Sunday, June 26, 2016

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

69 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Stacy Driver


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Stacey Driver was a tailback at Clemson from 1982-1985.

Driver played as a running back at Griffin High School and was given the title of All-State and All American. At Clemson, Driver was nicknamed the “Ricochet Rabbit” for his quickness and ability to bounce off of tackles.

Driver spent the better part of his career as Clemson’s “other” running back. Terry Allen came to Clemson and took some of Driver’s carries away.

But Driver was a part of a unique game at Clemson. The 1983 team was on probation and could not officially win the ACC Championship. However, as the Tigers finished the ACC Regular Season with a home game versus Maryland, the Tigers would earn the league’s best ACC record if they could beat the Terrapins and Boomer Esiason. This was the game where Central Spirit amassed over 300,000 balloons for the record launch.


Driver guided Clemson to a big game, and as Driver scored a touchdown late in the game to give the Tigers a 42-7 lead, Clemson’s play by play announcer Jim Phillips said on air “Bring on Nebraska”. Nebraska, at the time, was the #1 team in the nation and Clemson was ineligible for a bowl game In 1987.

Driver signed with the Cleveland Browns as a free agent; he played for one season before sustaining a serious knee injury.

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June 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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Saturday, June 25, 2016

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

70 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Joe Blalock


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Today’s photo is of Joe Blalock, who lettered for Clemson at left end from 1939-1941.

Blalock was Clemson's first two-time All-American and was the leading Tiger receiver for three consecutive years. Blalock also averaged 20.34 yards per catch in his career.

Blalock was the 5th round draft choice of the Detroit Lions after the 1941 season.

Blalock is a Charter member of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame, being inducted in 1973. In 1999, Blalock was ranked as Clemson's #16 football player of all-time by a panel of Clemson historians.

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June 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Baseball In 1950’s

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Today’s photos are from the 1950’s and shows a long ago era of Tiger Baseball.

The above photo is of Tiger leftfielder, Larry Wilson, connecting on a pitch against Furman in the early 1950’s. I believe this game was played at Furman, as I do not recognize this as the baseball complex from the 1950’s (which was located where Hoke Sloan Tennis Complex is now).

The next photo is of a very young Coach Bill Wilhelm dressed in a nice suit looking down on Tiger infielder Clayton Lowder, who was struck on the knee by an errant pitch.


The final photo is a classic shot of longtime trainer Herman McGee in the dugout during a trip to Omaha in the late 50s.


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Friday, June 24, 2016

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

71 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Harold Olszewski


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Today’s photo is of Harry Olszewski, who lettered at offensive guard from 1965-1967

Olszewski was a First-team consensus All-American and the only unanimous choice to All-ACC team in 1967. It was Olszewski ‘s second straight year on the team.

Olszewski was amed to the Silver Anniversary All-ACC team in 1977. He scored a 12-yard touchdown, with a fumbled snap from center, against South Carolina his junior year.

Olszewski started 30 consecutive varsity games and was ranked as Clemson's #17 football player of all-time by a panel of Clemson historians in 1999.

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