Jake Stahl (American football)

Jake Stahl
Date of birth (1891-01-16)January 16, 1891
Place of birth Scranton, Pennsylvania
Date of death October 8, 1966(1966-10-08) (aged 75)
Place of death Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Career information
Position(s) Guard/Tackle
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
College Pittsburgh
High school Greensburg-Salem (PA)
Bellefonte Academy (PA)
Career history
As coach
1920–1921 Duquesne
As player
1920–1921 Cleveland Tigers
1921 Dayton Triangles
Career highlights and awards
Career stats

Edward Adam "Jake" Stahl (January 16, 1891 – October 8, 1966) was an American football player and coach. He played guard and tackle positions for the Pittsburgh Panthers football teams from 1915 to 1918. He was selected as a second-team All-American in 1918. He also played professional football from 1920 to 1921.


Stahl was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He played high school football in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and at Bellefonte Academy in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.[1][2]

Stahl enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh, where he played four years of football under coach ”Pop” Warner. Stahl was a member of the Pitt Panthers teams from 1915–1918. During Stahl’s time at Pitt, the Panthers were undefeated and ran up a 33-game winning streak before losing to Syracuse by a score of 24–3 in 1919.[3]

Pitt's undefeated 1917 team was known as "The Fighting Dentists" because on occasion every position was filled by dental students.[4] The dental students on the 1917 team included Stahl,[5] Katy Easterday,[6] Skip Gougler,[7] "Tank" McLaren,[8] and Jock Sutherland.[9]

In 1918, Stahl was selected as a second-team All-American by Walter Camp and Robert "Tiny" Maxwell.[10][11]

After graduating from Pitt, Stahl played professional football for the Cleveland Tigers (1920–1921) and the Dayton Triangles (1921).[2]

After retiring as a player, Stahl became the head football coach at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. In 1922, The New York Times reported that Stahl “has had charge of the Duquesne University teams here for the last two seasons with satisfactory results.”[12] Stahl’s Duquesne Dukes teams compiled records of 3–3–1 in 1920 and 0–4–1 in 1921.[13]

After retiring from football, Stahl practiced dentistry in Hampton, Pennsylvania.[5] He also officiated at high school and college football games for 40 years and was a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Football Officials Association.[5] Stahl was also a membef or the Elks and the Butler Country Club.[5]

Stahl died in October 1966 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.[5] Stahl was survived by two brothers and was buried at St. Mary Cemetery in Hampton, Pennsylvania.[5]


  1. "Pittsburgh's Football Practice" (PDF). The New York Times. 1915-09-12.
  2. 1 2 "Ed Stahl". databasefootball.com.
  3. "Along With Others of 1917 Team... Former Kittanning Coach Among Pitt Honor Guests". Leader-Times. 1967-11-03.
  4. "50th Anniversary: Last Unbeaten Pitt Team, 1917 'Fighting Dentists', Will Be Honored Saturday". Daily Courier. 1967-11-02.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Dr. Stahl was dentist in Hampton". North Hills News Record. 1966-10-12.
  6. "All-American Gridder: Former Wildcat Mentor Retires". LEADER.TIMES, KITTANNING, PA. 1959-07-06. (Easterday graduated from Pitt in 1919 with a degree in dentistry.)
  7. "'SKIP' GOUGLER NEW COACH IS TRAINING BACKFIELD PLAYER". The Lafayette Weekly. 1921-10-05. (Gougler completed his education in dentistry at Pitt in 1920.)
  8. "PITT CRACK ATHLETES SECURE COACHING JOBS". Altoona Mirror. 1919-04-30. (McLaren "graduates from the university dental school in June.")
  9. "Jimmy Phelan to Fulfill Promise Of Coaching Job". Nevada State Journal. 1936-12-22.
  10. "Camp's All American: Football Dean Names Three Teams from Last Season's Records" (PDF). The New York Times. 1918-12-31.
  11. Robert W. Maxwell (1918-12-19). "Alexander and Ackley Placed on First All-American Team by Bob Maxwell". Syracuse Herald.
  12. "Stahl May Coach Purdue: Duquesne Football Head Suggested as Deitz's Successor" (PDF). The New York Times. 1922-02-07.
  13. "Duquesne University Football History". Duquesne Athletics.
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