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1951 Bessemer City Purple Tigers


 1951    Bessemer City Purple Tigers
 Record: 8-0-1
 Head Coach: Euil Snitz Snider
 
 The 1951 Bessemer City Purple Tigers were chosen Class 3A State Champions by the Birmingham News
 

 
 

Team Captains Joe Autry and Jimmy Adams accepted the Birmingham News State Championship trophy from Cliff Harper, executive secretary of the Alabama High School Athletic Association following the 1951 season.

The Purple Tigers were also led by junior All-State and All-Southern player Frank Christy who starred at tackle for the team.



1951  Season
 Site   PF   Opponent   PA   W/L/T 
   West End T
 34   Anniston 13 W
 57   Jones Valley 13 W
 33   Gadsden W
 19   Woodlawn W
 14   Phillips Birmingham W
    OPEN  
   Ramsay W
 38   Fairfield W
 27   Hueytown W
  
228 8-0-1 38
 Birmingham News 
 Final Poll                           
 Rank   Team   Record   Votes    
1       Ramsay 109 
2       Bessemer 101 
3       Sidney Lanier 94.5 
4       Coffee 91.5 
5       Sheffield 86 
6       Woodlawn 79.5 
7       Gadsden 77.5 
8       Murphy 58.5 
9       Etowah 54 
10       Decatur 52 
11       Central Phenix City 49 
12       Athens 44 
13       West End 42.5 
14       Selma 41 
15       Anniston 39.5 
16       Tuscaloosa 34 
17       Butler 29.5 
18       Deshler 23 
19       Shades Valley 22 
20       Hueytown 21 
20       McGill 21 
22       Phillips Birmingham 20.5 
23       Cullman 16.5 
24       Tuscaloosa County 13 
25       Dothan 12 
26       Walker 11 
27       Ensley 11 
28       Emma Sansom 10.5 
29       Tarrant 10 
30       Vigor 10 
31       Valley
32       Huntsville
33       Minor
33       Scottsboro


1951 Bessemer All-State Players
 Frank ChristyT 3A 1  Birmingham News
 Johnny AdamsB 3A 1  Birmingham News
 Frank ChristyT 3A 2  Birmingham News
 Johnny AdamsB 3A 2  Birmingham News
 Frank ChristyT 3A HM  Birmingham News


1951 Bessemer All-Star Players
 All Southern   
 Johnny Adams B 3A  Birmingham News
 Frank Christy T 3A  Birmingham News
 AHSAA-University of Alabama All-Star Game   
 Johnny Adams RHB 3A  Birmingham News
 Joe Autrey LT 3A  Birmingham News




1951 Bessemer Roster
 
Ends: Finch, Howell, Clark, Roberson, Larry Ward
Tackles: Johnson, Sokol, Etheridge, Brabson, Malis, Frank Christy
Guards: Jones, House, Peterson, Langford, E.G. Taylor
Centers: Sandy, Stevenson, Staggs
Backs: Parks, Johnny Adams, Joe Autry, Gerald Bunn, Charles Talbert, Thompson, Harold Argo


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