American Football Database
Benjamin Dibblee
File:Dibblee Harvard.png
Dibblee pictured in The Official National Collegiate Athletic Association football guide, 1899
Date of birth: July 8, 1876
Place of birth: Ross, California
Date of death: November 11, 1945(1945-11-11) (aged 69)
Place of death: near Fairfield, California
Career information
Position(s): Halfback
College: Harvard University
Career highlights and awards
Honors: All-American, 1898

Benjamin Harrison Dibblee (July 8, 1876 – November 11, 1945)[1][2] was an All-American football player who played halfback for Harvard University. Dibblee attended preparatory school at the Groton School where he played on the football team and took a prominent role in athletics.[3] Dibblee was small for a football player, even by the standards of the 1890s, standing 5 feet, 8-8½ inches, and weighing only 156 pounds.[3] He enrolled at Harvard in 1895 and played on the fresham football team that year. In 1896, he played on the varsity team where he played in one or two games at fullback.[3] He was a starter for Harvard throughout his junior season in 1897.[3] As a senior in 1898, Dibblee was selected as captain of Harvard's football team and as a first-team All-American by Walter Camp,[4] Casper Whitney for Harper's Weekly,[5] the Syracuse Herald,[6] the New York Sun,[7] and the New York Evening Telegram.[8] In late November 1897, Dibblee was elected by his teammates as the captain of the 1898 Harvard football team.[9] As of 1913, Dibblee was the Pacific Coast manager for a firm of brokers.[10]


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  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Five Leading Football Players Who Will Command The Elevens of the Big Five". The World (NY). 1898-09-26.
  4. [Walter Camp Football Foundation]
  5. "All-American Eleven of 1898". Harper's Weekly. 1898.
  6. "All-American Eleven". Sunday Herald, Syracuse, NY. 1898-11-27.
  7. "All American Team What Janeway of Princeton Thinks of This Year's Football Players". New Haven Evening Register. 1898-11-24.
  8. "Another All-American Team". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 1898-11-29.
  9. "Dibblee To Captain Harvard: Crimson Yield the Palm to Pennsylvania" (PDF). The New York Times. 1897-11-21.
  10. "Caminetti Trial Gets Quick Start" (PDF). The New York Times. 1913-08-23.