John Clum: Pioneer Footballer

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John Clum

John Clum is best known for his time in Tombstone, as a newspaperman, mayor, and friend of the Earps and Doc Holliday.  But when he was a bit young, Clum was a different sort of pioneer.

In September 1870, he attended Rutgers University in New Jersey and joined the football team. He knew nothing of the game, which was only a year old and closer to a mix between rugby and soccer than the modern game. There were only a couple of games that year; Clum quit college after that but had great memories of his athletic career.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.