Hall of Fame: Harry Montague Field (1930)

Harry was truly one of Punahou’s all time great athletes. At Punahou he lettered and excelled in football, track and swimming, winning at least eight letters. Highlights: Unanimous Interscholastic All-Star Tackle – 1928, Unanimous Interscholastic All Star Utility – 1929. Quote from Honolulu Star-Bulletin: “Field could have landed a job on the All-Star prep team whether he played on the line or not. The Pun skipper is in a class by himself.” Captain, 1929 football team. Punahou’s top shot-putter, 1929 – 30, also ran medley, half–mile and mile relays. Yale Meet backstroke swimming champ – 1930.This article appears as originally published in the Summer 1980 issue of the Punahou Bulletin.

Spending a year at the University of Hawaii he was outstanding as first string tackle. He then enrolled at Oregon State where he immediately became Oregon’s permanent first string tackle. He was a member (along with Pierre Bowman ’29 of Punahou) of Oregon State’s famous “11 iron men who played 60 minutes against favored USC in 1933, holding USC to a tie with no time outs. Named to the 1933 Pacific Coast All-American Team he was also selected to play in the 1934 East-West Shrine Game. A newspaper quote on the game stated, “For the season ended he was one of American varsity football’s outstanding tackles. Especially did he star in his amateur farewell in the East-West Shrine Game at San Francisco”; and from the Los Angeles Times, “The strongest lineman we’ve ever seen in action.”

Harry played professional football for the Chicago Cardinals (NFL) from 1934 to 1936, and for the Los Angeles Bulldogs (AFL) in 1937, winning the distinction of being the first and as far as we know, the only tackle to win All-Pro honors in both leagues (NFL All-Pro 1936 and AFL All-Pro 1937).

Returning to Hawaii, Harry coached the Healani Football Team (1940 – 41) and was head football coach at Punahou in 1941. Moving to Maui, which he later represented in our Territorial Senate, he coached canoe paddling and instigated the first Lahaina “Whaling Spree.”

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