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William Reinhart papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS2140-UA

Collection Scope and Content

This collection consists of photographs and news clippings of George Washington coach William Reinhart, certificates, correspondence, and a scrapbook of testimonial banquet on March 29, 1955. The material ranges in date from 1920-93.


  • Creation: 1920-1993


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Biographical Note

William Jennings Bryan Reinhart (1897-1971) was a basketball, football and baseball coach at GW from 1935-1942 and 1949-66. In between he served in the Navy and was the director of athletics and personal training at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Born in Osborne, Missouri August 2, 1897, he went on to attain a B.A. in business administration from the University of Oregon in 1922. He was a three-sport athlete there, quarterbacking the football team in the 1920 Rose Bowl, which Harvard won 7-6.

After graduation, he continued at the U of O (1923-1935) as a staff member, concurrently as the basketball and baseball coach and an instructor of physical education. Reinhart came to GW in 1935, and coached Alphonse "Tuffy" Leemans, who went on to a Hall of Fame football career with the New York Giants, and Red Auerbach, legendary coach of the Boston Celtics, and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Auerbach said of Rhinehart in 1966: "He was twenty years ahead of his time and did well with the toughest schedule in the country in those days (the late 1930s). He taught me the type of basketball I coach." Reinhart's overall baseball record was 193-133; his football record was 16-17-1; and his basketball record was 316-239. Awards include the Helms Basketball Hall of Fame (1956) and the GW Hall of Fame Award (1993).


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Collection consists of photographs of and news clippings about George Washington coach William Reinhart ranging in date from 1920-1993. In addition, contains certificates, correspondence, and a scrapbook of testimonial banquet on March 29, 1955.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition information is unknown.

Guide to the William Reinhart papers, 1920-1993
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

George Washington University Gelman Library
2130 H Street NW
Washington DC 20052 United States of America