On this day in 1916, the Seaboard Railroad advertised this round-trip deal to see the University of Georgia football team take on the University of Alabama football team in their last game of the season on Thanksgiving Day:
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Georgia won 3-0 in a game that ended on a last-minute turnover when a Georgia player scooped up an Alabama fumble from inside the 5-yard line. Alabama had won its first six games of the season, but ended 6-3 after the loss to Georgia, who also ended the 1916 season at 6-3.
By the time the next season would have begun, most of the Georgia football players, as well as Coach Cunningham and Assistant Coach Dave Paddock, were engaged in World War I; five would not survive the war, and only two of the lettermen, Owen Gaston Reynolds and Arthur Pew, Jr., would return to the gridiron.
The 1917 and 1918 seasons were cancelled, and Georgia did not play football again until October 4, 1919, in a win over the Citadel. Coach Cunningham returned in 1919 to coach Georgia to a 4-2-3 season, but then left college athletics to pursue a career in the United States Army, where he reached the rank of General.
When Memorial Hall was opened in 1929, it was dedicated to the 47 University of Georgia men who died in the Great War.
- Athens Banner, Nov. 1916 - Mar. 1917 on Microfilm in the Heritage collection.
- The Ghosts of Herty Field: Early Days on a Southern Gridiron by John F. Stegeman in the Heritage collection.
- The Red & Black Historic Newspaper Archive collection on the University of Georgia Libraries website.
- The Atlanta Constitution in the Fold3 database via GALILEO.
- A Walking Tour of the University of Georgia by F. N. Boney in the general collection.
- The University of Georgia: A Bicentennial History by Thomas Dyer in the general collection.
- Between the Hedges: 100 Years of Georgia Football by Loran Smith in the general collection.
- University of Georgia Football History web pages on the UGA Athletic Association website.
- University of Alabama Football Archives web pages on the UA Athletic Department website.