The Marblehead High School Football Team was a power to be reckoned with. The Team compiled a great record with the only blemishes being a 2-0 loss to Salem and a scoreless tie with Newburyport.
The Team won the Northeastern Conference Championship and after that went on to play a post-season game with powerful Miami Edison, Florida High School. With a guarantee of $1000.00, the Team, coached by Charles McGuiness, headed South.
The Team journeyed to and from by steamship. The S.S. Acadia took the group from Boston to New York, from there the group boarded the S.S. Shawnie and after a stop in Jacksonville Florida went on to complete the trip to Miami.
The Team practiced hard and was very well prepared to face Edison. Here is where the plot thickens. Up to the date of December 8th, 1934, the Gridsters had nicknames of "'Headers", "Yachtsmen" and even "Whippers." Now they were going to acquire the name "Magicians" and have carried that name ever since.
The squad put on a tremendous offensive display with their trickery, deception and speed. Some writers even referred to QB Dick Wells as "Houdini". This was the beginning of the name "Magicians" and it has lasted to present day. Marblehead won 52-12.
This small cruiser from the Eastern Line, skippered by Cpt. Devereaux from Marblehead took the team on the first leg of the trip to NYC.
The Shawnee carried the team from NY to Miami
Miami Edison High School
1934 Magicians WW2
4 original Magicians were killed in WWII - John Cudihy, William Loveday, Richard Messinger, and George Shube