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Saturday, April 21, 2012

April 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Mother’s Day On Bowman Field-1939
(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photos are from 1939 and of Mother’s Day celebration on Bowman Field. You can see from the pictures that a massive amount of people, estimated at over 10,000, crammed on the grass at Bowman Field.
As you look through these pictures of Bowman Field in 1939, let’s rewind to several Clemson events that took place in 1939 as well as some national events.

In 1939, Clemson participated in its first bowl game, beating Boston College in the 1940 Cotton Bowl Classic. Construction of Sirrine Hall began in 1939. After five years in existence, IPTAY abandoned the secret ritual aspect of the organization's character and becomes an open operation.

Led by All-American player Banks McFadden, Clemson wins its first conference basketball championship. Banks McFadden was also named first team All-American by Associated Press and third team selection by United Press. He was the first Clemson player honored by the AP. He also repeats his 1938 basketball All-American status.

Nationally, on May 2nd, Major League Baseball's Lou Gehrig, the legendary Yankee first baseman known as "The Iron Horse", ended his 2,130 consecutive games played streak after contracting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The record stands for 56 years before Cal Ripken, Jr. plays 2,131 consecutive games.

On May 20, Pan-American Airways began trans-Atlantic mail service with the inaugural flight of its Yankee Clipper from Port Washington, New York.

And on May 22, 1939, Germany and Italy sign the Pact of Steel.

(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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