Harry Beecher
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Beecher c. 1888
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Quarterback Graduate
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Date of birth: (1868-09-13)September 13, 1868
Place of birth: Peekskill, New York, U.S.
Career history
Yale (1884–1887)
Career highlights and awards
*National championship (1886, 1887)

Henry Ward "Harry" Beecher (Peekskill, New York, September 13, 1868 – Wilmette, Illinois, 26 September 1948) was a college football player and sportswriter.[1] He was the subject of the first American football card, printed in 1888.

Henry was son of Henry Barton and Harriet Jones Benedict Beecher. His paternal grandfather was Henry Ward Beecher and one of his paternal great-aunts was Harriet Beecher Stowe. He graduated from Yale University in 1888.[2]


Beecher was a prominent quarterback for the Yale Bulldogs football team of Yale University, called by one writer the school's greatest ever at the position.[3]


He accounted for 33 touchdowns in 1886.[4]


He was captain in 1887.[5] One source lists Beecher as the player of the year.[6]


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