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Harry Baum
Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
Bornc. 1874
DiedMarch 3, 1950 (aged 75–76)
Playing career
Position(s)Halfback
Head coaching record
Overall3–2

Harry W. Baum (c. 1874[1] – March 3, 1950) was an American college football coach and construction engineer. He served as the head coach at Tulane University in 1896. Baum attended the University of Illinois, where he played on the football team as a halfback.

BiographyEdit

Baum attended the University of Illinois, where he played on the football team as a halfback.[1][2] He graduated from Illinois in 1895 with a degree in civil engineering.[3] After college, he undertook pneumatic foundation work in St. Louis, Missouri.[4]

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He served as the first paid Tulane football coach in 1896. His salary was funded through gate receipts and monthly dues from members of the Tulane Athletic Association.[5] He coached the Olive and Blue to a 3–2 record.[6] In the game against Louisiana State, with Tulane leading, 2–0, Baum attempted to substitute a player not enrolled at the university. LSU's coach protested the substitution, and Tulane forfeited the game, which was recorded as a 6–0 decision in favor of LSU. After the season in its December meeting, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association sanctioned the school by disallowing it to field an intercollegiate team the following year.[7] Without a football team for the 1897 season, Baum left New Orleans.[5] He returned to his alma mater to serve as an assistant coach under George Huff.[3]

In 1920, Baum entered the engineering contracting business.[8] He worked on the construction of the state capitol buildings in Salt Lake City, Oklahoma City, and Boise, Idaho, and the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.[9] Baum died on March 3, 1950.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Illio, p. 192, University of Illinois, 1896.
  2. Illio, p. 106, University of Illinois, 1895.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Winton U. Solberg, The University of Illinois, 1894–1904: The Shaping of the University, p. 365, University of Illinois Press, 2000, ISBN 0-252-02579-2.
  4. The alumni quarterly of the University of Illinois, Volumes 1–2, p. 40, Alumni Association of the University of Illinois, 1907.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dale A. Somers, The Rise of Sports in New Orleans: 1850–1900, p. 264, Pelican Publishing, 1972, ISBN 0-8071-0042-0.
  6. Harry W. Baum Records by Year, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved December 11, 2010.
  7. Dale A. Somers, The Rise of Sports in New Orleans: 1850–1900, p. 267, Pelican Publishing, 1972, ISBN 0-8071-0042-0.
  8. The Technograph, Volume 33 (1920 - 1921), p. 96, January 1921.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Engineering News-Record, Volume 144, p. 78, McGraw-Hill, 1950.
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