Alex Weyand

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Weyand on November 13, 1915
Army Cadets
Position Tackle
Career history
College Army (1914–1915)
Personal information
Date of birth (1891-01-10)January 10, 1891
Place of birth Jersey City, New Jersey
Date of death May 10, 1982(1982-05-10) (aged 91)
Place of death North Bellmore, New York
College Football Hall of Fame (1974)

Alexander Mathias "Babe" Weyand (January 10, 1891 – May 10, 1982) was an American football player, Olympian, Army officer and sports historian. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974.


Weyand was born on January 10, 1891 (or 1892) to Alexander N. Weyand and Mary C. Lieberman in Jersey City, New Jersey. Weyand played high school football at Jersey City High School, where he did not earn a letter in any sport.

College career

At the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1911 to 1915, Weyand starred at tackle and was the captain of the 1915 team.[1]

Nicknamed during his "yearling" (sophomore) year at West Point "Babe" by his teammate Dwight David Eisenhower, he was described in The Real All Americans: The Team That Changed a Game, a People, a Nation (Jenkins, S., Random House 2007) as a "tireless, one-man wrecking crew."

In 1913, Army lost one game—against Notre Dame and its legends Knute Rockne and Gus Dorais. They were undefeated in 1914 with a 20–7 win over the Irish. And they beat Navy in 1913, 1914 and 1915, the same years Weyand was selected to the College Football All-America Team.

Military career

After graduating from West Point, Weyand served with distinction in World War I, where he earned a Silver Star (gallantry), Purple Heart (wounded in action) and battlefield promotion to major and battalion commander.

After World War I, he competed in the heavyweight Greco-Roman class in wrestling at the 1920 Summer Olympics.[2]

Due to severe hearing loss caused by frontline duty in World War I, Weyand could not serve in combat in World War II. He retired from active duty in 1946 at the rank of Colonel.

Sports historian

In retirement, Col. Weyand wrote a series of acclaimed sports histories, including the seminal Saga of American Football (New York: MacMillan, 1955), foreword by Grantland Rice. Sports historian John Sayle Watterson in his book College Football: History, Spectacle, Controversy (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000) describes the book as follows "[s]uccinct and fast-paced, Weyand's history masterfully depicts the game's origins, its early stars and teams, the geographic expansion of football, and the changes in its rules."

In 1965, Weyand and former Delaware lacrosse coach Milton Roberts wrote The Lacrosse Story, the first full-length history of the sport of lacrosse based on nine years of research.[3]


Weyand died on May 10, 1982 in North Bellmore, New York. He is interred next to his wife, Marie, at West Point, New York.[4]


  1. "Weyand To Captain Army Team in 1915". The Day. Nov 30, 1914. Retrieved 2013-11-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Alex Weyand Olympic Results". Retrieved 2013-09-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Donald M. Fisher, Lacrosse: A History of the Game, p. 218, JHU Press, 2002, ISBN 0-8018-6938-2.
  4. Alex "Babe" Weyand, College Football Hall of Fame. Accessed June 27, 2013.

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