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Saturday, April 7, 2012

April 7th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger QB’s On The Sideline In 1965

(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photo was taken on the sidelines during the 1965 season. I believe this is the season opener for the Tigers against NC State, a game Clemson would win 21-7 on September 18th, 1965.

The player closest to the camera is Jimmy Bell, quarterback for the Tigers. As you can see in the picture, Bell has a headset on talking to coaches up in the press box. We often don’t think about that kind of technology being used in the 1960’s, but you can clearly see that it was.

Bell was from Hartsville, SC and I believe he is still practicing Family Medicine in Hartsville today.

A couple of other interesting notes from the picture. Notice the Pepsi cup on the wooden table behind Bell. I find this interesting because I can never recall a time that Coke was not the sponsor at Clemson. Obviously, Pepsi had rights at some point because of the cup in the picture, but I can’t remember anyone other than Coke having rights inside of Death Valley.

I also love the jerseys from this era. The white would look great at home even today in my opinion. I also like the numbers on the helmet.

The 1965 team went 5-5 and 4-3 in the ACC. That was good enough for a share of 1st place in the ACC, despite the fact that the Tigers lost the last three games of the season to Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

The Tigers averaged only 11.7 points in 1965 (that ranked 100th out of 120 Division I teams). But the Tiger defense was very good, giving up only 13.7 points a game.

Despite the average record, the 1965 team had some great players on it. Five Clemson Hall of Fame inductees were on the 1965 team…although they were all in their first year or two with the program.

Jimmy Addison, Phil Rogers, Harry Olszewski, Wayne Mass, and Buddy Gore are all Clemson Hall of Famers that were on the 1965 team. This group of Tiger greats would be a part of outright ACC Championships in 1966 and 1967.

(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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