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Football is a Crime

The Anti-Football Bill:

In the Legislature of 1897, J. N. Gaffin, a farmer from Saunders County, introduced a bill to make football illegal. A violation would bring a fine of $20 to $100 and imprisonment in the county jail. The death of a Doane College player at Hastings inspired the measure. Several amendments were offered, extending the ban to baseball, skating, and swimming. Nothing, however, came of the measure.

Nebraska State Historical Society General Collection, p. 83, 7294-7014

History Nebraska General Collection (Object ID: 7294-7014)

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