutely incredible, with scouting reports on the Michigan vs. Northwestern game and a diagram. Full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.
The crisp page was apparently culled from a volume, as numbered topics begin with “7.” First and foremost, the sheet is completely crease-free and Stagg’s cursive handwriting is entirely legible. It reads (in full):
”7 Michigan’s new punter (John) Regeczi is wonderful. His punts are long and high. Well placed against the side line but not always out of bounds. He is a slow kicker takes 2-3 steps His kicks were twice nearly blocked by the Northwestern tackles (LT1 RT1) * Don’t expect pass or run with him back.
Michigan is again playing a 6-2-2 1 defense
Michigan’s tackles are not anywhere near as good as last year (Russell) Damm LT is particular was handled & shoved back by the Northwestern end and wingback.
9 Michigan played a shovel pass & new variety of back pass.
(reverse side of sheet)
Michigan defense against Northwestern
(a handwritten diagram shows symmetrically arranged defenders identified as “S H H C F E T G G T E”)
guards went under -
tackles drove them – NW ends made contact and wingbacks cracked them
Ends charged a yard & waited or retreated or sometimes on off side didn’t change C&F backed up line quickly”
With high probability, this was Stagg’s scouting report on the October 8, 1932 game between Michigan and Northwestern, which was drawn up in [preparation for the November 12, 1932 game between Michigan and Stagg’s University of Chicago team, which Michigan won, 12-0 en route to a national title.