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Andy Smith is ...

Born 10 Sep 1883
Died 8 Jan 1926
Age42 years, 3 months
Andy Smith
Andy Smith
1920 University of California Berkeley Golden Bears football team aka The Wonder Team. From left to right: Brick Muller, Bob Berkey, Duke Morrison, Charley Erb, Pesky Sprott, Crip Toomey, Dan McMillan, Stan Barnes, Lee Cramer, George "Fat" Latham, and Cort Majors

About Andy Smith

Andrew Latham "Andy" Smith (September 10, 1883 – January 8, 1926) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Pennsylvania (1909–1912), Purdue University (1913–1915), and the University of California, Berkeley (1916–1925), compiling a career college football record of 116–32–13. As head coach of the California Golden Bears football program, Smith guided his "Wonder Teams" to a record of 74–16–7, captured five Pacific Coast Conference titles, and three national championships. Smith was the winningest football coach in school history until he was surpassed by Jeff Tedford in 2011. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.


While in Philadelphia shortly after the 1925 season, Smith was hospitalized with pneumonia. Several weeks later on January 8, 1926, he died at age 42 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. He left no family, all of his $30,000 estate went to the university and the city of Berkeley, with $10,000 going towards football scholarships.

Smith's memorial service was held on January 16 at the gates of California Memorial Stadium, and in accordance with his wishes, his ashes were scattered over the field. In 1927, the Andy Smith Bench on the sideline was dedicated in his honor. Built 94 years ago in 1923, the stadium is still known as "The House that Andy built" because the Wonder Teams' season tickets completely paid for it. Smith was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.

Both of the following quotes are inscribed on the Memorial Stadium's Andy Smith Bench -