Guy Voight

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Guy Voight
United States Rugby Team in 1913.jpg
Voight with the US team in 1913 (pictured back row, fourth from right)
Full nameHenry Joseph Voight
Date of birth(1889-09-30)September 30, 1889
Place of birthCouncil Bluffs, Iowa
Date of deathNovember 26, 1937(1937-11-26) (aged 48)
Place of deathTulsa, Oklahoma
UniversitySanta Clara University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1910–1914 Santa Clara University ()
Correct as of January 3, 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1913 United States 1 (0)
Correct as of January 3, 2019
A group of seven young men arranged in two rows—four standing in back and three squatting in front—in basketball uniforms: white tank tops with a horizontal stripe and interlocking "SC" logo and white colored shorts.
Voight with the Santa Clara Broncos men's basketball team during the 1914–15 season (pictured back row, first from left)

Henry Joseph "Guy" Voight (September 30, 1889 – November 26, 1937) was an American rugby union player who played at lock for the United States men's national team in its first capped match against New Zealand in 1913.


Guy Voight was born on September 30, 1889 in Council Bluffs, Iowa,[1] the son and one of multiple children of Henry Joseph Voight and Mari Johanna "Jennie" Voight (born Gullickson).[2] Both Voight's father and grandfather were also named Henry Joseph Voight.[2] As a young adult, Voight played baseball for a semi-professional team in Sedro-Woolley, Washington.[2]

From 1910 until 1915, Voight attended Santa Clara University where he majored in civil engineering and was a member of the school's rugby and basketball teams.[2] On November 15, 1913, Voight played for the United States national rugby union team at lock in its first test match against New Zealand—a 51–3 defeat.[3]

After his university years, Voight worked as a sheepherder in Utah and was drafted into the United States Army during World War I.[2] Voight served with the Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Douglas.[2] Voight married Flossie Elizabeth Smith on August 12, 1918 in Salt Lake City, Utah with whom he had multiple children.[2] After being discharged from the Army, Voight returned to his hometown of Council Bluffs and later moved with his family to Sapulpa, Oklahoma.[2] After suffering from a heart attack,[2] Voight died on November 26, 1937 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 48.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Guy Voight". ESPN. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Casey, Patrick. "Henry Joseph "Guy" Voight". The Rugby History Society. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "New Zealand Tour - Berkeley, 15 November 1913". ESPN. Retrieved January 3, 2019.