Alfred E. Bull

Alfred E. Bull
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born February 1867
New York City
Died January 20, 1930(1930-01-20) (aged 62)
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1894–1895 Penn
1898 Latrobe Athletic Association
Position(s) Center, quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1896 Iowa
1896–1897 Franklin & Marshall
1898 Latrobe Athletic Association
1900 Georgetown
1903–1907 Lafayette
1908–1910 Muhlenberg
Head coaching record
Overall 62–34–15 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
1 Western Interstate University Football Association (1896)
All-American (1895)

Alfred E. Bull (February 1867 – January 20, 1930) was an American football player and coach, rower, and dentist. He played football at the University of Pennsylvania and was selected as a center to the 1895 College Football All-America Team. Bull later served as the head football coach at the University of Iowa (1896), Franklin & Marshall College (1896–1897), Georgetown University (1900), Lafayette College (1903–1907), and Muhlenberg College (1908–1910), compiling a career college football record of 62–34–15.

College playing career

Bull attended the University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated with a degree in dentistry. He played football for the Penn Quakers and was named to the All-American team in 1895. During a game between Penn and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, Bull faced off against All-American and early professional footballer Bemus Pierce. Bull and Pierce faced each other on the line throughout the game, and on a play late in the game Pierce knocked Bull to the ground, and the play went over him. After the play, Pierce, who was a Native American, cried out to the Penn players, "Look, look at Sitting Bull."[1] Bull also rowed for the Penn crew.[2]

Coaching and professional playing career

After graduating from Penn, Bull served as head football coach at Iowa, Franklin & Marshall, Georgetown, Lafayette, and Muhlenberg, compiling a record of 62–34–15 in a career that lasted from 1896 to 1910. Bull's 1896 Iowa team won the first conference title in school history. Bull played quarterback and served as the coach for the Latrobe Athletic Association in 1898. The 1898 team started off to a 7–0 record, before losing three games to Pittsburgh Athletic Club, Duquesne Country and Athletic Club and the Greensburg Athletic Association to finish 7–3.[3]

Later life

Bull spent the last thirty years of his life from 1900 to 1930 practicing dentistry in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.[4][5]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Iowa Hawkeyes (Western Interstate University Football Association) (1896)
1896 Iowa 7–1–1 2–0–1 1st
Iowa: 7–1–1 2–0–1
Franklin & Marshall Diplomats (Independent) (1896–1897)
1896 Franklin & Marshall 3–4–2
1897 Franklin & Marshall 2–6–2
Franklin & Marshall: 5–10–4
Georgetown Hoyas (Independent) (1900)
1900 Georgetown 5–1–3
Georgetown: 5–1–3
Lafayette Leopards (Independent) (1903–1907)
1903 Lafayette 7–3
1904 Lafayette 8–2
1905 Lafayette 7–2–1
1906 Lafayette 8–1–1
1907 Lafayette 7–2–1
Lafayette: 37–10–3
Muhlenberg Mules () (1908–1910)
1908 Muhlenberg 2–5–1
1909 Muhlenberg 3–4–2
1908 Muhlenberg 3–3–1
Muhlenberg: 8–12–4
Total: 62–34–15


  1. Lawrence Perry (January 31, 1930). "Gridiron Stars Are Invited To Relays". Charleston Daily Mail.
  2. "Capt. Bull Resigns" (PDF). The New York Times. February 10, 1896.
  3. Riffenburgh, Beau & Bob Carroll (1989). "The Birth of Pro Football" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 11 (Annual): 130.
  4. "Dr. Alfred E. Bull Died In Wilkes-Barre Today". Lebanon Daily News and The Lebanon Daily Times. January 20, 1930.
  5. "Dr. Bull, Once Star on Penn Teams, Dies: Noted Athlete of 40 Years Ago Succumbs at Age of 63 in Wilkes-Barre; Gained Football Fame; Was Picked by Camp on One of First All-America Teams--Also Prominent Oarsman". The New York Times. January 21, 1930.

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