Lacrosse at the 1904 Summer Olympics

The sport of field lacrosse was played at the 1904 Summer Olympics, which marked the first time that lacrosse had been featured at the Olympic Games. Three teams participated — two from Canada and one from the United States. One of the Canadian teams consisted entirely of Mohawk nation players.[1] The victorious Shamrock Lacrosse Team is more commonly known as the Winnipeg Shamrocks.

Men's lacrosse
at the Games of the III Olympiad
1904 Winnipeg Shamrocks Lacrosse.jpg
1904 Olympics champions Shamrock Lacrosse Team
VenueFrancis Field
DatesJuly 5–7
Competitors39 from 2 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Shamrock Lacrosse Team
2nd place, silver medalist(s) St. Louis Amateur Athletic Association
 United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Mohawk Indians
1908 →

A second American team, the Brooklyn Crescents, was originally slated to round out the field but did not participate. They were scheduled to play a semi-final against the Shamrocks, but arrived too late and were disqualified. [2][3]

Medal tableEdit

Position Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   Canada 1 0 1 2
2   United States 0 1 0 1

Medal summaryEdit

Gold Silver Bronze
  Canada (CAN)
Shamrock Lacrosse Team
Élie Blanchard
William Brennaugh
George Bretz
William Burns
George Cattanach
George Cloutier
Sandy Cowan
Jack Flett
Benjamin Jamieson
Hilliard Laidlaw
Hilliard Lyle
William F. L. Orris
Lawrence Pentland
  United States (USA)
St. Louis Amateur Athletic Association
J. W. Dowling
W. R. Gibson
Hugh Grogan
Philip Hess
Tom Hunter
Albert Lehman
William Murphy
William Partridge
George Passmore
William T. Passmore
W. J. Ross
Jack Sullivan
Albert Venn
A. M. Woods
  Canada (CAN)
Mohawk Indians
Black Hawk
Black Eagle
Almighty Voice
Flat Iron
Spotted Tail
Half Moon
Snake Eater
Red Jacket
Night Hawk
Man Afraid Soap
Rain in Face


Semifinal Final
  Canada (CAN)
Shamrock Lacrosse Team
  United States (USA)
St. Louis Amateur Athletic Association
  United States (USA)
St. Louis Amateur Athletic Association
  Canada (CAN)
Mohawk Indians


Shamrock Lacrosse TeamEdit


St. Louis Amateur Athletic AssociationEdit


Mohawk IndiansEdit

“Man Afraid of Soap” was also known as Freeman Joseph Isaacs, the father of Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee, Bill Isaacs.[7] The English names of those players were Joe Crawford, Philip Jackson, Eli Warner, Amos Obediah, Thomas Will. Berman L. Snow, L. Bumbary, J. B. Eaver, Eli Martin, Sandy Turkey, Austin Bill, W. E. Martin, Jacob Jamieson, Eli Henry, Joe Clark, Frank Seneca, Charlie Johnon and Robert Lottridge.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Mallon, Bill (2009). The 1904 Olympic Games: Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. McFarland & Co. pp. 165–167. ISBN 9781476621609.
  2. ^ "Lacrosse at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games". Sports Reference Olympics. Archived from the original on 2020-04-18.
  3. ^ "Lacrosse At The 1904 Summer Olympics: Correcting The Record". RetroLax.
  4. ^ "1904 Winnipeg Shamrocks". Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.
  5. ^ Paul Yogi Mayer (October 8, 2008). Jews and the Olympic Games: sport …. ISBN 9780853035169. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
  6. ^ "Lehman, Albert". Retrieved October 18, 2011.
  7. ^ "Freeman Joseph Isaacs". Find a Grave. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  8. ^ Evans, Hilary (May 7, 2018). "The truth behind "Man Afraid of Soap"". Up until now it was impossible to link these names to those recorded in Canadian records but a finding by the Swedish athletics historian Tomas Magnusson has changed all that.

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