The 1898 College Football All-America team is composed of American football players who were selected as the best players at their positions by various organizations that chose College Football All-America Teams that season. The organizations that chose the teams included Collier's Weekly selected by Walter Camp and the Syracuse Herald.
The 1898 season marked the first time players from the west were named to the All-American teams. Michigan center William Cunningham and Chicago fullback Clarence Herschberger were the first two western players to receive the recognition. Prior to 1898, all of the prior All-America football teams had been selected from among five Ivy League teams – Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Penn, and Cornell.
Bold = Consensus All-American
The 1898 All-Western college football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Western teams chosen by various selectors for the 1898 college football season.1898 Army Cadets football team
The 1898 Army Cadets football team represented the United States Military Academy in the 1898 college football season. In their second season under head coach Herman Koehler, the Cadets compiled a 3–2–1 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 90 to 51. The Cadets' two losses came against undefeated co-national champion Harvard and Yale. The Army–Navy Game was not played in 1898.Four Army Cadets were honored on the 1898 College Football All-America Team. Fullback Charles Romeyn was a consensus first-team All-American, receiving first-team honors from Caspar Whitney and the New York Sun. Quarterback Leon Kromer, tackle Robert Foy, and end Walter Smith were recognized as third-team All-Americans by Walter Camp.1898 Cornell Big Red football team
The 1898 Cornell Big Red football team was an American football team that represented Cornell University during the 1898 college football season. In their second season under head coach Pop Warner, the Big Red compiled a 10–2 record and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 296 to 29. Three Cornell players received honors on the 1898 College Football All-America Team: tackle Edwin Sweetland (Walter Camp-3); guard Daniel A. Reed, Cornell (Camp-3, Leslie's Weekly-2); and halfback Allen E. Whiting, Cornell (Outing-2, Leslie's-2).1898 Yale Bulldogs football team
The 1898 Yale Bulldogs football team represented Yale University in the 1898 college football season. The Bulldogs finished with a 9–2 record under second-year head coach Frank Butterworth. The team recorded seven shutouts and won its first nine games by a combined 146 to 11 score. It then lost its final two games against rivals Princeton (6–0) and Harvard (17–0).Three Yale players, halfback Malcolm McBride and guards Burr Chamberlain and Gordon Brown, were consensus picks for the 1898 College Football All-America Team.1898 college football season
The 1898 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Harvard and Princeton as having been selected national champions.Charles Romeyn (American football)
Charles Annesley Romeyn (December 14, 1874 – January 31, 1950) was an American football player and United States Army officer. He played for the Army Black Knights football team and was selected as a consensus first-team fullback on the 1898 College Football All-America Team.Clarence Herschberger
Clarence Bert "Herschie" Herschberger (July 24, 1876 – December 14, 1936) was an American football fullback, punter and placekicker. He played for the University of Chicago from 1896 to 1898 and became the first western player to be selected as a first-team All-American in 1898. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1970.Frank Hudson (American football)
Frank Hudson (1875 – December 24, 1950) was a Native American football player and coach. He was a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe from New Mexico.
He played college football for the Carlisle Indian Industrial School from 1895 to 1899 and was considered the greatest kicker in the early years of American football. In 1898, he became the first Native American player of the sport to be selected as an All-American. He was selected as a first-team All-American by Outing magazine in both 1898 and 1899.
From 1904 to 1906, he served as an assistant coach of the Carlisle football team, becoming one of the first non-white coaches in college football history.Lew Palmer
Lew Russell Palmer (February 11, 1875 – March 24, 1945) was an American football player and expert on industrial safety and accident prevention. He played for the Princeton Tigers football team and was selected as the consensus first-team end on the 1898 College Football All-America Team.
Palmer was born in Adrian, Michigan, in 1875. He attended Grinnell College in Iowa. While at Grinnell, he set a western intercollegiate record in the half-mile run and was selected as an All-American in cross country. He subsequently enrolled at Princeton University. He graduated from Princeton in 1898 and remained for an additional three years to study electrical engineering. While at Princeton, he played for the Princeton Tigers football team. He was a consensus first-team honoree on the 1898 College Football All-America Team, and he was selected as a second-team All-American by Outing magazine in 1899.After completing his studies at Princeton, Palmer went to work for Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was one of the founders of the Association of Iron and Steel Electrical Engineers in 1907 and also served as that organization's president. He also served as president of the National Safety Council and held positions with the Lackawanna Steel Company in Buffalo, New Jersey Zinc Co., and the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company in Pittsburgh.In 1913, Palmer became the chief inspector of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. In November 1917, he became the acting commissioner of the same department. He was also the chairman of the National Committee on Industrial Safety.In November 1918, Palmer became the director of safety and personnel for the Equitable Life Assurance Society. He remained with Equitable through at least 1940. In 1920, he was living in Yonkers, New York, with his wife, Vesta, and their daughter Christine. In 1930 and 1940, he remained living with his wife, Vesta (and in 1920 his daughter) in Yonkers and was employed as a "conservation engineer" by Equitable Life.Palmer died in 1945. He was buried at Perry Township Cemetery in Stark County, Ohio.Walter S. Kennedy
Walter Scott Kennedy (c. 1873 – April 28, 1954) was an American football player and coach and newspaper publisher. He was an All-American quarterback for the University of Chicago and captain of the 1898 and 1899 Chicago Maroons football teams. He later moved to Albion, Michigan where he was the publisher of the Albion Evening Recorder from 1904 to 1939. He also coached the Albion College football team from 1904 to 1920.
1898 College Football All-America Team consensus selections