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1938 VPI Gobblers football
ConferenceSouthern Conference
1938 record3–5–2 (2–3–4 SoCon)
Head coachHenry Redd (7th season)
CaptainFrank Marion Pierce
Home stadiumMiles Stadium
Seasons
← 1937
1939 →
1938 Southern Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Duke 5 0 0     9 1 0
Clemson 3 0 1     7 1 1
VMI 4 0 3     6 1 4
North Carolina 4 1 0     6 2 1
Richmond 3 2 1     6 3 1
Washington & Lee 2 2 0     4 4 1
NC State 3 3 1     3 7 1
South Carolina 2 2 0     6 4 1
Wake Forest 3 4 1     4 5 1
Virginia Tech 2 3 2     3 5 2
The Citadel 2 3 0     6 5 0
Maryland 1 2 0     2 7 0
Davidson 2 6 0     4 6 0
Furman 0 4 1     2 7 1
William & Mary 0 4 0     3 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1938 VPI Gobblers football team represented Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute in the 1938 college football season. The team was led by their head coach Henry Redd and finished with a record of three wins, five losses and two ties (3–5–2).

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 17[[{{{school}}}|Emory and Henry]]*W 33–0
September 248:00 p.m.[1]vs. DukeL 0–1813,000[3]
October 1at Army*L 0–39
October 8vs. William & MaryW 27–0
October 15Virginia*dagger
  • Miles Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA (rivalry)
L 6–14
October 22at Washington and Lee
L 0–68,000[4]
October 29NC State
  • Miles Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
W 7–0
November 52:00 p.m.[5]at North CarolinaL 0–718,000[6]
November 11at Richmond
  • City Stadium
  • Richmond, VA
T 0–0
November 24vs. VMIRoanoke, VA (rivalry)T 2–215,000[7]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Source: HokieSports.com: 1938 Virginia Tech football schedule[8]

PlayersEdit

The following players were members of the 1938 football team according to the roster published in the 1939 edition of The Bugle, the Virginia Tech yearbook.[9]

VPI 1938 roster
Quarterback
  • Philip Galliano DeMuro

Guards

  • William Harper Devlin
  • James Anthony Gaugler
  • Ernest Stuart King
  • George Yellott Worthington

Tackles

  • H. Woodrow Gosney
  • David Marion Pitts

Centers

  • Samuel Bascom Dunn
  • Neil Saunders Wood
Ends
  • Frank Lovitt Oliver
  • Frank Marion Pierce (Capt.)
  • Daniel Green Shawhan

Halfbacks

  • James Raymond Belcher
  • Irving Ward Boswell
  • Mathew Leslie Ellison
  • Albert Sanford Miller
  • Stanley Covington Powers
  • Samuel B. Rose, Jr.
  • Herbert Joseph Thomas

Fullbacks

  • Rankin McGuire Hudson
  • George Daniel Warriner
Substitutes
  • Archie Cameron
  • Sidney Gordon Campbell
  • James Emory Coleman
  • James Stuart Fixx
  • Robert Preston Graves
  • Irving Gray
  • John L. Henderson
  • Herbert Andrews Markle
  • Joseph Franklin Smith
  • Andrew Wellington Todd
  • James Walter Woolwine

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Duke vs. V.P.I.". VPI vs. Duke Football Program. 1938. p. 1. http://www.ivanmorozov.com/memorabilia/game-programs/1938/h5305f2c4#h5305f2c4. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  2. "Blue Devils Meet V.P.I. in Season Opener, Saturday". The Duke Chronicle (Duke University): p. 1. September 20, 1938. http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/dukechronicle_dchnp60001/. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  3. "Blue Devil Football Team Captures Season's Opener, 18–0". The Duke Chronicle (Duke University): p. 3. September 27, 1938. http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/dukechronicle_dchnp60002/. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  4. "Calyx 1939". Washington and Lee University. 1939. p. 182. https://archive.org/stream/calyxhi0039wash#page/182/mode/2up. Retrieved 2017-07-30.
  5. "Virginia Tech Invades Chapel Hill Today". The Daily Tar Heel (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): p. 1. November 5, 1938. http://newspapers.digitalnc.org/lccn/sn92073228/1938-11-05/ed-1/seq-1/. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  6. "Stirnweiss Sparks Tar Heels To Wet Win". The Daily Tar Heel (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): p. 1. November 6, 1938. http://newspapers.digitalnc.org/lccn/sn92073228/1938-11-06/ed-1/seq-1/. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  7. "Squadron Ties VPI 2–2 In Annual Game". The V.M.I. Cadet (Virginia Military Institute): p. 1. November 29, 1938. http://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15821coll8/id/7990/rec/11. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  8. Virginia Tech Football Past Schedules "1938–1939". Virginia Tech Sports Information Department, Hokiesports.com. Accessed January 12, 2016.
  9. "The Bugle 1939". Virginia Tech Bugle. 1939. p. 234. http://spec.lib.vt.edu/archives/bugle/bugl1939/1939_BUGLE.pdf. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
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