Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1973 Sign, NC State, and Bennie Cunningham


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Today’s photos are from the week of October 27th, 1973 as Clemson prepared to take on NC State in Death Valley.

The above photo shows some nifty banner making and hanging skills by hung on one of the high rise dorms on campus. As you can see, the banner took up three floors and I am not sure how the students were able to get it hung there based on the picture!

The lead up to the game was to be in vain as the Tigers fell 29-6 to the Wolfpack. The Tigers would finish the season 5-6 behind Peanut Sanders and Smiley Sanders. The star of the 1973 season was a young man that would go on to have a fabulous career in the NFL.

Bennie Cunningham led the Tigers in 1973 and would go on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers during their dominant run in the 1970’s.

Bennie stopped by the Tiger Pregame Show in November of 2011 for a segment prior to the South Carolina game that evening. Bennie lives in Seneca to this day and attends a couple of Clemson games each year. Below is a picture of Bennie on the show with me in 2011.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

May 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Orange Shoes Vs. NC State In 1960’s


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Today’s photo is from a big day in Clemson football history. Most Clemson fans know about the history and lore of the orange pants, which started in 1980. But the first mystical change in football attire came 13 years earlier when Clemson put on orange shoes vs. NC State. Here’s the story, as best as I can remember it.

In the 1960’s, every team wore black shoes when playing football. NC State's Bill Morrow found out that a member of the Kansas City Chiefs was wearing white shoes so he figured he would too. Morrow had a huge year in 1966 wearing the white shoes, including an intercepted pass for a touchdown that marked the first TD in the new Carter Finley Stadium.

So, in 1967, one NC State player wanted to follow Morrow’s lead and make a fashion statement by wearing white shoes. Linebacker Chuck Amato (yes, that Chuck Amato) wore white shoes during the 1967 season and began spreading the look to the rest of the Wolfpack defense.

The magic of the white shoes worked for the Wolfpack as they started the 1967 season 8-0 and it appeared NC State was going to the Sugar Bowl on New Years Day. There was only two teams standing in the way of NC State, one was Penn State and the other was Clemson. The Wolfpack had to at least win one of the last two to go the Sugar Bowl. Penn State did their part by handing NC State a loss.

On November 18, 1967 the 10th rank Wolfpack came to Death Valley to play the 4-4 Clemson Tigers with the Sugar Bowl on the line for NC State. Clemson, motivated to knock the Wolfpack out of the Sugar Bowl, painted their shoes orange prior to the game with the Wolfpack. Students were encouraged to come onto the field to create a tunnel for the Tigers to come down the hill, causing electricity to run through the fired up crowd as they saw the Tigers in the orange shoes.

It was a very windy day in Death Valley and the Wolfpack used that wind to kick two long field goals early to take a 6-0 lead. But Clemson, led by Buddy Gore, stormed back for two touchdowns to defeat Amato and the Wolfpack 14-6 and knock them out of the Sugar Bowl.

In fact, Gore caught the only pass of his career at Clemson late in the game to gain a first down and seal the win. Gore is #44 in the picture.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

May 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Laundry Building


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Today’s photos are of the old Laundry Building at Clemson. It was typical for the Freshmen Rats to haul laundry for the upper classmen, as seen in the picture above.

Here is an outside view of the Laundry Building.


The below picture shows the Cadets dropping off their bags of laundry on the outside of the building through an opening in the door.


Here is a picture of the inside of the laundry with the ladies sorting and tagging the bags so that they could be returned to the proper owner. As you can see, the laundry would literally pile up on laundry day at Clemson!


The final picture shows the end of the process, with the workers folding the clothes in preparation for returning them to the Cadets.


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Saturday, May 21, 2016

May 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson College Café’




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Today’s photos are of a very familiar location to Clemson students and fans, but it may look a bit different in these photos than it does now.

Before there was TD's and even before Dan’s Sandwich Show, this prime location on College Avenue was the location of the College Café and Sandwich Shop.

The photo above is an interior photo taken in the early 1940’s of the establishment.

Here's an even older photo of that same location taken in the 1920’s used on a postcard for Clemson, SC

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Friday, May 20, 2016

May 20th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Cadet Life In 1950’s And A “Sugar Report”

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Today’s photos span the 1950’s and show what life was like for a Clemson Cadet in the 1950’s at Clemson.

The above photo shows a cadet standing outside the old post office (now Mell Hall) reading a “sugar report”, which was a letter from a girl. The building in the background of the picture would one day be Dan’s Sandwich Shop and is now TD’s.

The next photo is from inside the old barracks and it shows the Cadets passing the time during the evening. The Cadets thumbing through some newspapers and magazines.




The photo below shows another view inside the old barracks, only this time the Cadets that occupied this room have added a little flair to their room (notice the window curtains!).

The next photo shows the cadets inside the old barracks sitting around a table with one cadet playing the harmonica.


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