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  • 44-BAC 1X1-Oneida Football Tablet

Oneida Football Tablet

Artist:

Joseph Arthur Colletti and J. Howland Jones

Location:

Boston Common, near Beacon St. and Spruce St.  

Location

Boston Common, near Beacon St. and Spruce St.
United States
42° 21' 23.4252" N, 71° 4' 3.324" W

Neighborhood:

Back Bay

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1925

Medium:

Marble

Collection:

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

Did you know that the first organized football games in the United States took place on the Boston Common? The Oneida Club was founded in 1862. It is questionable how much the Oneida games resemble either modern American football or soccer; their rules and the ball they played with were quite different. In one of the above images, you can see the tablet after its restoration in 1996, where a spherical ball was carved over the original oblong ball to the dismay of many. During the summer of 2014 the piece was restored to display its original American style football shape. 

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