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Edward Larkin
File:Edward P Larkin.jpg
Larkin in 1907
Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
Born(1882-03-17)March 17, 1882
Ithaca, New York
DiedAugust 18, 1948(1948-08-18) (aged 66)
Washington, D.C.
Playing career
Position(s)End, halfback
Head coaching record
Overall2–5

Patrick Edward "Bunny" Larkin (March 17, 1882 – August 18, 1948) was an American physician and college football coach. He served as a co-head coach alongside William Lang for the Maryland Agricultural College (now the University of Maryland) in 1909. Larkin was also an assistant football coach at Cornell University, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, and Georgetown University. He worked for many years as a team physician for the Washington Senators baseball team.

Early lifeEdit

Larkin was born on March 17, 1882 in Ithaca, New York, where he received his early education.[1] He played as a quarterback for Ithaca High School.[2] Larkin played baseball as a catcher for the Haverling team.[3] He enrolled at Cornell University for his undergraduate education in 1902,[3] and played on the football team. The Elmira Morning Telegram wrote, "He was a fast, tricky end, who knew all of the possibilities of the position."[4]

Larkin attended the Georgetown University School of Medicine, from which he graduated in 1908.[1] He earned a varsity letter on the Georgetown football team in 1904.[5] After college, Larkin held an internship with the Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

Upon the expiration of his college athletic eligibility, Larkin coached football as an assistant at Cornell.[6][7] In 1907, he served as an assistant at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School under head coach Glenn "Pop" Warner,[6] and helped coach the line and played on the practice team at Georgetown.[8][9] Bill Stern later described Larkin's coaching as "a gem of brevity and logic".[10] One season at Carlisle, Larkin explained to his players the game: "Boys, football is like this: When white man has ball, knock down white man. When Indian has ball, knock down white man."[11] At Carlisle, he "drilled Warner's Indians to look after Chicago's forward passes and fake plays".[12]

He turned down the opportunity to coach at Georgetown for the 1908 season despite strong support from the school's alumni and students.[6] He instead coached the ends at Cornell as the "head field coach".[12] In October, he spent a week confined with blood poisoning before returning to the sidelines.[13] That year, Larkin also managed the DuBois, Pennsylvania football club of the Inter-State League.[14]

Larkin worked for many years as the club physician for the Washington Senators baseball team.[15] He was also the team physician for the Georgetown football program.[16] In 1909, while also working for the Senators, Larkin assisted Bill Lang as co-head coach at the Maryland Agricultural College (now the University of Maryland). The team finished the season with a 2–5 record.[17]

In 1911, Larkin coached the ends at Carlisle,[4] and then assisted Ray Van Orman in coaching the ends at Cornell.[18] During the 1913 season, Warner, a long-time friend, lent his assistant and former Carlisle star Albert Exendine to coach the Georgetown football team in its final games as a favor to Larkin.[19] Exendine served as head coach at Georgetown for nine more seasons.[20] Larkin suffered a brief illness and died on August 18, 1948.[1]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Maryland Aggies (Independent) (1909)
1909 Maryland 2–5
Maryland: 2–5
Total: 2–5
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Bulletin, Volumes 2–4, Georgetown University Medical Center, 1948.
  2. Sullivan To Captain High School Eleven, Ithaca Daily News, January 5, 1915.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Personal Mention, Steuben Farmers' Advocate, October 22, 1902.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bunny Larkin Coaching Indians; Former Cornell End Helps Glenn Warner To Train Carlisle Backs, Elmira Morning Telegram, 1911.
  5. All-Time Roster (PDF), 2007 Georgetown Football Media Guide, p. 86, 2007.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Bunny Larkin Not Georgetown Coach; Expects to Go to Cornell or Carlisle., The Washington Times, December 21, 1907.
  7. All For Cornell, The Auburn Citizen, November 17, 1905.
  8. Georgetown Brightened By Showing, The Washington Times, November 12, 1907.
  9. Georgetown Ends Practice, The Washington Herald, November 15, 1907.
  10. Bill Stern, Bill Stern's Favorite Football Stories, p. 9, Doubleday, 1948.
  11. Mac Davis, Great Sports Humor, p. 96, Penguin Group USA, 1982, ISBN 0-448-12327-4.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Would Thwart Steffens, The Day, November 11, 1908.
  13. Coach Larkin Again With Cornell, The New York Times, October 12, 1908.
  14. Alan Howard Levy, Joe McCarthy: Architect of The Yankee Dynasty, p. 157, McFarland, 2005, ISBN 0-7864-1961-X.
  15. Bucky Harris' Finger Not Broken X-Ray Shows, Titusville Herald, November 6, 1925.
  16. Morris Allison Bealle, The Georgetown Hoyas: The Story of a Rambunctious Football Team, p. 61, Columbia Publishing Co., 1947.
  17. Morris Allison Bealle, King of American Football: The Story of Football at Maryland Agricultural College, Maryland State College and the University of Maryland: 1890–1952, pp. 64–66, Columbia Publishing Co., Washington, D.C., 1952.
  18. Cornell Works In Mud, The New York Times, November 6, 1911.
  19. Some Have Forgotten, The Georgetown Voice, September 27, 2007.
  20. Albert A. "Al" Exendine Records by Year, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved October 12, 2011.
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