University Missourian., December 06, 1912
The Evening Missourian., January 04, 1919,Page Three
|ARTICLES ABOUT DR. ALLEN
Dr. Forrest Clare “Phog” Allen is widely recognized as the ‘Father of Basketball Coaching’, and his legacy is forever etched into Kansas basketball history.
Phog was born in 1885 in Jamesport, Missouri, the fourth of six boys in the Allen family. He grew up in Independence, and lived on the same street as future President Harry S. Truman. It was there that he learned and exhibited the athletic and organizational skills that garnered him so much success in later years.
Phog began as a student at the University of Kansas in 1904, where he lettered in basketball under Dr. James Naismith’s coaching. He also played baseball, lettering two years.
After coaching KU for two years, Allen took a hiatus for three years to study osteopathic medicine at the Kansas College of Osteopathy, gaining the skill he became famous for in the treatment of athletic injuries.
Allen left Warrensburg to become Kansas’ Athletic Director in 1919 as well as football coach. He only coached football for a single season where he had a record of 5-2. After the first basketball game of the season, KU coach Karl Schlademan left the job to concentrate on his duties as track coach, so Phog took over the team. After a couple of mediocre seasons in 1920 and ‘21, the team jelled and the Helms Foundation named his 1922 and 1923 squads national champions. His 1924 book, "My Basket-Ball Bible," helped set a course for college basketball. During the next four seasons, his teams compiled a 64-8 record and won four league championships.
He coached college basketball for 49 seasons and compiled a 771-223 record, retiring with the all-time best coaching record in collegiate basketball history.
|Phog Allen Gravesite|
From the UCM Alumni Magazine below 2002
In what some saw as a David and Goliath basketball match-up, Central faced the University of Kansas Jayhawks Dec. 4 in Lawrence with most of the crowd unaware of the strong coaching history that links both teams. An important piece of this history will soon be preserved through a gift of legendary KU Coach Forrest C. “Phog” Allen research materials and original items to Central’s Archives and Museum. Allen, who has been called “The Father of Basketball Coaching,” made history at Central prior to his renowned career at KU. The gift is made possible by Judy McClure, Warrensburg, and details many aspects of Allen’s life. It is a compilation of items that were collected over several years by McClure’s late husband, Arthur, who chaired and taught for approximately 30 years in Central’s Department of History and Anthropology. In addition to being an educator, McClure was an accomplished author who had co-written at least one sports book, Remembering Their Glory, a collaboration with Central Professor Emeritus Jim Young detailing their childhood memories of sports and its heroes. He planned to write a biography about Allen, and collected several boxes of informational materials to aid in the process. All of these items have been turned over to John Sheets and Vivian Richardson in the Archives and Museum, located on the ground floor of Central’s James C. Kirkpatrick Library. “I knew that Mr. Allen had served CMSU as well as KU, and after considering both places, I felt like the materials would be in good hands with Vivian and John, who could sort through them and preserve them so they could be used by other researchers,” Mrs. McClure said. Richardson is now taking the lead role in archiving the items. “When the donation has been processed, arranged, and a computerized finding aide developed, the material will be available to the campus community and public for research,” Richardson said. “We will also use the material in future exhibits in the Archives and Museum and at other campus locations.” Items in the collection include clippings from newspapers, magazines and journals; sports publications and programs; photographs; copies of letters written to and from Allen; radio scripts featuring Allen’s interviews with sports figures; Jayhawk newsletters; files about famous sports players during his coaching years; information about basketball history, as well as Allen’s mentor, James Naismith, the inventor of basketball; and much more. McClure visited with Allen’s grandchildren, Judy Allen Morris, and her brother, Gary “Mick” Allen Jr., in Lawrence, Kan. They provided him with original items such as a sign-in book of people who visited his home; letters and copies of letters from his former players; and copies of letters he had written to players during the war years. Mrs. Morris, who was contacted along with her brother before the gift was made, said both of them are pleased that Central will make these items available. They want others to learn more about their grandfather’s legacy, possibly with the same passion that McClure enjoyed. “Art McClure was so dear, and I really felt that he understood the essence of Phog. I was so excited that someone was going to write something that was about the man. He was very important in making basketball an international as well as national sport,” Morris said. Born in Jamesport in 1885, Allen’s career in athletics began as a student at KU in 1904, where he lettered three years in basketball under Naismith’s coaching, and two years in baseball. Allen launched his coaching career at his alma mater in 1908, but took a hiatus after graduating in 1909 to study osteopathic medicine. When basketball was still in its infancy, he returned to his beloved sport in 1912 as coach at the State Normal School No. 2, now Central Missouri State University. Known as “Doc” to his players and students, he was reputed to be a colorful figure on the campus, coaching all sports and becoming known for his osteopathic remedies for ailing athletes. His enthusiasm as a coach was evidenced by his first gridiron victory, a 127-0 thrashing of Kemper Military Academy. His football, basketball and baseball teams won numerous league championships during his seven years in Warrensburg, at a time when the MIAA was just beginning. In 1919, he returned to KU where he was the head basketball coach, in addition to serving as director of athletics and football coach. He served as KU’s basketball coach until forced into mandatory retirement in 1956 to become professor emeritus of physical education. During the 46 years he spent at KU, he won 771 games and lost only 233.