1892 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
The 1892 Crimson Tide football team was the first football team to play for the University of Alabama. Interest in the game was spurred by student William G. Little, a Livingston native who learned to play football at the Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.
Playing their first year of varsity football in Tuscaloosa, Alabama earned a 2-2 record under coach Eugene Beaumont, who did not return. Members of the team included William Bankhead, later the 47th Speaker of the House, and Bibb Graves, later Governor of Alabama. Observers referred to the team as "The Cadets", "The Crimson White", or "The Varsity".
- November 11: Alabama's first game was a 56-0 scrimmage victory over Birmingham High School at Lakeview Park in Birmingham.
- November 12: Alabama lost 4-5 to the Birmingham Athletic Club in their first "real" game the following day. Joseph Ross' 5-point field goal, kicked from 65 yards, eclipsed the 4 points Alabama earned for its touchdown.
- December 10: In the rematch, Alabama shut out the Athletic Club 14-0.
- February 22, 1893: In the 1st Iron Bowl, the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama at Auburn defeated Alabama by a score of 32-22.
- 1982 team photo at crimsontider.com
- Dabney, Richard (2006) Birmingham's Highland Park. Images of America Series. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Press. ISBN 0738543438