1939 Tiger Baseball Team
(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)
Today’s photo is of the 1939 Clemson baseball team.
The first item of note on this picture is the unique mascot on the sleeve of the players. I suppose that is supposed to be a Tiger, but it looks more like a bear to me!
The other thing that stands out to me in this picture is the innocence and youth of the boys on the team. Many of these young men were about to grow up fast.
In January of 1939, Adolf Hitler orders Plan Z, a 5-year naval expansion programme intended to provide for a huge German fleet capable of crushing the Royal Navy by 1944. The Kriegsmarine is given the first priority on the allotment of German economic resources.
Also in the winter of 1939, Hitler gives a speech before the Reichstag calling for an "export battle" to increase German foreign exchange holdings. The same speech also sees Hitler's "prophecy" where he warns that if "Jewish financers" start a war against Germany, the...result will be the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe".
They probably don’t know it, but many of the boys in this picture are about to be fighting in World War II…quickly losing their innocence.
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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