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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

April 11th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

South Stands Press Box From 1950’s

(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)
Today’s photo is from the 1950’s. The first picture is a ground level view of the South Stands with the old Press Box at the top of the picture.

You can see the cadets are dressed in their uniforms and some of them were lucky enough to have a young lady for a date at this game.

The original Press Box at Clemson was very small, and the cramped environment lent itself to some interesting stories. Frank Howard relayed one story in his book about a funny incident in the 1940’s.

Coach Howard always enjoyed a good rapport with the press. Basically, he always made time to accommodate the writers and radio announcers who covered the team.

One of his favorite writers in the early 1940's was Carter "Scoop" Latimer, who worked for the Atlanta American. If there was one thing that Latimer liked besides writing, it was drinking. Sometimes he mixed the two, which didn't always work out too well.

Yet, Scoop had enough friends to bail him out of trouble. Once, when he was covering a Clemson game, he got so drunk he couldn't finish writing his story and passed out in the press box.

His cronies bailed him out. Several kept filing stories over the Western Union wire. After they had sent six of them, the newspaper sent back a message to stop; it didn't need any more Clemson stories!

(Note: If you have old pictures dating before 1990 that are Clemson related and you would like to share them, send them to me in an email with as much information about the picture as you can give and I will use it for a future “Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day”).

Scott Rhymer can be reached at Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com