Sport: Six-Man

In 1869 when Princeton and Rutgers played a football game, there were 50 players on the field, 25 on each side. By 1877 the size of a football team had generally been whittled down to 15 men. Five years later Walter Camp succeeded in his campaign to reduce teams to eleven men. That the possibilities for experiment are still far from exhausted was last week being demonstrated by some 700 U. S. schools, most of them small and obscure, which began the biggest season to date for the closely related but autonomous pastime...

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