Saturday, February 13, 2016

February 13th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Baseball On Bowman Field


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Today’s photo is from 1910 and of a baseball game being played on Bowman Field with Tillman Hall in the background.

You can see how dynamic 1910 was based on the “vehicles” that have driven to the game. You have horse and buggy parked directly beside a Ford Model T.

The Model T Ford was built from 1908 until 1927 with only minor changes over those years. Over 15 million were built. It put America on wheels. The touring car cost $950 in 1910, but by 1926/1927, the price was only $290, made possible by Ford's introduction of the moving assembly line to achieve mass production.

In 1910, Joe Holland was in his first year as the Tiger Baseball coach. The Tigers went 10-11 during that season.

You can see in the picture that the Clemson Cadets are lined in the bleachers with the rest of the fans literally driving up to Bowman Field to watch the game right out of their tailgate.

Here is the picture at the start of the this blog right above a current picture taken from almost the same location last Spring.


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Friday, February 12, 2016

February 12th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Intramurals In Death Valley During 1950’s


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Today’s photo is from 1958 and shows some Clemson students enjoying intramurals on the Memorial Stadium field inside of Death Valley.

In 1958 intramurals were played on the field inside of Death Valley. You can see the very looking West Endzone in the background of the picture.

The only things in the West Endzone in 1958 were the scoreboard and dressing rooms. The West Endzone Stands would be built just two years later in 1960.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

February 11th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Late 1950’s Death Valley

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Today’s photos are from the late 1950’s and show Death Valley with full pageantry from that era.

The above photo is from the 1958 Virginia game in Death Valley on September 20th. What I love most about this picture is the Tiger mascot in the right side of the photo. It is quite amazing to see the evolution of the Tiger from 1958 to today. In fact, today’s Tiger is very similar to the Tiger of the late 1970’s. Therefore, this version of the Tiger was only 20 years away from the “modern” Tiger we recognize today.

I also enjoy seeing those 1950’s cheerleading uniforms. It feels like I have been transformed back to a “sock-hop”!

The next photo is of the 1958 Furman game in Death Valley as the Tigers score another touchdown en route to a 36-19 win before a crowd of 20,000.


The Furman game was the last home game of the 1958 season, played on November 29th. The Tigers would go 8-3 overall in 1958, including a 5-1 conference record that was good enough for an ACC Championship.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

February 10th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Football In 1960’s


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Today’s photo is from a sparsely attended football game in Death Valley from the 1960’s.

In 1960, The West Stands were used for the first time, as Clemson defeated Virginia, 13-7.

Later that year, Clemson defeated Virginia 21-7 and used special pants for rain protection in this game. After the contest Clemson sent the pants to Greenville and allowed Furman to use the pants for a game that night against William and Mary. Furman Head Coach Bob King said, "after those big Clemson boys got out of them some of our guys had a hard time making them stay up and we had to tape the legs of the pants for several players."

The pants beat two teams from Virginia on the same day.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February 9th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Student’s Climbing Pole


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Today’s photos are from the 1960’s and shows some Clemson students climbing a pole inside of Memorial Stadium. As sporting pursuits both pole and mast climbing may have begun as either martial exercises or physical training related to the invention and development of sailing ships, with the attendant requirements of scaling high masts.

Johann Friedrich GutsMuths (1759–1839) wrote the following in the late 18th century, in one of the first textbooks of "modern" gymnastics : "The climbing of the mast is far more challenging [than pole climbing], for the surface is smooth and the hands cannot go around it. Here, it is most necessary to have performed well on elementary exercises [gripping with legs and thighs]. This activity is known, by the way, in several areas of Germany and Europe as an amusement for the general public. A few weeks ago one of my pupils climbed a tree trunk 50 feet (15 m) high. With nonchalance, he held on to the tree with one hand, tore off some leaves and flowers with the other, and fearlessly scattered them, looking down on his ascent. On such tree trunks one must not climb too high because of vertigo; if one loses his composure, he can slide down the tree, rather than fall."

I think most young people in the 1960’s did it for fun…not for exercise!

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