Speer while playing for Furman
|Furman Paladins — No. N/A|
|Date of birth:March 5, 1895|
|Place of birth: Winston-Salem, North Carolina|
|Career highlights and awards|
|*All-Southern (1919, 1920)
James Harrel "Speedy" Speer (March 5, 1895 – September 2, 1976) was a college football player for the Furman Paladins of Furman University and a high school football coach. He was elected to the South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame in 1974, and the Furman Athletics Hall of Fame in 1981.
Furman[edit | edit source]
Citizens of Greenville raised the money for his college tuition, making him the first player ever recruited to Furman University. Speer also played basketball, baseball, and track. He was captain of the football team for two years, the basketball team two years, and the baseball team one year. Contemporary opinion held Speer as the greatest athlete in school history.
Football[edit | edit source]
1919[edit | edit source]
1920[edit | edit source]
Before the season, he and coach Laval spent time at the University of Illinois learning strategy. From the halfback position, he helped lead the 1920 team to a 9–1 record, outscoring opponents 286–16 and losing only to SIAA champion Georgia. Teammates included quarterback Milton McManaway and lineman Manning Jeter.
Baseball[edit | edit source]
Speer batted .400 in each of his three seasons on the baseball team.
High school football[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [database on-line] Registration State: South Carolina; Registration County: Greenville; Roll: 1877665; Draft Board: 2
- U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935–2014 [database on-line]. Number: 248-12-0772; Issue State: South Carolina; Issue Date: Before 1951.
- "'Speedy' Speer Named To Hall". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. May 4, 1974. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1876&dat=19740504&id=q3ssAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xMwEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4906,673890.
- "Honorees". http://www.southcarolinaathletichalloffame.org/.
- "Furman Athletic Hall of Fame". http://www.furmanpaladins.com/paladin_club/HallofFame.
- 2014 Furman Paladins Record Book. p. 105. http://catalog.e-digitaleditions.com/i/336821/106.
- Bill Sharp (May 15, 1921). "Furman Hero Is Speedy Speer Of Winston-Salem". Winstom-Salem Journal: p. 11. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/2083514/winstonsalem_journal/. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- "All-Southern Elevens". Spalding Football Guide. 1920, 1921. pp. 41, 69; 27, 67. https://archive.org/stream/officialfootball1920nati#page/n51/mode/2up/search/%22All+southern%22.
- "Billy Laval Lines Up Furman Outfit; Speedy Speer Back". The Charlotte Observer: p. 10. September 16, 1920. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/2083543//. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Ernie Trubiano. South Carolina Sports Legends. p. 44. https://books.google.com/books?id=JvcXtlwG9EsC&pg=PA44#v=onepage&q&f=false.
- ""Speedy" Speer Named To S. C. Hall of Fame". The Index-Journal: p. 6. May 3, 1974. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/2083530//. Retrieved March 28, 2015.