Charles P. Sisson '11
Year Inducted: 1982
Charles P. Sisson '11 played football for Brown during one of the most exciting and productive periods in the history of the sport at Brown. Between 1908 and 1910, the Bruins won nineteen games, lost eight, tied two, and outscored the opposition 418 to 145. Brown was riding high as one of the nation's football powers, and no less than six members of those fine elevens were selected by Walter Camp for his All-American teams: Johnny Mayhew, Spike Dennie, Kit Regnier, Russ McKay, Bill Sprackling (a three-time All-American) - and Charlie Sisson. A tall, rangy center with exceptional speed and a flair for making the big play, Sisson broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore in 1908. That was the year Brown "won" a 10-10 game with Yale and narrowly lost to Harvard, 6-2. The 1910 Bruin gridiron machine, still rated one of Brown's best, recorded the school's first official victory over Yale, a decisive 21-0 whipping of the Bulldog. John "Daff" Gammons '98, who coached Brown in 1908 and 1909, once described Sisson as "another in the long line of brilliant Brown centers" and added: "He was an intense competitor, a man who couldn't wait for the game to start. Few linemen at Brown had greater speed than Charlie. He would make tackles all over the field." Edward North Robinson '96, who coached Sisson in 1910, described him as "a true All-American" and compared him as a center to Iron Man Joe Coulter and Daddy Jim Coombs. At the end of that 1910 season, Charlie Sisson was given a spot on Camp's All-American third team. A Harvard Law School graduate, Sisson practiced law in Rhode Island, served as attorney general of the State, and was assistant attorney general of the United States from 1929 to 1932. He was a member of the Brown Corporation from 1925 until his death in 1947 and served on its Advisory and Executive Committee. He also served as chairman of the Athletic Advisory Council and the Association of Class Secretaries. The fiery Bill Sprackling '12, who appreciated Sisson's aggressive style of play, once said: "Charlie was a leader among his classmates while an undergraduate and a leader in alumni activities since his graduation."