November 17, 2014 - Question
November brings Thanksgiving and a reprise of the nation’s oldest high school football rivalry. The annual Wellesley-Needham football game began in 1882 at Hunnewell Park, now known as Morton Field, with Wellesley emerging as the winner with a score of 4-0.
November 27, 2014
The football equipment used by the Wellesley football players is called a nose guard. The strap seen around the player’s neck in the photo was actually tied around the top of the head, the hard shield was placed over the nose and the player further secured the nose guard by placing a molded bite plate (found on the back) between their teeth. Three small holes are also visible at the bottom of the nose guard to help players to breathe while wearing this equipment! While the nose guard may have spared some players injury, it did not give the Wellesley players an advantage on the field; these Wellesley players tied with Needham in 1901, with a score of 0 - 0.
Kathleen Fahey, Curator