Walter Irving Badger
Yale BulldogsNo.
Date of birth: January 15, 1859
Place of birth: Boston
Career history
*Yale (18791881)
Career highlights and awards
*National championship (1879, 1880, 1881)

Walter Irving Badger (January 15, 1859 – March 17, 1926) was an American football player and lawyer.

Badger was the quarterback on the undefeated 1879, 1880 and 1881 Yale Bulldogs football teams that have been recognized for winning three consecutive national championships. He was the quarterback in the same backfield with Walter Camp.[1][2] He was also captain of the Yale baseball team.[3]

Badger later became a Boston lawyer who was involved in many notable suits, including representation of Thomas Lawson, accused of stock manipulation, and Boston Gas Co. in 120 suits arising out of an 1897 gas explosion that killed nine persons.[4]


  1. Richard Melancthon Hurd (1888). A History of Yale Athletics, 1840-1888. Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor. p. 82.
  2. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 107. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  3. Samuel Atkins Eliot (1909). Biographical History of Massachusetts, Vol. II. Massachusetts Biographical Society.
  4. "Noted Lawyer, Yale Athlete, Dies at 67". The Hartford Courant: p. 11. March 18, 1926.
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