Posts Tagged ‘Widener athletics’


A Photo History of PMC-Widener Athletics

October 6, 2011

The new Widener Magazine that is arriving in mailboxes this week features the photo essay, “A Long History of Athletics on Campus.”  The hardest part about compiling this piece was choosing the photos because there were so many, many excellent shots in the Widener University Archives.  We had to cut quite a few great photos, such as the two images here: a 1960 Pennsylvania Military College football game, and a circa 1890 tennis match when the school was known as Pennsylvania Military Academy. (You can click on the photos to enlarge the images.)

Fortunately, however, you can peruse many of the photos I didn’t use, as well as historical documents, in the online exhibit 100 Years of Athletics: 1866 to 1966 in the Wolfgram Memorial Digital Collections.  Be sure to check it out. –-Sam Starnes, Editor.


Coming This Fall: Widener Athletics Issue

May 26, 2011

I’ve been working on a package of stories about the long history of athletics at Widener for the fall magazine, so it was exciting and timely to see the news earlier this week about longtime coach Bill Manlove’s election to College Football Hall of Fame.   Manlove, pictured above after Widener won the 1977 Divison III National Championship, will be the third from Widener to be inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame (players Billy “White Shoes” Johnson and Tom Deery are the other two). Manlove, who coached Widener from 1969-91 and won a second national championship in 1981, was interviewed Wednesday by KYW Newsradio 1060.

The forthcoming athletics package in the magazine will include a photo essay dating back to the late 1800s through the present (baseball was the first sport played on campus, starting in 1866).  In conjunction with the release of the magazine in October, archivists in the Wolfgram Memorial Library will put together an online exhibit about athletics that will feature many more images than I can fit into print.  If you have photographs of PMC and Widener sporting events past that you’d like to share, please send them our way.  We would like to see them and include them in the university collection.  Please contact me by phone at 610-499-4246 or e-mail at

–Sam Starnes, Editor