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Pothier J. Voorhies, Athlete 1901-04, great grandfather; P.J. “Sport” Voorhies, 99-04,great grandson

On April 15, 2014, Sport Voorhies wrote the Athletic Network, "I was looking at the family portion of AthleticNetwork.  My great grandfather was on the first baseball and football teams at SLI." 

Sport informed me that Jon Robertson, Ragin’ Pagin’ website, had posted a story on the relationship. When contacted, Turbine was very helpful in sharing his research.  Please click here for the story on RaginPagin.com 

Pothier Jean Voorhies, SLII Athlete 1901-1904, is the great grandfather of P.J. "Sport Voorhies", Baseball 1999-2004.

The research on Pothier Voorhies was done by Jon "Turbine" Robertson and posted on  www.raginpagin.com , one the Community Links partners with the Athletic Network. Please click on the link to his website for his posting of this story. His research was posted in 2002.

UL Football Athlete (1901-1904) Pothier J. Voorhies

Pothier Jean Voorhies (better known as PJ) attended, Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute. Today the University is known as the University of Louisiana.

  • Mr. Voorhies was an original two sport Athlete, helping found football and baseball at UL.
  • Pothier was a member of SLII’s first and second class of graduates in 1903 and 1904.
  • Founded the Alumni Association
  • Was the Alumni Associations first president serving from 1904-08 and again in 1929-30
  • Managed Vordenbaumen Lumber company.

Football: P. J. played center for the University of Louisiana, on the inagural 1901-02 football team. Three weeks after the school opened its doors for the first time in 1901, a football team was actively organized. It is believed that this was and is the fastest a football team has ever been formed in US collegiate history. The University of Louisiana has had an organized football team for its entire history.

Athletic Network Footnote: Please click here for the AN Football 1901 Football Gallery. It contains stories from the Lafayette Advertiser, Lafayette Gazette, Times-Picayune, as well as a team photo. Note that the Oct. 12 article indicated that the team will begin practicing soon…first and only game in 1901 was played on Dec. 21 in Opelousas, although a second game was played in Jan. 1902 in Lafayette.

Click here for the Photo Gallery of Baseball Alumni Weekend April 23-25, 2010 when the 2000 CWS team was honored. P.J. "Sport" Voorhies was a member of that team.

To view the Family Connections Page, please click on www.athleticnetwork.net , History of UL Athletics, Family Connections. Please email athleticnetwork@louisiana.edu to include your family connections, either by blood or marriage, in the FC Page. Thank you.