The 1950’s


    In 1950 the team had a dual meet schedule consisting of 9 meets. They won their first seven meets but lost their last two. They then had a great race to become District Champions with a 2 point win over Upper Darby. Leading the way were Bob Schwartz (3rd), Joe D’Angelo (5th), and George Ulrich (6th). This enabled them to bring 8 runners, including Eddie White, Walt Green, Dick DePaul, Bill Groff, and Bill Finley, to the PIAA State Championships where they finished 7th.


    Prior to the state meet the coaches from Haverford and Upper Darby came up with a friendly challenge. They decided that whoever finished the highest at states individually would have their shoe bronzed and made into a trophy. Then starting in 1951 it would be an annual award presented to the winner of the Upper Darby and Haverford dual meet. Upper Darby was a cross country powerhouse in the 1940’s and early 1950’s. In fact in 1945 Sam Brown of UD was state champion. As good as Haverford’s top 3 runners were it was an Upper Darby runner that finished highest at the state meet in 1950 and so “the Shoe” is from an Upper Darby athlete.

    In 1952 the team was lead by George Ulrich who finished 10th at states. The team was 2nd at Districts and finished 10th at the PIAA State Meet.


    From 1952 to 1954 the team only won two dual meets. This was not the fault of Juergen Saalman who set the standard as one of Haverford’s greatest runners. In Districts as a sophomore he placed 3rd and at States 5th. The next year he improved to 2nd at District and 4th at States. In his senior season he was District Champion and lost the State title by inches in finishing second.


    The team got back on the winning path in 1955 with a 5 – 3 season. The experience from 1955 led to a very strong 1956 team. The team peaked for the big meets finishing 2nd at Districts and 4th in the PIAA State Championships. The team was coached by Mr. Schenck. The team had strong support from Jerry Walter, Frank Perry, Charles Woll, Bill Atlee, and Carl Ulrich.


    Graduation hit hard and the 1957 season was a long one for the Fords. They started to make a comeback in 1958 finishing with a 5 – 4 record. Star runner Bruce Taggart broke two course records, finished 4th in Districts, and 11th at the PIAA State Championships. Behind Bruce the team had support from Frank Troiano, and Gordon Baskerville. The team was coached by Mr. Jackson


“the Shoe” 1951- 1959. Upper Darby 8 wins, Haverford 1 win


Dual Meet Record for the decade:  32 wins – 38 losses