Fighting Spirit: Wally Butts and UGA Football, 1939-1950

It was [Howell] Hollis who revealed that left end George Poschner played 55 minutes with stomach cramps, which coupled with Sinkwich's gritty play, reflects the fighting spirit of the battling Georgians.
-- Paul Lowry, Los Angeles Times. January 2, 1943

This digital exhibit explores the University of Georgia's football team during the 1940s.  This decade saw the Georgia Bulldogs reach the pinnacle of national success for the first time in the program's history, but also saw the team struggle to adjust to the changes brought about by World War 2.  

This digital exhibit is concurrent with a physical museum exhibit that will be on display at the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries Building from September 2018 through May 2019, though this website will be available online after the physical exhibit has been removed.

Further research into the history of University of Georgia athletics can be done through the collections of the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library, which hold the archives of the University as well as the archives of the UGA Athletic Association.

All materials and photographs in this exhibit are from the collections of the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Permission to copy or in any way re-use these images must be granted through the Hargrett Library.

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This digital exhibit was created by Jason Hasty, UGA Athletics History Specialist for the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Graphic design was provided by Philip McClure, a current undergraduate student in the Lamar Dodd School of Art majoring in Graphic Design. All questions or comments about this digital exhibit can be directed to Jason Hasty at