Mrs. Miller Forcibly Removes Her Two Sons from a Football Game at Bridgeport, Conn.
Probably the first appearance of a woman on the football field in Connecticut to take part in a scrimmage was in Bridgeport Conn., at Seaside Park. It was a game between the eleven of the Triangular Athletic Club of Bridgeport and Merrill’s Business College of Stamford, Conn. The woman was Mrs. Miller of Stamford. Just as the game started a cab drove on to the field where the teams were playing. Mrs. Miller was in the way of a wedge, but that did not frighten her. Her two sons were in the Stamford eleven, and she was after them. She went into the thickest of the scrimmage, and when she emerged she had the two players with her, leading them along by the ears. The crowd cheered the mother, and she led the boys from the field amid cries of “Stick to your mother, Tom!” and “Back Among the Old Folks Once Again.” The Miller boys had run away to win glory on the gridiron against the wishes of their parents.
Reprinted from the National Police Gazette, December 8, 1894.