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Friday, April 13, 2012

April 13th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Ariel View Of Memorial Stadium In 1955

(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)
Today’s photo is from high above Memorial Stadium at halftime of a game in 1955.

As you can see from the picture, Clemson Cadets are coming back into the stands after being on the field at halftime.

The 1955 Tigers were 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the ACC, which was good enough for a 3rd place finish in the ACC. The Tiger QB’s in 1955 were Charlie Bussey and Don King. Joel Wells and Billy O’Dell were the running backs on that team.

This was the last year that Clemson was a military institution. This group of Cadets on the field in this picture were the last group to have this honor at Clemson.

Clemson still honors its military heritage throughout the campus. The various plazas and statues are always a popular visiting point for fans coming into Clemson on game day.

Joe Sherman, class of 1934, coined the now famous phrase about there being something special in these hills at Clemson.

“There's something in these hills . . . the ability of an institution through the unending dedication and greatness of its people — its administration, its faculty, its staff, its students and its alumni — to impart to all it touches a respect, an admiration, an affection that stand firm in disquieting times when things around it give impressions of coming unglued.”
Even today, new students to Clemson cannot help but notice the military history of Clemson. They walk by it and see it every day while on campus.

(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”).

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