1940 Football Team
Induction Year: 2001
Sport(s): Football
Graduation Year: 1940

The 1940 football team outscored their opposition 142-69 en route to a 7-2 record with four shutouts. The team posted what is arguably the greatest victory in the program’s history with a 23-21 win at Dartmouth.

The 1940 yearbook posited, “The win over Dartmouth has replaced the famous Penn victory as the culmination of Diplomat football tradition.”

Charlie Mayser, coach of the 1914 football squad that handled Penn offered the following remarks to the crowd of 3,000 that greeted F&M at the train station, “This is the greatest victory in all time.”

The team featured Hall of Famers, George Monroe (a freshman), and Maxwell Award Winner, Alex Schibanoff. The gridders faced what was said to be the toughest schedule ever handed to a Diplomat squad. The team won its first seven games, including the victory at Dartmouth in which F&M prevented the Indians from gaining a first down in the first half. Dartmouth went on to defeat #1 Cornell that season.