Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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

38 Days Until Kickoff!
Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day
Bill McGuirt

Today’s photo is of Bill McGuirt who lettered at fullback for Clemson in 1960 and 1961.
Coach Frank Howard wrote this about Bill McGuirt in his book:

I used to have a fullback named Bill McGuirt. He played in 1960 and '61. When he'd get a letter from his girlfriend late in the week before a game, he'd just run like the devil and tear things up. He was really good.

The athletes got their mail through the athletic department. Back in those days I carried the mail around to each of them.

This one week we were getting ready to play N.C. State in an important game. I had a pretty little secretary named Betty. I told her, "If Bill doesn't get a letter from his girl by Friday morning, you're going to have to write one for me."
Well, he didn't get a letter. So Betty wrote him.

The letter read: "Dear Bill. You're the best looking chunk of manhood I ever saw in my entire life. And I would sure like to have a date with you. People say I'm cute and well stacked. Please meet me under the goal posts after the game."
Bill went out that day and ran for over 175 yards. He played a great game.
After the game I went and talked to the press. The stands were cleared by the time I was on my way back to the dressing room. But there was Bill standing under the goal posts.

I said, "Son, congratulations on a fine game. I want you to play a game just like that next week. Now I want you to come on up and take a good hot shower because I don't want you to catch cold standing around out here. I want to get
another good game from you next Saturday."

He said he couldn't go in right then because he was "waiting on something."

I knew what he was waiting on, but I just said, "Son, you're going to be waiting here a long time and I don't think she's going to show up. So let's just go on in."

I finally talked him into leaving.

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July 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Old Mechanical Hall From 1920’s

(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

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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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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


39 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Chuck McSwain

Today’s photo is of Chuck McSwain, who lettered for Clemson at running back from 1979-1982.
McSwain rushed for a career-high 151 yards and scored two touchdowns in Clemson’s 29-13 victory over South Carolina to cap an 11-0 regular season in 1981. Six weeks later, Clemson beat Nebraska in the Orange Bowl to win the National Championship.

McSwain said in an interview,  "My brother Rod came to Clemson a year later, and we were very fortunate to both make a difference in that South Carolina game. He blocked a punt that turned the momentum and I ended up being the leading rusher. I broke out a couple of long runs and scored a couple of touchdowns. "

You can read the original article here from Orangeandwhite.com:

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July 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

What A Difference 9 Years Make

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Today’s photos span 1952 to 1961, which included a dramatic change at Clemson.

The above photo was taken around 1952, when Clemson was still an all-male Military College. You can take note of the Trustee House in the background and the partial view of the second barracks on the right.

Fast forward just 9 years and you see the same photo location, but dramatically different culture at Clemson. In 1961, Clemson was no longer a Military College and it was no longer all-male.


One note from the two pictures…notice that the chimneys on the Trustee House are gone in the 1961 photo. I wonder where they went??!!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

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

40 Days Until Kickoff!
Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day
Mr. Zip and Mr. Zap

Today’s photos are of Buddy Gore and Jacky Jackson, who lettered for Clemson at running back from 1965-1968. The above photo of Buddy Gore, who was nicknamed Mr. Zip.

Before the 1967 season began the media had dubbed Gore Mr. Zip because he had great speed as he “zipped past'em”.

The below photo is of Jacky Jackson, dubbed Mr. Zap, because he go the tough yards inside the tackles and “zapped ‘em”.

Jacky Jackson also had great hands out of the backfield as he caught a long scoring pass the year before to complete the scoring in the famous comeback win over Virginia in the first game for Howard's Rock. Buddy

Gore, while not nearly so skilled at receiving, managed to hold onto a key TD pass in 1967 when the Tigers knocked off the highly ranked NC State Wolfpack led by Chuck Amato.

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