1905 Chicago Maroons football
National champion
(Billingsley, Helms, Houlgate, NCF)
Western Conference champion
ConferenceWestern Conference
1905 record11–0 (7–0 Western)
Head coachAmos Alonzo Stagg (14th season)
Base defense7–2–2
CaptainMark Catlin Sr.
Home stadiumMarshall Field
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The 1905 Chicago Maroons football team represented the University of Chicago during the 1905 Western Conference football season. In coach Amos Alonzo Stagg's 14th year as head coach, the Maroons finished with an 11–0 record (7–0 Western) and outscored opponents 271 to 5.[1][2] The Maroons were retroactively named national champions by the Billingsley Report, the Helms Athletic Foundation, the National Championship Foundation, and the Houlgate System.[3]
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September 16North Division High*W 26–0
September 23[[{{{school}}}|Lawrence]]*
  • Marshall Field
  • Chicago, IL
W 33–0
September 30Wabash*
  • Marshall Field
  • Chicago, IL
W 15–0
October 4Beloit*
  • Marshall Field
  • Chicago, IL
W 38–0
October 7Iowa
  • Marshall Field
  • Chicago, IL
W 42–0
October 14Indiana
  • Marshall Field
  • Chicago, IL
W 16–5
October 21at WisconsinW 4–0
October 28at NorthwesternW 32–0
November 11Purdue
  • Marshall Field
  • Chicago, IL (rivalry)
W 19–0
November 18Illinois
  • Marshall Field
  • Chicago, IL
W 44–0
November 30Michigan
  • Marshall Field
  • Chicago, IL (rivalry)
W 2–027,000
  • *Non-conference game



Player Position Weight
Mark Catlin Sr. (captain) right end 182
Art Badenoch right tackle 189
Hugo Francis Bezdek fullback 179
William James Boone right halfback 186
Leo DeTray left halfback 174
Walter Eckersall quarterback 143
Burton Pike Gale center 181
Melville Archibald Hill left tackle 218
Carl Huntley Hitchcock right halfback 157
Hal Mefford end 185
Merrill C. Meigs left guard 196
Ed Parry left end 202
Clarence W. Russell right guard 188
Lewis D. Scherer right guard 184
Mysterious Walker left halfback 174
Jesse Harper substitute - quarterback 155
Lester Larson substitute - end 164
Fred William Noll substitute - guard 203
Gerry Williamson substitute - fullback 181
Hiram Conibear trainer


  1. 1.0 1.1 "1905 Chicago Maroons Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  2. "University of Chicago Football Media Guide". University of Chicago. 2016. p. 22. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  3. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 108. Retrieved January 4, 2016.

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