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Charles Alan Wright's Legal Eagles


The Legal Eagles went 6-1 with Don Dickson serving as team captain for a second season.

Score Opposing team
34-0 Delta Theta Phi - Beer Bowl
7-0 Delta Theta Phi
19-12 Scrubs
0-7 Phi Delta Phi
13-6 Delta Theta Phi
6-0 Phi Delta Phi
7-7* Phi Delta Phi - Law School Championship

* won on two penetrations


Legal Eagles 1961

Left to Right: John Warner, William Cranz, Coach Wright, Henry Woodward, John Reese, Brady Coleman, Carroll Kelly, Don Dickson (co-captain), William Bailey, Jerry Lucas, Thomas Higgins, Curtis Dyer, Graydon Dunlap (co-captain), James Stofer, Bob Hinsley, Bruce Willis, DeWitt Alsup, Rex Nichols, Fred Pfeiffer, Michael Furman, Tom Crum, Richard Morris.

Kneeling: Tanner Hunt.

Not Shown: Bill Kilgarlin.

Game date Score Opposing team
n.d. 26-28 Phi Delta Phi
n.d. 22-0 Phi Alpha Delta
n.d. 14-6 Delta Theta Phi
n.d. 0-18* Delta Theta Phi
n.d 18-14 Phi Delta Theta
11/8/1961 13-0 Phi Delta Phi - Law School Championship
11/16/1961 18-6 Phi Alpha Delta - Beer Bowl

* Game was forfeited after an ineligible player was discovered on the Delta Theta Phi team.


Legal Eagles 1962

Front Row: John Reese, John Holmes, Bruce Willis, John Drolla, Allan Graber, J. R. Taylor.

Back Row: Curtis Dyer, John Link, Tom Crum, Frank Putman, James Doherty, John Patton, Don Cooper, Coach Wright.

Game date Score Opposing team
10/13/1962 20-26 Phi Delta Phi
10/20/1962 0-6 Defendants
10/24/1962 6-8 Delta Theta Phi
11/4/1962 20-26 Exes - Beer Bowl


Legal Eagles 1963

Team members included James Cox, Robert Taylor, John C. Drolla, Glen Brown, Michael James, Donald Haley, Richard Fogel, David Beale, Maurice Doke, Wade Whilden, Don Cooper, Bruce Willis, Benjamin Wallis, Frank Putnam, James Bell, John Patton, John Holmes, James Burroughs, Thomas Whitcomb, Joseph Horrigan, Thomas Bunkley, Knox Jones, Merritt Hitt, and Donald Higginbotham.

Game date Score Opposing team
n.d. 21-8 Exes - Beer Bowl
10/17/1963 14-0 Tauri
10/24/1963 10-16 Phi Delta Phi
10/29/1963 14-12 Phi Delta Phi
10/31/1963 37-0 Tauri
11/7/1963 20-16 Phi Delta Phi
11/11/1963 13-12 Phi Delta Phi - Law School Championship


Legal Eagles 1964

Professor Fred Cohen served as acting coach of the 1964 Legal Eagles since Charles Wright was at Harvard as a visiting professor.

3 wins - 1 loss

Game date Score Opposing team
9/30/1964 22-0 Cedar Choppers
10/8/1964 29-13 Executioners
10/20/1964 14-6 Outlaws
n.d. 12-15 Outlaws - Law School Championship


4 wins - 2 losses

Game date Score Opposing team
9/23/1965 12-0 Phi Alpha Delta II
n.d. 6-13 Tauri
n.d. 31-6 Barsons
11/4/1965 17-6 Tauri
11/7/1965 36-8 Eagle Exes - Beer Bowl
n.d. 0-19 Outlaws - Division Playoffs


Legal Eagles 1966

Standing: Platt Davis, Bill Bowers, Coach Wright, Knox Nunnally, Charlie Talbert, Robert Spellings, Charlie Barnhill, Wade Whilden (captain), Peter Lekisch.

Kneeling: Ron Siler, Daryl Crown, John Young, Currie Bechtol, Mike Dalton, Ed Equivel, Mark Hart.

Not Shown: Bert Graham.

Legal Eagles 1966

Standing: Bert Graham, Platt Davis, Coach Wright, Charles Talbert, Knox Nunnally, Bill Bowers, Mark Hart, Bob Spellings, Wade Wilden, Charles Barnhill, Peter Lekisch.

Kneeling: John Young, Daryl Crown, Mike Dalton, Ed Esquivel, Currie Bechtol, Ron Siler.

5 wins - 1 loss

Game date Score Opposing team
10/18/1966 6-2 Tauri
n.d. 32-0 Phi Alpha Delta II
10/30/1966 20-0 Exes - Beer Bowl
11/1/1966 14-8 Tauri - League Championship
11/8/1966 26-0 Outlaws - Law School Championship
n.d. 12-20 Grads - Graduate Division


Legal Eagles 1967

Standing: Coach Wright, Don Haley, Knox Nunnally, Mike McCollum, Mark Hart, Jerry Wolfe, Mike Gammon, Daryl Crown, Charlie Barnhill, Tom Stockton, Platt Davis, Bill Wylie.

Kneeling: Bert Graham, Ron Siler, Currie Bechtol (captain), John Young, Mike Maguire.

Not Shown: Bill Bowers.

7 wins - 0 losses

Game date Score Opposing team
10/2/1967 68-0 Phi Alpha Delta II
10/2/1967 71-0 P's Peons
10/11/1967 22-0 Delta Theta Phi II
10/29/1967 7-0 Exes - Beer Bowl
10/30/1967 12-0 Delta Theta Phi II
11/8/1967 6-6* Outlaws - Law School Championship
11/ 1967 59-0 Photons - Graduate Division Championship

* won in sudden death


Legal Eagles 1968

Back row: Mark Maguire, Kevin Holcomb, Bill Wylie, David Stitt, Small, Gareth Cook, Rodney Satterwhite.

Middle row: Kenneth Watson, Jack Hanks, Bert Graham, Randall Howard, Michael Wood, Mike Gammon, Richard Beacom, Coach Ward.

Kneeling: Platt Davis (Offensive Captain), Jerry Wolfe (Defensive Captain).

In 1968, Charles Alan Wright was a visiting professor at Yale. Wright asked Bernard Ward, a visiting professor at Texas to be the interim coach of the team. Not long after Wright arrived at Yale, he received a letter from Ward. In it, Ward related a conversation he had had with colleague Pete Louiseaux.

Pete L.: Bernie, you’ll be moving into Charlie’s house?
BJW: Yes, the dear fellow has left me his house, his office, his secretary, and his football team.
Pete L.: His football team!
BJW: Yes. Well, he knows that I have limited experience and….
Pete L.: Never mind what he knows, I’ll tell you this: You can leave his house in shambles, you can mess up his office, you can play around with his secretary, but, brother, you better win with his football team.

Under Ward’s tutelage, the Legal Eagles went not only undefeated and untied, but unscored upon. Wright coached the Eagle Exes in the Beer Bowl that year. The Exes lost 0-46, Wright’s worst defeat as a player or coach in the history of his career.

Game date Score Opposing team
10/20/1968 46-0 Exes - Beer Bowl
n.d. 1-0 Delta Theta Phi II
n.d. 12-0 War Ponies - Law School Championship
n.d 23-0 Photons - Graduate Division Championship


Legal Eagles 1969

Standing: Dean Greenwood, Ed Small, Mike Gammon, Gareth Cook, Coach Wright, Randy Howard, Steve Matthews.

Kneeling: Platt Davis, Ed Junell, Jack Hanks, Dick Watt, Jerry Wolfe (captain), Robin Gibbs
Not Shown: David Fleischaker, Tyler Colley, Bill Wylie, James Kauffman.

5 wins - 0 losses - 1 tie

Game date Score Opposing team
10/2/1969 16-0 Avengers
10/8/1969 14-2 Vultures
10/22/1969 24-12 Avengers
10/26/1969 14-14 Eagle Exes - Beer Bowl
11/3/1969 30-6 Phi Delta Phi - Law School Championship
11/5/1969 29-7 Whiz Kids - Graduate Division