Stanford, 1902-1903

As my research on the early days of college field hockey in the United States continued, I was surprised to learn that the sport was played in the western part of the country much earlier than I had previously thought. I inadvertently stumbled across evidence that the sport was played by women at the San Diego Normal School (now known as San Diego State University) as early as 1903, which inspired me to research the state of California in more detail. I eventually learned that women at Stanford took up field hockey around the same time, although in neither case have I been able to trace the origin of exposure to the sport. Continue reading “Stanford, 1902-1903”


Bryn Mawr College, 1901-1902

When Constance Applebee introduced field hockey to Bryn Mawr College in 1901, the school did not yet have its own newspaper. The College News, with Applebee as its faculty editor, would not begin publishing until 1914. Two campus literary magazines, The Fortnightly Philistine and The Lantern, were in existence at that time, though, and they documented the arrival of the new sport. Continue reading “Bryn Mawr College, 1901-1902”