: Dude -
: Here's what I found from looking at old
: programs. It's obvious that roles and
: positions were different in those days than
: they are in today's game.
: 1931 - The only program I have from this
: season is for an away game at Nevada.
: Positions are only listed for the starters,
: and Moore (no first name given) is shown as
: the starting QB.
: 1932 - No program available.
: 1933 - I have two programs from this season
: - SF State (home) and Cal Aggies (home).
: Howard Wulfing is shown as the starting QB
: for the SF State game and George MacLachlan
: is listed as the starting QB for the Cal
: Aggies game. However, Wulfing is listed on
: the roster as a fullback. Three others
: variously listed as QBs or halfbacks
: depending on where you look are Francis
: Pura, "Dee" Shehtanian and Fred
: Bennett. Wulfing, Shehtanian and Bennett are
: all shown as having won one letter in
: previous seasons, while MacLachlan and Pura
: had not lettered.
: 1934 - I have three programs from this
: season - Santa Barbara AC (home), Cal Aggies
: (away) and Nevada (away). Dave Barr is
: listed as the starting QB for the Santa
: Barbara AC and Nevada games, although he's
: listed on the roster as a fullback. Dee
: Shehtanian and Norman Sanders are shown on
: the roster as QBs, while Francis Pura is
: shown in different places as either a QB or
: a halfback and Gil Bishop is shown as either
: a QB or an end. Rinaldo Wren is listed as
: the starting QB for the Cal Aggies game, but
: is listed on the roster as a halfback.
: 1935 - I only have one program from this
: season - Willamette (away). Sanders (no
: first name given) is listed as the starting
: QB, with Carpenter shown as the only other
: QB on the roster.
: 1942 - I have two programs for this season -
: Whittier (away) and USF (away). Bill Perry
: is listed as the starting QB for both games
: although he's listed on the roster as a
: halfback. Vern Cartwright is shown on the
: roster as a backup QB for the Whittier game,
: while he, Hal Bianchi and Dick Shove are
: listed as backup QBs for the USF game.
: Shove was listed as a halfback on the roster
: for the Whittier game while Bianchi wasn't
: listed at all.
: As interesting sidelights, here are quotes
: concerning the SJSU team taken from the two
: 1942 game-day programs:
: Whittier game: "...only six lettermen
: and six other experienced veterans were back
: to form the nucleus of a team comprised of
: some 50 freshmen and a few junior college
: USF game: "Even Bill Perry, 195-pound
: sophomore quarterback, is a scoring threat,
: and at present tops the San Jose squad in
: total points. Rivaling Keith Birlem, star
: quarterback of the 1938 team, as a blocker,
: Perry has tossed aside the solo blocking
: role of former Spartan signal-callers to
: become another threat in the
: backfield." I think this explains why
: Rat found that our leading passers during
: the 1930's were different than the people
: listed as the QB's - the role of the QB was
: entirely different prior to WWII than it is
: --Previous Message--
: Looking for QB names from these years...
: I can cross reference the names with the
: list of letter winners in the media guide.
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