Buck Shaw

Lawrence Timothy "Buck" Shaw (March 28, 1899 – March 19, 1977) was an American football player and coach.[1][2] He was the head coach for Santa Clara University, the University of California, Berkeley, the San Francisco 49ers, the United States Air Force Academy, and the Philadelphia Eagles. He attended the University of Notre Dame, where he became a star player on Knute Rockne's first unbeaten team. He started his coaching career with one year as head coach at North Carolina State and four years as a line coach at Nevada in Reno.

At Santa Clara, he compiled an impressive 47–10–4 (.803) record; his first two teams posted consecutive Sugar Bowl wins over LSU. After war-time service, his only team at California went 4–5–1 in 1945. In 1946, Shaw became the San Francisco 49ers' first head coach in the old All-America Football Conference and continued through 1954; they entered the National Football League in from 1950. After two seasons as the first Air Force Academy varsity head coach (1956–1957), he returned to the NFL in 1958 with Philadelphia. He stepped down after three seasons, following their win in the championship game over Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers.

Buck Shaw
Buck Shaw
Shaw in The Agromeck 1925,
North Carolina State yearbook
Biographical details
BornMarch 28, 1899
Mitchellville, Iowa, U.S.
DiedMarch 19, 1977 (aged 77)
Menlo Park, California, U.S.
Playing career
1918Creighton
1919–1921Notre Dame
Position(s)Tackle, placekicker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1924NC State
1925–1928Nevada
1929–1935Santa Clara (line)
1936–1942Santa Clara
1945California
1946–1954San Francisco 49ers
1956–1957Air Force
1958–1960Philadelphia Eagles
Head coaching record
Overall72–49–12 (college)
91–55–5 (AAFC/NFL)
Bowls2–0
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
NFL Championship (1960)
Awards
All-American Tackle
all-time "Fighting Irish" football team (player)
AP & UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1960)
Iowa Sports Hall of Fame
San Francisco Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame
San Jose Sports Hall of Fame
Santa Clara University Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1972 (profile)

Early life

Shaw was born in Mitchellville, Iowa, ten miles (16 km) east of Des Moines, to cattle ranchers Tim and Margaret Shaw. One of five children (brothers Bill, Jim, and John, and sister Mary), the family moved to Stuart when Shaw was ten, where high school football had been abolished because of a fatality. He played only four games as a prep after the sport was brought back in 1917, his senior year.

College

Shaw enrolled at Creighton University in Omaha in the fall of 1918 and went out for football; he played one game before the rest of the schedule wiped out by the flu epidemic. He transferred to the University of Notre Dame in 1919. Shaw apparently loved track and field competition. In fact it was track, not football that attracted him to Notre Dame. He enrolled at South Bend and went out for the track team. However, Shaw fell into the hands of Knute Rockne and became one of the greatest tackles and placekickers in Notre Dame history.

Shaw was a starter for Rockne from 1919 to 1921, first at left tackle and then in 1920 and 1921 as right tackle opening holes for George Gipp. He finished his playing career being selected an All-American by Football World Magazine. Shaw also set a record by converting 38 of 39 extra points during his varsity career, a mark that stood until 1976, more than 50 years after he graduated. Shaw is a member of the all-time "Fighting Irish" football team.

Coaching career

College

In the spring of Shaw's senior year at Notre Dame, Rockne came to Shaw with a couple of letters from schools seeking coaches, one from Auburn University in Alabama, and another from the University of Nevada in Reno.

Although he started his coaching career at North Carolina State in 1924, he apparently did not want to go further south to Auburn. He heard from a friend at Notre Dame who was from Nevada that American football was new out there; they'd been playing rugby before. In a 1970 interview, Shaw said, "It sounded like an interesting challenge, so I took the Nevada job as line coach."

Shaw was at Nevada for four years, then took a job with an oil firm and wanted to stay out of the coaching field, but was talked into becoming an assistant coach at Santa Clara University by his old teammate, Clipper Smith. He was line coach under Smith from 1929 to 1935; during the first season, the stock market crashed. "I had a heck of a time getting on my feet," explained Shaw, "Santa Clara could only afford to hire us on a seasonal basis in those years, and I was working for Standard Oil when I became head coach in 1936 after Clipper resigned to go to Villanova".

Shaw's first two Bronco teams (1936 and 1937) went a combined 18–1, including back-to-back wins in New Orleans over local favorite LSU in the Sugar Bowl in January 1937 and 1938. Possibly the first major coach to "phone-it-in" when because of an illness, he did not travel with the team but coached them to victory over the telephone. Santa Clara dropped football after the 1942 war-time season, and Shaw stayed on campus for two years to assist the Army's physical education program on campus.

Shaw, while waiting for the professional All-America Football Conference to get off the ground, managed to mold California into a representative team and defeated a Frankie Albert-led St. Mary's Pre-Flight team, 6–0. It was a losing season overall for the Bears, but they had a good bunch of players, Shaw and his staff remarked after the 1945 season.

The second Air Force Academy varsity head football coach, Shaw guided the Falcons to a 6–2–1 mark in 1956, and a 3–6–1 record in 1957.

Professional

Shaw was the San Francisco 49ers’ first head coach, working with such pro luminaries as Frankie Albert, Y. A. Tittle and Hugh McElhenny. In 1944 and 1945, before World War II ended, the Morabito brothers, Victor and Tony, began organizing the San Francisco 49ers for entry into a new professional league, the All-America Football Conference (AAFC). Shaw and his assistant, Al Ruffo, were hired by the 49ers, but then were permitted to accept a one-year contract at California when the AAFC league kickoff was delayed until 1946. In 1946, Shaw took over the 49ers, and with the left-handed Frankie Albert leading and directing the attack, the team placed second to the Cleveland Browns four times (1946–1949) in the Western Division of the AAFC. In 1950, the 49ers along with the Browns and the Baltimore Colts merged with the rival NFL.

In 1958, Shaw took over a last-place Philadelphia Eagles team and started rebuilding. He immediately dealt Buck Lansford, Jimmy Harris, and a first-round draft choice to the Los Angeles Rams for 32-year-old, nine-year veteran quarterback Norm Van Brocklin. Shaw and Van Brocklin led the Eagles to the NFL championship in 1960 with a 17–13 victory at Franklin Field over Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers, the only time the Lombardi-era Packers lost a postseason game. The contest ended on a game-saving tackle of Green Bay's Jim Taylor inside then ten-yard line. It was made by center/linebacker "sixty-minute-man" Chuck Bednarik, who because of early season injuries at linebacker revived, at Shaw's request, the long-discarded concept of two-way football.

After winning the 1960 championship, the 61-year-old Coach Shaw retired, saying "I wanted to get out while I was ahead." In the quiet Green Bay dressing room, Lombardi said he was "happy for Buck". "Seeing he's going to retire, that's a nice note for him to go out on." Shaw was the oldest head coach to win an NFL championship for over 39 years, until Dick Vermeil's victory with the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV in early 2000.

Later life and legacy

After retiring from coaching, Shaw returned to California to work for a paper products company, and spent the later years of his life in Menlo Park. He and his wife had two married daughters who also lived in California.

In 1962, led by Sal Sanfilippo (SCU ’30, J.D. SCU '32), former players, friends, and fans of Shaw banded together to form the Bronco Bench Foundation to raise money for and build a football stadium on the Santa Clara University campus in his honor. On September 22, 1962, the first football game, a contest between Santa Clara and UC Davis, was played in Buck Shaw Stadium.

Shaw died of cancer in 1977 at the age of 77 at Stanford University's Branch Convalescent Hospital.[1][2]

Head coaching record

College

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
NC State Wolfpack (Southern Conference) (1924)
1924 NC State 2–6–2 1–4–1 18th
NC State: 2–6–2 1–4–1
Nevada Wolf Pack (Far Western Conference) (1925–1928)
1925 Nevada 4–3–1 3–1 2nd
1926 Nevada 4–4 3–1 2nd
1927 Nevada 2–6–1 1–3 5th
1928 Nevada 0–7–1 0–4–1 6th
Nevada: 10–20–3 7–9–1
Santa Clara Broncos (Independent) (1936–1942)
1936 Santa Clara 8–1 W Sugar 6
1937 Santa Clara 9–0 W Sugar 9
1938 Santa Clara 6–2
1939 Santa Clara 5–1–3 14
1940 Santa Clara 6–1–1 11
1941 Santa Clara 6–3
1942 Santa Clara 7–2 15
Santa Clara: 47–10–4
California Golden Bears (Pacific Coast Conference) (1945)
1945 California 4–5–1 2–4–1 6th
California: 4–5–1 2–4–1
Air Force Falcons (NCAA University Division independent) (1956–1957)
1956 Air Force 6–2–1
1957 Air Force 3–6–1
Air Force: 9–8–2
Total: 72–49–12

Professional (AAFC/NFL)

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
SF 1946 9 5 0 .643 2nd in Western Division - - -
SF 1947 8 4 2 .667 2nd in Western Division - - -
SF 1948 12 2 0 .857 2nd in Western Division - - -
SF 1949 9 3 0 .750 2nd in AAFC 1 1 .500 Beat New York Yankees in Semifinals
Lost to Cleveland Browns in AAFC Championship Game
SF AAFC Total 38 14 2 .722 1 1 .500
SF 1950 3 9 0 .250 T-5th in National Conference - - -
SF 1951 7 4 1 .636 T-2nd in National Conference - - -
SF 1952 7 5 0 .583 3rd in National Conference - - -
SF 1953 9 3 0 .750 2nd in Western Conference - - -
SF 1954 7 4 1 .636 3rd in Western Conference - - -
SF 49ers AAFC-NFL Total 71 39 5 .621 1 1 .500
PHI 1958 2 9 1 .182 5th in NFL Eastern Conference - - -
PHI 1959 7 5 0 .583 2nd in NFL Eastern Conference - - -
PHI 1960 10 2 0 .833 1st in NFL Eastern Conference 1 0 1.000 Beat Green Bay Packers in NFL Championship Game
PHI NFL Total 19 16 1 .543 1 0 1.000 1 NFL title
Official NFL Total 52 41 3 .670 1 0 1.000 1 NFL title, one playoff appearance
Professional Total 90 55 5 .621 2 1 .666 1 league title in two playoff appearance
Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com

References

  1. ^ a b "Legendary coach dead at 77". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). UPI. March 20, 1977. p. 2B.
  2. ^ a b "Ex-coach Shaw dies of cancer". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. March 21, 1977. p. 21.

External links

1955 Pro Bowl

The 1955 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's (NFL) fifth annual all-star game which featured the league's outstanding performers from the 1954 season. The game was played on January 16, 1955, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, in front of 42,972 fans. The West squad defeated the East by a score of 26–19.The West team was led by Buck Shaw (although he had recently been fired by the San Francisco 49ers) while Jim Trimble of the Philadelphia Eagles coached the East squad. 49ers end Billy Wilson was unanimously selected as the game's outstanding player.

1960 Pro Bowl

The 1960 Pro Bowl was the NFL's tenth annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1959 season. The game was played on Saturday, January 17, 1960, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California in front of 58,876. The final score was West 38, East 21.The East team was led by the Philadelphia Eagles' Buck Shaw while Red Hickey of the San Francisco 49ers coached the West squad. The Baltimore Colts swept the player of the game awards, with quarterback Johnny Unitas, the NFL MVP for 1959, being voted the outstanding back and defensive lineman Eugene Lipscomb named the outstanding lineman.

1961 Pro Bowl

The 1961 Pro Bowl was the NFL's eleventh annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1960 season. The game was played on January 15, 1961, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California in front of 62,971 fans. The final score was West 35, East 31.The coaches were Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers and Buck Shaw of the Philadelphia Eagles. This game marked the end of the great career of Norm Van Brocklin. The Eagles' quarterback was playing in his final game after 12 seasons, having been named the coach of the expansion Minnesota Vikings. Van Brocklin was angry that the Eagles had not named him head coach, which he said they had promised following the retirement of Buck Shaw.Jim Taylor scored a record three touchdowns, and Van Brocklin established Pro Bowl records for passing with 288 yards and three touchdowns. Yet fan favorite Johnny Unitas was voted the game’s outstanding back for the second season in a row and the Giants' Sam Huff took the lineman honors.

1983 Santa Clara Broncos football team

The 1983 Santa Clara Broncos football team represented Santa Clara University during the 1983 NCAA Division II football season.

Santa Clara competed in the Western Football Conference (WFC). The Broncos were led by head coach Pat Malley in his twenty-fifth year at the helm. They played home games at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The team finished the season as WFC co-champion, with a record of six wins and four losses (6–4, 2–1 WFC). The Broncos outscored their opponents 173–144 for the season.

1984 Santa Clara Broncos football team

The 1984 Santa Clara Broncos football team represented Santa Clara University during the 1984 NCAA Division II football season.

Santa Clara competed in the Western Football Conference (WFC). The Broncos were led by head coach Pat Malley in his last year at the helm. Coach O'Malley finished his 26 year career at Santa Clara with an overall record of 142–100–3, a winning percentage of .586. The 1984 team played home games at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California. They finished the season with a record of seven wins and four losses (7–4, 1–2 WFC). The Broncos outscored their opponents 173–144 for the season.

1985 Santa Clara Broncos football team

The 1985 Santa Clara Broncos football team represented Santa Clara University during the 1985 NCAA Division II football season. Santa Clara competed in the Western Football Conference (WFC). The WFC added two new members for the 1985 season, Cal Lutheran and Cal State Sacramento.The Broncos were led by first-year head coach Terry Malley. Terry Malley took over the coaching job when the previous coach, his father Pat Malley, died in May 1985. The Broncos played home games at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California. They finished the season as champion of the WFC, with a record of eight wins, two losses and one tie (8–2–1, 4–0–1 WFC). The Broncos outscored their opponents 306–203 for the season.

1988 Santa Clara Broncos football team

The 1988 Santa Clara Broncos football team represented Santa Clara University during the 1988 NCAA Division II football season. Santa Clara competed in the Western Football Conference (WFC).

The Broncos were led by fourth-year head coach Terry Malley. They played home games at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Santa Clara finished the season with a record of seven wins and four losses (7–4, 4–2 WFC). The Broncos outscored their opponents 251–233 for the season.

1989 Santa Clara Broncos football team

The 1989 Santa Clara Broncos football team represented Santa Clara University during the 1989 NCAA Division II football season. Santa Clara competed in the Western Football Conference (WFC).

The Broncos were led by fifth-year head coach Terry Malley. They played home games at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Santa Clara finished the season with a record of seven wins and four losses (7–4, 3–3 WFC). The Broncos outscored their opponents 250–211 for the season.

1990 Santa Clara Broncos football team

The 1990 Santa Clara Broncos football team represented Santa Clara University during the 1990 NCAA Division II football season. Santa Clara competed in the Western Football Conference (WFC).

The Broncos were led by sixth-year head coach Terry Malley. They played home games at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Santa Clara finished the season with a record of six wins and five losses (6–5, 2–3 WFC). The Broncos outscored their opponents 251–231 for the season.

1991 Santa Clara Broncos football team

The 1991 Santa Clara Broncos football team represented Santa Clara University during the 1991 NCAA Division II football season. Santa Clara competed in the Western Football Conference (WFC).

The Broncos were led by seventh-year head coach Terry Malley. They played home games at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Santa Clara finished the season with a record of five wins and six losses (5–6, 0–5 WFC). The Broncos outscored their opponents 309–281 for the season.

1992 Santa Clara Broncos football team

The 1992 Santa Clara Broncos football team represented Santa Clara University during the 1992 NCAA Division II football season. The Broncos were led by eighth-year head coach Terry Malley and played home games on campus at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Santa Clara finished the season with a record of four wins and six losses (4–6, 1–3 WFC), and were outscored by their opponents 245–334 for the season.

Santa Clara competed in the last year of the Western Football Conference (WFC). The WFC folded in part because of a new NCAA rule that prohibited member institutions who competed at the Division I (D-I) level in other sports to compete at the Division II (D-II) level in football. Rather than move up to D-I for football, the university discontinued the football program after this season. (Rival Saint Mary's continued its football program as a Division I-AA independent for eleven more seasons.)

In eight seasons as head coach of the Broncos, Malley compiled a 47–39–1 (.546) record.

2008 San Jose Earthquakes season

The 2008 San Jose Earthquakes season was the eleventh season of the team's existence, and the first in their return to the league as an expansion team.

2009 San Jose Earthquakes season

The 2009 San Jose Earthquakes season was the twelfth season of the team's existence, and the second since its revival. The season began with a 1-0 home loss to the New England Revolution on March 21, and ended with a 2-0 loss at the Los Angeles Galaxy on October 24.

2010 San Jose Earthquakes season

The 2010 San Jose Earthquakes season was the club's thirteenth season of existence. The Earthquakes finished 8th overall in MLS and finished in the Eastern Conference finals of the MLS Cup playoffs before losing to the Colorado Rapids. It was the first season the club made the playoffs since 2005.

2011 San Jose Earthquakes season

The 2011 San Jose Earthquakes season was the club's 14th year of existence, as well as its 14th season in Major League Soccer and its fourth consecutive season in the top-flight of American soccer. This is the 29th season of a club bearing the "Earthquakes" name.

2012 San Jose Earthquakes season

The 2012 San Jose Earthquakes season is the club's 15th year of existence, as well as its 15th season in Major League Soccer and its fifth consecutive season in the top-flight of American soccer. Including all previous franchises, this is the 30th year with a soccer club in the San Jose area sporting the name "Earthquakes".

2013 San Jose Earthquakes season

The 2013 San Jose Earthquakes season is the club's 16th year of existence, as well as its 16th season in Major League Soccer and its sixth consecutive season in the top-flight of American soccer. Including all previous franchises, this is the 31st year with a soccer club in the San Jose area sporting the name "Earthquakes".

San Jose entered the season as the defending Supporters' Shield winners, having the best regular season in 2012.

2014 San Jose Earthquakes season

The 2014 San Jose Earthquakes season is the club's 17th year of existence, as well as its 17th season in Major League Soccer and its 7th consecutive season in the top-flight of American soccer. Including all previous franchises, this is the 32nd year with a soccer club in the San Jose area sporting the name "Earthquakes".

This was the final season of the Earthquakes playing in Buck Shaw Stadium as the club would move into its new stadium for the 2015 season.

Stevens Stadium

Stevens Stadium is a 7,000-seat soccer stadium at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. The stadium is the current home of the Santa Clara Broncos soccer teams and was the former home of the now defunct Santa Clara football team as well as the Santa Clara baseball team. The baseball team moved to their new home at Stephen Schott Stadium in 2005. The stadium is the former home of the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer. The stadium's capacity was increased in the winter of 2007 from a capacity of 6,800 to 10,300. The stadium was named Buck Shaw Stadium before a renovation in 2015.

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