Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Fred Cone As Santa in 1948

"Pop, this next play is going to determine whether I am a good coach or a SOB"-Frank Howard



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Today’s picture is from 1948 and of Fred Cone joking around by dressing up as Santa Claus during a practice session in December of 1948 as the Tigers prepare for the Gator Bowl.


Cone is standing inside of Memorial Stadium with the North Stands at his back.


Frank Howard spoke of Cone in his book, Howard The Legend. Below is an excerpt.


When I was about to graduate from high school, all my sisters said, "Brother, get you a job and help momma." Except Hazel. She said, "You go to college and I'll help momma."


In 1947, Hazel called me and said, "Brother, I have you a great football player. But he never has played football." She said his name was Fred Cone. She was sure he'd make a fine player, even though he'd never played the sport.


The main reason for her call is that he just wanted into Clemson. He had tried Auburn and Alabama, but they were full. Back in those days, it was hard to get into college because of all the veterans returning from World War II. But I had an arrangement with our registrar. I had told him that on September 1st I'd give him 40 names of boys I wanted in school and he'd save me 40 places. When Hazel called I had 39 names on that list.


So, I wrote Fred Cone in as my 40th name. That's how he got into school.I asked her later how she knew he was going to be a great football player. She said, "I saw him dive off a diving board one time."


Cone was from Pineapple, Alabama. His aunt lived next door to Hazel. Those two tickets that I sent to her for that Tulane game got me the next-door neighbor's nephew, who turned out to be one of the best football players I ever had.


Fred was a fullback. After he played for me he played for Green Bay in the NFL for several years. Then he went to Dallas for several more seasons. When Fred hit the line, he could either run over them or around them.


Our 1948 team was playing Missouri in the Gator Bowl game played January 1, 1949. They couldn't stop us and we couldn't stop them. I had a fellow working for me as an assistant coach named Russ Cohen. He told me after that game that we had a good team except for our pass defense. So I hired him to take over that phase of our defense. He called me 'Skipper' and I called him 'Pop'.


So we were playing in that Gator Bowl. We had Missouri 24-23 with two minutes to play. We had the ball on the 50-yard line. My tailback was calling the signals. In those days you couldn't send in plays. But you could signal a little bit if they didn't see you. So he looked over at me, wondering if he should punt because it was fourth and four. But I gave him the 'go' sign. I figured Missouri could score from 80 yards as easy as from 50 the way they had been moving the ball. I thought our only chance was to make a first down and run out the clock.


Skipper asked me what I told him. I said, "Pop, I told him to run it." He said, "Oh, my God, I wish you'd have told him to punt." I said, "Pop, this next play is going to decide whether I'm a good coach or an SOB."


Old Cone busted in there, got hit right at the line of scrimmage, but wiggled out of there and got six. The old man grabbed me around the neck and said, "Skipper, you're not an SOB today."


Then we kept the ball until the game was over. Cone really saved me my job.


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Monday, September 29, 2014

September 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1960's Game Day



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I believe this is a game day at Clemson in 1962. A few clues help narrow down the date, but one major clue that could confirm the actual date.

The clue that I don’t know is the building that is under construction on the left side of the picture. This building is no longer standing, as the Stadium Residence Hall now sits in that location. The Stadium Residence Hall was built in 2002, and the building that sat there prior to 2002 is the building that is under construction in this picture.

If I knew the name of that building under construction, I could probably pin down the actual year of this picture (and maybe even the actual game).

The clues that help narrow down the date are found in various parts of the picture. You can notice the West Stands has been completed in this picture. The date of completion for the West Stands was 1960.

You can also notice the clear contrast of the North Stands above the portals. The original North Stands was only as high as where the portals are today. In 1958, that was expanded on both the North and South Stands, adding 18,000 total seats to Memorial Stadium. In the picture, you can see the color change above the portal with the newer seats.

You can also see in the picture that Littlejohn Coliseum has yet to be constructed. Littlejohn was completed in 1968, with ground being broken in 1966. So we can easily narrow the picture down to between 1960-1966 based on those clues.

Those white buildings you see where the lawn at Littlejohn and Lot 2 sits today were apartments for married students at Clemson in the 1960’s.

Contrary to popular belief, you can see that lights did exist in Death Valley many years ago. If you look closely, you can see the pole with the lights in the picture.

I can’t tell in the picture if that is the Clemson Tiger Band going down Fort Hill Street or if that is a military brigade or company marching to the stadium.

You can also see that the endzone painting on the field says “IPTAY” instead of “Clemson”. This was done for several years in the early 1960’s to promote IPTAY and increase donations to the athletic fund.

One other thing about this picture is unknown to me. The big brick building that sits almost exactly where Littlejohn sits today is a mystery to me. Someone once told me that the building was a sewage treatment facility, but I find that hard to believe considering how far away from the main part of campus that building is. If anyone can shed light on the "unknowns" of this picture, reply on the Tiger Pregame Show Facebook page or to my email below.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

September 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Baseball Legend Rusty Adkins


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Today’s photos are of a Clemson baseball legend, Rusty Adkins.

Rusty Adkins is Clemson's only three-time All-American in baseball. He earned All-ACC and All-District honors for the 1965-67 seasons.

Adkins had a 41-game hitting streak over the 1965 and 1966 seasons, an ACC record. In 1965, he hit .444 on the year and did not strike out. He had a three-year career batting average of .379 with a wooden bat. His first and last career hits were both homeruns.

Baseball American named him to the All-College Baseball Team for the 1965-74 era.   Adkins was drafted by the Kansas City Royals and played four years in the minor leagues.


Adkins was later inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame and the South Carolina Hall of Fame in 1995, and then the Clemson Ring of Honor in 1998. He became the inaugural member of the York County Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, as well.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

September 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Bob Bradley and Press Box In 1977


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Today’s photos are from the 1977 football season and are of Bob Bradley inside the Press Box on game day in Clemson. I am also hoping that some of the others in these photos can be identified, so if you know please email me or respond to the post on Facebook.

The above photo is a great shot of Bob working the game (notice his Clemson Alumni ring proudly worn)! I do not know who the gentleman to Bob’s right is.

In the next photo, I am almost certain that the person Bob is talking to below is former Greenville News writer Dan Foster.   I also believe that the young man sitting directly to the right of Bob is his son, Robert.


And finally, on the back row of the picture above are Jerry Arp and Al Adams.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

September 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Cadets On Highway 93 In 1940’s


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Today’s photos are from the late 1940’s and shows Clemson Cadets crossing what is now Highway 93 in Clemson. This is post-WWII Clemson and optimism around the country was very high as the beginning of the "baby boomer" generation was cranking up.

This photo was taken at the old location of the Methodist Church and Cadets would cross the road on their way to the old Post Office (now Mell Hall). Cadets would get their mail before going to the mess hall to eat.

Below is a photo of the same location taken this past Spring.


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