Stoddard Bowl

1958

1958

The Platt-Maloney Stoddard Bowl is a game with friendly beginnings that started after Meriden High School was split into two schools. The first game pitted former teammates against one another, but has since grown into a classic east-west rivalry game.

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The Panthers took the inaugural Thanksgiving Day game 20-14 before 3,971 fans at Ceppa Field. Ed McGee coached the Spartans, while Paul Crone led Platt.

Dr. John E. Stoddard

Dr. John E. Stoddard

The John E. Stoddard Silver Bowl is presented annually to the winner of the Platt-Maloney Thanksgiving Day football game. The award is named in memory of Dr. John E. Stoddard. He served over 30 years without pay as team physician for all Meriden High School and some semi-pro athletic teams. He was awarded the coveted “Cold Key” Award by the Connecticut Sportswriters Alliance for his service to sports. He served on the Board of Education for 12 years, fighting vigorously for a new high school. He became Meriden’s first Health Officer under Mayor Francis Danaher and served continuously until his retirement in 1962.

The bowl itself was purchased in 1958 with funds that were left over when the “M” Club went out of existence. John D. Shaw, former vice president of Insilco Co. and Joe Coffey, director of the Boys Club

Shaw and Coffey holding the Stoddard Silver Bowl

Shaw and Coffey holding the Stoddard Silver Bowl

were co-chairmen of the M Club. Shaw personally paid for the engraving of the trophy and Coffey secured the bowl each year from the winning high school and arranged to have it engraved.

In addition to the Stoddard Bowl another award has been a fixture of this contest from the very beginning.  The Bernard Sprafke Memorial Outstanding Player Award.

The Sprafke award was initiated by the Meriden Jaycees to Sprafkecommemorate the Meriden High School teacher. The award is presented at the conclusion of the game to the player, who in the opinion of the judges, “has distinguished himself by his conduct, his devotion, and his ability while representing his school on the football field, during this inter-city contest.”

Robert McNulty was president of the Jaycees in 1958 when the trophy was first awarded to an athlete to call attention to the people of Meriden “the work, service, dedication and memory of this great citizen and educator.”

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Stoddard Bowl Results

2015 Platt 27, Maloney 49
2014 Platt 21, Maloney 13
2013 Platt 28, Maloney 8
2012 Platt 44, Maloney 0
2011 Platt 34, Maloney 27
2010 Platt 26, Maloney 7
2009 Platt 33, Maloney 23
2008 Platt 20, Maloney 18
2007 Maloney 36, Platt 34
2006 Maloney 26, Platt 18
2005 Platt 24, Maloney 21
2004 Platt 55, Maloney 20
2003 Platt 19, Maloney 0
2002 Platt 27, Maloney 12
2001 Platt 35, Maloney 11
2000 Maloney 41, Platt 23
1999 Maloney 42, Platt 18
1998 Maloney 28, Platt 6
1997 Platt 14, Maloney 10
1996 Maloney 34, Platt 7
1995 Platt 12, Maloney 12
1994 Maloney 28, Platt 6
1993 Maloney 38, Platt 14
1992 Maloney 30, Platt 6
1991 Platt 21, Maloney 14
1990 Maloney 26, Platt 6
1989 Maloney 22, Platt 0
1988 Maloney 18, Platt 13
1987 Platt 21, Maloney 6
1986 Platt 31, Maloney 13
1985 Platt 10, Maloney 0
1984 Platt 12, Maloney 7
1983 Maloney 20, Platt 7
1982 Maloney 13, Platt 7
1981 Maloney 30, Platt 20
1980 Maloney 30, Platt 15
1979 Maloney 20, Platt 6
1978 Maloney 29, Platt 24
1977 Platt 30, Maloney 22
1976 Maloney 24, Platt 6
1975 Platt 42, Maloney 6
1974 Platt 7, Maloney 0
1973 Platt 24, Maloney 6
1972 Maloney 21, Platt 18
1971 Platt 34, Maloney 0
1970 Platt 21, Maloney 8
1969 Platt 28, Maloney 0
1968 Maloney 26, Platt 16
1967 Platt 35, Maloney 26
1966 Maloney 35, Platt 12
1965 Maloney 26, Platt 20
1964 Maloney 12, Platt 7
1963 Maloney 68, Platt 8
1962 Platt 34, Maloney 0
1961 Maloney 32, Platt 8
1960 Maloney 12, Platt 8
1959 Maloney 29, Platt 0
1958 Platt 20, Maloney 14