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PHOTO — 1919 Port Arthur State Championship contenders

This photo taken from the Port Arthur High School yearbook The Seagull shows the 1919 Port Arthur High football team, who played Greenville High for the state championship on Dec. 6, 1919. Research by Dr. Jesse DeLee, an orthopedic surgeon in San Antonio, says the game took place on Franklin Field at the corner of Thomas Boulevard and Atlanta Avenue, which was an open field without bleachers. Dr. DeLee’s research found several Texas newspapers reported the game ended as a scoreless tie, but Greenville’s coach Clyde Littlefield contested that result, saying Greenville won 4-0 by securing two safeties.

Names listed for the photo in The Seagull were: top row, McGlachlin, Langridge, Chambers, Ransom, Goldsmith, Johnson; bottom row: McGuire, Woods, Gregory, Booz, R. Ransom, Thompson, Barnes, Shellac, Smith, Odom.

Submitted by Bart Bragg