Stockton in San Joaquin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Amos Alonzo Stagg 1862-1965
Head Coach, College of the Pacific 1933-1946
“All football comes from Stagg.” Knute Rockne
Considered a great innovator and motivator in the development of college football, Amos Alonzo Stagg was one of the most influential sportsmen in U.S. history. He was an effective crusader for sportsmanship and amateur sports, and his mentoring of young men produced a legacy of distinguished coaches, teachers, and administrators steeped in his high-minded principles of developing one’s mind, body, spirit and character through sport. His coaching career spanned 68 years, and he logged more seasons as a college football coach than any man in history. Stagg symbolized far more than football as the embodiment of the amateur spirit in American sport, and he brought dignity and worth to the coaching profession. His arrival brought national recognition and “big-name” football to Pacific by scheduling games with nationally known teams such as Northwestern, Notre Dame, Southern Methodist, USC, and UCLA. His innovations in football are now standard in both college and professional football.
”I am delighted to join with all Americans in paying tribute to Amos Alonzo Stagg. His character and career have been an inspiration for countless Americans of all ages. Few men in history have set so persuasive and shining an example as teacher, coach, and citizen. His integrity and dedication to all of the goals he has set for himself are unmatched.”
– John F. Kennedy, President of the United States of America 1962
Erected by University of the Pacific.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1943.
Location. 37° 58.665′ N, 121° 18.963′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1163 Larry Heller Drive, Stockton CA 95211, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Excellence (here, next to this marker); Stagg Stadium (a few steps from this marker); Leadership (a few steps from this marker); Community (a few steps from this marker); Willard Harrell 39 (within shouting distance of this marker); Dick Bass 22 (within shouting distance of this marker); Eddie Macon #41 (within shouting distance of this marker); Eddie LeBaron #40 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stockton.
Also see . . .
1. American athlete and coach.
"[He] became one of the first enthusiasts of basketball, which was invented by James Naismith at the Springfield school in 1891."(Submitted on July 11, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.)
2. College Football Hall of Fame.
"Amos Alonzo Stagg is a charter member of the College Football Hall of Fame, elected as both player and coach in 1951."(Submitted on July 11, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.)
3. Basketball Hall of Fame.
" In 1892, less than a year after the game’s invention, he brought basketball from Springfield to Chicago."(Submitted on July 11, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.)
4. Acting Career. In addition to being inducted into the the Halls of Fame at the University of Chicago, Pacific Tigers, and Susquehanna University River Hawks, Stagg made appearances on the big screen and television. He played himself in the 1938 film Miracles of Sport and the 1940 film Knute Rockne All American, staring Pat O'Brien, Gale Page, and Ronald Reagan. He also appeared in a 1949 episode of We, the People. (Submitted on July 11, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. This page has been viewed 68 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 11, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.