Vintage Athletic Moments

Vintage Athletic Moments

Menlo College, founded in 1927, began building athletic teams in the midst of what has been called the Golden Age of Sports. Throughout the U.S., athletic events, professional and college level, flourished in the 1920s as larger stadiums and gyms were built, the new-fangled radio allowed fans to follow distant teams, and the strong economy (soon to be toppled) allowed workers more time to be spectators.

Menlo College has maintained that era’s enthusiasm for sports throughout its existence. Outstanding athletes—and those who simply love the camaraderie of being on a team—have been able to choose from a long list of sports through the decades. Menlo’s first basketball team was organized in 1929 by athletic director Dud deGroot. Dean William Kratt coached golf and polo in the 1930s, and by the end of the decade, Menlo had championship rugby, football, tennis, and track teams.

The list goes on, including crew, swimming, water polo, soccer, wrestling, and others. Cheryl Collins, Menlo College Archivist, has pulled the vintage photos on these pages from the files. Please send us any you have stashed in a drawer, along with stories of the best moments from your era to: ccollins@menlo.edu. We will scan and return them, with many thanks for letting others relive the happy times of your college days.