Male Bulldog Football History
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This is the team that started it all—the 1893 squad that went 3-0 against teams from Parkland, Louisville Training School and of course, Manual Training High School.
The 1904 team pictured above achieved a 6-0-1 record and was not scored upon all season! (The tie was a 0-0 deadlock in their season opener against Kentucky Military Institute on October 8, 1904).
Edliff “Butch” Slaughter played center and was team captain of the 1920 High School team before attaining All-American status at the University of Michigan in 1924. (ref: http://www.umich.edu/~bhl/athdept/football/fballam/aaslaugh.htm )
This fearsome-looking bunch are members of Male High’s 1924 9-0 State Championship team. The standards for protective headgear were much different then. This team won the first game ever played at legendary Soldier Field in Chicago. Click here to read more.
The 1927 team is pictured above on Old Maxwell Field wearing examples of the striped uniforms popular in that era.
The 1944 Male High team is pictured above in a photo from the 1945 Bulldog annual. This team completed a 7-1-1 season and were proclaimed State Champions by the Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous ratings.
The 1946 Male High football coaching staff. Holding the ball is Paul Jenkins, a 1924 Manual grad who coached some of the powerful Ashland (Ky) teams of the 1930s before coming to Male. Clockwise from top left: Romig Krause, Charlton Hummel, Nick Denes, M. Neu, and H.D. Glenn.
Nick Denes served as an assistant coach under Paul Jenkins and Luther Hanshue before taking the head coaching position in 1949. His 1951 team went 10-0 and won the State Championship, earning Denes Coach of the Year honors.
Photos from the 1956 Male/Manual game played before 10,000 fans at Manual Stadium. The teams tied at 6.
Pictured in this 1964 photo are Garnet Phelps (QB), Head Coach Charlie Kuhn, Pete Kuhn (FB), and the storied Male/Manual barrel.
The 1967 team gave up only 13 points all season, an unheard-of feat today.