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Ralph Henry Barbour

A prolific author of boys’ sports fiction at the turn of the 20th century, Ralph Henry Barbour offered a range of engaging and easy to read stories, commonly centered around football and the importance of hard work and teamwork.
In addition to his popular novels such as The Half-Back (1899), Barbour published many of his short stories and series in The American Boy, Sport Story Magazine , and Boys’ Life.

The image at right is an illustration from the novel The Half-Back .


  • Kitty of the Roses
  • Short Stories

  • A College Santa Clause
  • Acting for the Best
  • A Death-Bed Confession
  • A Race with the Waters
  • Barring the Way
  • Coals of Fire
  • Grandsire Triples
  • Guilty
  • Her Marriage Lines
  • His First Assignment
  • McTurkle, the Band
  • One Way of Love
  • Patsy
  • Pemberton’s Fluke
  • Son and Heir
  • The Dub
  • The New Boy at Hilltop
  • The Proving of Jerry
  • The Seventh Tutor
  • The Triple Play
  • The Triumph of “Curly”