Wednesday, July 30, 2014

31 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

31 Days Until Kickoff!
Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day
Billy Hair

Today’s photo is of Billy Hair, who lettered at tailback for Clemson from 1950-1952.
The undefeated 1950 Tigers edged the University of Miami, 15-14 in the 17th annual Orange Bowl played Jan. 1, 1951. 
Billy Hair earned MVP honors in that game.

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July 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Bob Bradley As A Senior


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Today’s photos are from 1949 and show a very young Bob Bradley during his senior year at Clemson.

The class of 1949 witnessed a perfect 11-0-0 football season in the fall of 1948, and in the above picture you can see Bob Bradley at what I believe to be some celebration get together for his graduation in 1949.

Originally from Greenville, Bob Bradley majored in Textile Manufacturing. He also was the editor of the Tiger newspaper his senior year.

Bradley worked 502 consecutive football games during his career at Clemson. Bradley was presented the Order of the Palmetto by the Governor's office and after his death was inducted into the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame.


Bradley redefined the field of sports information in 1979 when, under his direction, the Clemson Sports Information Department won nine national awards for its brochures and press guides.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

32 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day


32 Days Until Kickoff!
Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day
Vance Hammond

Today’s photo is of Vance Hammond, who lettered for Clemson at defensive tackle for Clemson from 1987-1990.

Hammond was a graduate of Dorman High School and played under some great teams at Clemson with Danny Ford. In fact, Hammond’s dad was a State Trooper who was responsible for escorting Coach Ford off the field.

Hammond’s professional career included stints with the Sacramento Gold Miners and the Memphis Mad Dogs.

Hammond is now living in Gaffney and is the Area Director at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate.
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July 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Old Mechanical Hall From 1920’s

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Today’s photos are from a building at Clemson that no longer exists, Mechanical Hall.

The photo above is a common photo showing the old Mechanical Hall in the snow and you can see that it was located beside Hardin Hall. Mechanical Hall burned down in 1926 and the school went right to work on a replacement building.

Old Mechanical Hall, which housed Engineering since the college's earliest days, burned to the ground on May 27th, 1926. The roof over the machine shop caught fire, which spread to the rest of the structure. Fire fighters from Anderson, Greenville and Easley finally contained the blaze, saving nearby structures. Greenville City Firefighter J.C.F (Jimmy) Burns lost his life while fighting this blaze.

The fuzzy photo below shows an interesting view of Riggs Hall in 1928 from the Main Building (Tillman). It shows a view of the area where Mechanical Hall was and that it still was without any grass two years after the fire.


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Monday, July 28, 2014

33 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

33 Days Until Kickoff!
Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day
Ray Matthews

Ray Mathews was a football and baseball player at Clemson from 1947-1950. Matthews was a starting wing back on the 1948 team that went 11-0 with a win in the Gator Bowl. He was also a starter on the perfect season team in 1950.

In 1948 he led the team in scoring and had the most yards per reception as a sophomore with 27.1. He had a great amount of versatility on the field as he had 3128 all-purpose yards, which includes rushing, receiving, kick returns, and punt returns. He also added 907 yards passing in his career. He also recorded 131 interception return yards on 10 interceptions for his career. He scored 168 points and had 28 touchdowns in his career.

Matthews also excelled on the baseball field. In 1951 he led the team in hits with 33, homeruns with 5, batting average with a .375, slugging percentage at .591, and total bases with 52. He had 10 RBI's in a game against Furman in 1950 as well as three home runs.

Matthews went on to play in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had 230 career receptions with the Steelers. He led the Steelers in scoring in 1954 and 1955 and also led them in rushing yards in 1952.

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