1965 Dr William George Beers 1

Dr WG Beers 
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a former Montréal dentist, is known and called the father of  the sport of Lacrosse. He was the man mostly responsible for developing the game, which was observed being played by the Indians, and originally played with from 250 to 500 a side on a meadow from two to three miles long.   
                                                         
As early as 1860, Dr. Beers published a brochure on lacrosse, it was the first attempt to govern the game. In 1869 his book under the title of “Lacrosse” explains the author’s desire to extend knowledge of the game, to systemise its principle and practice, and perpetuate it as the National game of Canada. It was barren of laws, and the goalkeeper was the only player with a definite name and position. 

Rules were formulated and all positions named. As a result of this, many white men took up the game. Dr. Beers pointed out that all ​Indians were not good players, but they all loved the game. He felt that any Indian’s feat could be done by a white player. The game of lacrosse was played by the white man for many years but not officially until 1839, when the Montréal Club was organised. It began to become popular in 1857 and really began to flourish in 1858, as Dr. Beers became more involved. The game really got a boost in 1869 when Prince Arthur of Connaught (Governor General of Canada) visited Montréal and a game of lacrosse with 25 on each side comprised a Six Nation Indian Team and the Ontario Club (A white player club). Dr. Beers was captain and goalkeeper for the white player team. This game created considerable interest and resulted in clubs being formed in Cornwall, Ottawa, and Montréal. On June 1, 1867, the first rules of lacrosse were announced by the Montréal Club. In September of the same year, a convention was held in Kingston, where the National Lacrosse Association of Canada was formed, and the rules of the game accepted, and a constitution adopted – the popularity of lacrosse steadily increased. Later that year, a 18 [sic] Caughnawaga Indian team, and a white team was taken to Great Britain where they played matches in England, Ireland, and Scotland. A match was also played at Windsor before the late Queen Victoria. She greatly enjoyed it and gave each player a photograph of herself. Dr. Beers was captain of the white team and principal promoter of the trip. In all the things written about Dr. G.W. Beers, it may never be forgotten to mention that he was always a gentleman, not only of ability, but of tireless energy. He was a great Canadian who did much for his fellow man. It was he and he alone who developed lacrosse in Canada, which was named, for good reasons, “Canada’s National Game”. He is the real father of lacrosse and the only Mr. Lacrosse. It was unfortunate that some years ago, a few in Canada, tried to replace Lacrosse as Canada’s National Game with another game. They rightly failed. It probably may now be reported, that the Prime Minister of Canada, at the time, was a former lacrosse player. He knew his history on Lacrosse. Dr. W. George Beers is known as the real father of organised lacrosse in Canada. He was born in Montréal in 1841 and became active in lacrosse at an early age. He formed the National Lacrosse Association of Canada and organised the first convention in Kingston, Ontario on September 26, 1867. He wrote a book entitled, Lacrosse the National Game of Canada, and also took two teams to England where they played a command performance for Queen Victoria. Dr. W.G. Beers - is known as the father of organized lacrosse in Canada. He was born in Montreal in 1841 and became active in lacrosse at an early age. He formed the National Lacrosse Association and organized the first convention in Kingston, Ontario on September 26, 1867. He wrote a book entitled Lacrosse - The National Game of Canada, and also took two teams to England where they played a command performance for Queen Victoria.

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