What Historians Say

The following links are books that mention the Hampden Park Bloodbath.  Some merely repeat the press narrative without providing additional detail or analysis.

College Football: History, Spectacle, Controversy (2002) by John Sayle Watterson "The spectacle at Hampden Field proved damaging, however, to football's reputation.  It was the bloodiest and most appalling display of out-and-out violence yet witnessed in a big game."

The Anatomy Of A Game: Football, the Rules, and the Men who Made the Game.  (1994) by David M. Nelson "Both teams had four regular players seriously injured." "The Harvard/Yale game was terminated after this game."

The Only Game That Matters: The Harvard/Yale Rivalry. (2004) by Bernard M. Corbett and Paul Simpson Describes Hinkey as an incredibly aggressive, vicious player. Mentions blantent attemtps to injure opponents.

Hobey Baker: American Legend. (2005) by Emil R. Salvini "...it turned into an 'awful butchery."  From a report by a foreign correspondent.

Football: The Ivy League Origins of an American Obsession. (2001) by Mark F. Bernstein "At least a third of the players that afternoon suffered some sort of injury - a casualty rate, the Nation pointed out, considerably higher that that of Napoleon's army at Waterloo."

Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football's Make-Or-Break Moment. (2013) by Carla Killough McClafferty The Game was so violent it was called the Hampden Bloodbath or occasionally the Springfield Massacre.

Now You Know- Giant Sports Tivia Bundle. (2013) by Doug Lennox "The game was one of the most violent games ever played, fans of both teams took the the fight to the streets after the game."

Walter Camp: Football and the Modern Man. (2015) by Julie Des Jardins "According to accounts Camp read later, it was a 'bloodbath' on the gridiron."

After the Final Whistle: The First Rugby World Cup and the First World War. (2015) by Jason Leonard and Stephen Cooper "Real impetus behind rugby only came as a result of a crisis over the innate violence of American football. The 1894 Harvard-Yale match, known as the 'Hampden Park Blood Bath,' crippled four players."