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The 1940 Huntsville High School Hornets

My grandfather George Avner Baldwin was Captain of his high school football team in his senior year at Huntsville High School in Huntsville, Texas (jersey #31 in 1939; jersey #11 in 1940). After losing their first two games, the team went 9-0 while capturing the district and bi-district titles along the way before losing the regional game to French High School (Beaumont). The team was ranked #8 in Southeast Texas for the year and scored 5 consecutive shutouts mid-year. My grandfather was a running back but also seemed to do some punting and was quarterback in his junior year. He won the Roy Sandel Trophy for the outstanding Huntsville Hornet player and was selected to the Third Team of the Houston Post All-Southeast Team for 1940.

His sister, Mattie Louise Baldwin, put together a scrapbook for him that contained newspaper articles and pictures from that wonderful year. The scrapbook was reworked using the original newspaper articles and pictures by my mother Margaret Ann Baldwin around the year 2000. She gave it to him to keep in the nursing home until he died in March 2000. In July 2006, I tried to digitally preserve the articles and photographs and also make copies to physically preserve them and put together another copy of the scrapbook for the genealogy. This web page pulls all of the digitized articles and pictures into a central, easily accessible location.

Statitics for George Baldwin in the 1940 Football Season
Game Fumbles Lost Carries Yards TDs Extra Points Receptions Reception Yards Passes Pass Yards Punt Return Yards
1 1 21 87 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 0 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 1 8 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 2 49 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 0 3 69 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
6 0 1 25 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 0 3 64 3 0 1 15 0 0 0
8 Injured; did not play
9 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
10 0 2 66 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 1 21 141 1 0 0 0 1 12 22
12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 34
Totals 3 56 517 15 4 1 15 1 12 56
All-purpose yards: 600

General photos and articles:
George Baldwin named Captain
1940 Huntsville Hornets Football Schedule
Photo 1 (1940)
Photo 2 (1940)
Photo 3 (1940)
Photo 4 (1940)
Photo 5 (1940)
Photo 6 (1940)
Photo 1 (1939)
Photo 2 (1939)
Photo 3 (1939)
Photo 4 (1939)
Photo 5 (1939)
Photo 6 (1939)
Photo 7 (1939)
Photo 8 (1939)
Photo 9 (1939)
Photo 10 (1939)
Photo 11 (1939)
Photo 12 (1939)
Photo 13 (1939)

Season game results:
Game 1 - 20 Sep 1940
Huntsville Hornets
South Park Greenies
0
13
Articles:
- Team rosters
- Houston Chronicle
- Article 1
- Article 2
Game 2 - 27 Sep 1940
Huntsville Hornets
Navasota Rattlers
12
19
Articles:
- Team rosters
- Houston Chronicle
- Article 1
- Article 2
Game 3 - 04 Oct 1940
Huntsville Hornets
Madisonville Mustangs
32
7
Articles:
- Team rosters
- Madisonville Meteor
- Article 1
- Article 2
- Article 3
Game 4 - 11 Oct 1940
Corrigan Bulldogs
Huntsville Hornets
0
21
Articles:
- Team rosters
- Article 1
- Article 2
- Houston Chronicle
- Article 3
Game 5 - 18 Oct 1940
Trinity Tigers
Huntsville Hornets
0
20
Articles:
- Team rosters
- Houston Post
- Article 1
- Houston Chronicle
- Article 2
- Article 3
- Article 4
Photos:
- Photo 1
- Photo 2
- Photo 3
Game 6 - 25 Oct 1940
Huntsville Hornets
Grapeland Sandies
7
0
Articles:
- Team rosters
- Houston Chronicle
- Article 1
Game 7 - 01 Nov 1940
Huntsville Hornets
Groveton Indians
19
0
Articles:
- Team rosters
- Article 1
Photos:
- Photo 1
- Photo 2
Game 8 - 08 Nov 1940
Pasadena Eagles
Huntsville Hornets
0
6
Articles:
- Team rosters
- Houston Chronicle
- Article 1
- Article 2
- High school scores
Game 9 - 15 Nov 1940
Huntsville Hornets
Crockett Bulldogs
7
6
Articles:
- Team rosters
- Article 1
- Houston Chronicle
- Article 2
- Article 3
- High school scores
Photos:
- Photo 1
- Photo 2
- Photo 3
- Photo 4
Game 10 - 22 Nov 1940
District 25-A Title Game
Elkhart Elks
Huntsville Hornets
6
14
Articles:
- Team rosters
- Houston Post (pregame)
- Article 1 (pregame)
- Article 2 (pregame)
- Article 3 (pregame)
- Article 4 (pregame)
- Houston Chronicle
- Houston Post
- Article 5
- High school scores
Game 11 - 06 Dec 1940
Bi-District Title Game
Huntsville Hornets
Jasper Bulldogs
7
0
Articles:
- Team rosters
- Article 1 (pregame)
- Article 2 (pregame)
- Article 3 (pregame)
- Article 4 (pregame)
- Article 5 (pregame)
- Article 6 (pregame)
- Article 7 (pregame)
- Article 8 (pregame)
- Article 9
- Article 10
- Article 11
- Article 12
- Article 13 (post-game)
- Article 14 (post-game)
- Article 15
Game 12 - 13 Dec 1940
Region 6 Title Game
French High Buffs
Huntsville Hornets
13
0
Articles:
- Tickets
- Team rosters
- Article 1 (pregame)
- Article 2 (pregame)
- Article 3 (pregame)
- Houston Chronicle
- Houston Post
- Article 4
- Article 5

All-District Team articles:
Houston Chronicle
Article 1
Article 2
All-Southeast Team articles:
Houston Post
Article
 
Post-season Banquet and
Sandel Trophy articles and photos:

Sandel Trophy
Houston Post
Article
George Baldwin accepting Sandel Trophy
Banquet table (George Baldwin at bottom left)
Footballs
Banquet Hall
Photo
Other articles:
Year-end article 1
Year-end article 2
Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Bounds letter
Joseph and Sallie Henson letter