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May 31st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Lake Hartwell and Clemson

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Today's photos focus on the construction and history of the Lake Hartwell Dam and how that impacted Clemson.

The above color photo is from the 1930's and shows Clemson campus before the flooding of the rivers in Clemson that would eventually make Lake Hartwell. The Flood Control Act of 17 May 1950 authorized the Hartwell Dam and Reservoir as the second unit in the comprehensive development of the Savannah River Basin.

The original project provided for a gravity-type concrete dam 2,415 feet long with earth embankments at either end, which would be 6,050 feet long on the Georgia side and 3,935 feet long on the South Carolina side. Full power pool was designed to be 660 feet above mean sea level.

Construction of the Hartwell project took place from 1955 and was completed in 1963. And construction of the dam started in 1955 and was finished in 1959.


Lake Hartwell is named for the American Revolutionary War figure Nancy Hart. …

Broadcast Info And Preview Of Coastal Carolina

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Tigers Turn Focus Towards Coastal Carolina

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Third-seeded Coastal Carolina (41-17) enters the Columbia Regional after winning the Big South Conference Tournament with a 4-0 record last weekend. 

The Chanticleers, who are 3-0 in neutral-site contests, had an 18-5 conference record during the regular season, as it finished atop the Big South Conference standings.  The 2012 season marks the 12th time in school history and the 11th time in the last 12 years that Coastal Carolina has played in an NCAA Tournament.

Coastal Carolina is led by 17th-year Head Coach Gary Gilmore.  The Chanticleers have won seven games in a row and 17 of their last 21 games.  They are 10-7 in one-run games and 1-7 in extra-inning contests as well.

Coastal Carolina is hitting .285 with a .377 slugging percentage and .386 on-base percentage.  Coastal Carolina, who is fielding at a .965 clip, ha…

May 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

First Friday Parade In 1977

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Today’s photos are from the 1977 First Friday Parade. The above picture shows a Clemson Fraternity moving up College Avenue on their way to the Outdoor Theatre for the Pep Rally. Check out the sign on Mr. Knickerbocker’s to the right side of the picture!

When this photo was taken, the First Friday Parade was only in its 3rd year. Started in 1974, the First Friday Parade has been held the Friday afternoon before the first home football game to celebrate the new football season. The parade tradition began in September 1974 in response to a perceived lack of spirit and morale about the Clemson University football team's prospects.

1967 was the last time the Tigers had had a winning season and the first two games for 1974 were played away with Texas A&M crushing Clemson, 24-0, and N.C. State beating the Tigers, 31-10. The brothers of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity began rabble-rousing with Central Spirit to throw a parad…

Broadcast Info And Preview As Tigers Head To Columbia Regional

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Tigers Enter Enemy Territory With Regional On The Line
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Tiger Baseball, and the Road To Omaha, continues Friday as Clemson plays Coastal Carolina in the NCAA Regional at 12:00. The radio broadcast for the game will be provided by WCCP 104.9 FM in Clemson.

You can listen via the radio or stream the audio from http://www.wccpfm.com/. If you do not have access to a computer or radio, you can download the Tune In App (it is free) for your Droid, Blackberry, or IPhone/IPad and choose WCCP 104.9 FM. This will allow you to stream the audio from the game on your smart phone.

Roy Philpott will give play by play with Bob Mahoney offering color analysis all throughout the regional.

Broadcast time for Friday is 11:30 with first pitch at 12:00.

Clemson (33-26) is the #2 seed in the Columbia  Regional at Carolina Stadium. 

Clemson is joined by #1-seeded and host South C…

Clemson Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2012

By Clemson Sports Information Department
10-Person Class is Largest in History

May 29, 2012 Clemson, SC—Clemson will have its largest Hall of Fame induction class in history this fall when 10 former athletes are inducted.


The class includes former baseball coach Bill Wilhelm, who has also been inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame and the State of South Carolina Hall of Fame within the last two years. The induction ceremonies will take place the weekend of Clemson’s home football game with Georgia Tech, October 5-6..

The class includes eight former All-Americans, four ACC Players of the Year, and four athletes who were successful at the professional level. In addition to Wilhelm, the class includes one of his former player, All-American, Billy McMillon, who hit .391 on Clemson’s 1991 College World Series team.

Two former Clemson football All-Americans are also in the class. The late Gaines Adams, a 2006 unanimous All-American, and Stacy Seegars, an All-America …

May 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1965 Band Day In Death Valley

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Today’s photo was taken on Band Day on September 18th, 1965 and shows the North Stands during the pregame. Clemson was hosting NC State on this day and high school bands from around the upstate converged on Death Valley for the event.

You can see the IPTAY in the endzones, something that was prominent during this era at Death Valley. In the top center of the picture, you can see what is now Lot 2. Notice there are no cars parked there. This is because what is now Lot 2 was the football practice fields in 1965.

On the left of the pictures, you can see the prefabs in the location that is today Littlejohn Coliseum. These prefabs were for Clemson students who were married.

Clemson was the co-ACC Champion in 1965, compiling a 5-5 record. Jimmy Addison was the QB for the Tigers in 1965 and he often handed the ball to Buddy Gore. Here is a picture of the game program from the game, depicting Little Red Riding Hood, aka the Ti…

Tigers Enter NCAA Regional In Columbia, SC

Clemson to Play Coastal Carolina in NCAA Tournament in Columbia Friday
By Clemson Sports Information Department

Tigers invited to NCAA Tournament for 37th time.
Clemson, SC - Clemson will face Coastal Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Baseball Tournament in Columbia, SC on Friday at 12:00 PM. The Tigers are the #2 seed in the regional, while Coastal Carolina is the #3 seed.  The game will be televised live by ESPNU.

It will be the opening game of the regional that will be held at the home ballpark of South Carolina. The four-team, double-elimination tournament will also have top-seeded South Carolina face #4-seeded Manhattan. The regional will continue through Monday, June 4.

This is Clemson’s 37th appearance in the NCAA tournament, the fifth-most appearances in the history of college baseball. Clemson has been to the NCAA Tournament every year but one since 1987. Clemson’s NCAA history includes 12 trips to the College World Series, six under current Head Coach Jack Legge…

May 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Baseball In The 1980’s

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Today’s photos are from the 1980’s and are of Tiger Baseball.

The above picture was taken at the start of a rain storm at a game in Clemson in the early spring. You can see that there is no Cajun Café or the baseball building that is now located in right centerfield. I believe that old baseball scoreboard you see in centerfield was modified and is used at the track facility today.

The next picture is The Tiger picking up a bat in between innings with the home plate umpire in the distance. You can see the bleachers that were a part of the 3rd base “stands” for many years at Tiger Field.


The final picture is of the Tiger Bat Girl having a conversation with a man on the field. I believe this man is Earl Martin.

Born on Feb. 6, 1928, Martin came to Clemson in 1945 from Greenwood as a freshman and worked as a student manager with the baseball team. In 1948 he began work as an office assistant in the athletic department unt…

May 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1969 Clemson vs. Georgia Football Game

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Today's color photo is from the 1969 Clemson vs. Georgia Football game. The Tigers would fall to the Bulldogs on this day by a score of 30-0. Mike Cavan is at quarterback for the Bulldogs, and I believe he went into coaching after his career was over.

The 1969 team was led by Ray Yauger at running back. He was a good, tough runner for the Tigers during this era and would help lead the Tigers to a victory over Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

The above picture is also unique because it was one of the final color photos taken of Clemson before the University adopted the Tiger Paw as its official logo.

Arguably the most easily-recognizable symbol of Clemson is the Tiger Paw logo, and it is one of the most recognizable symbols in collegiate athletics. Over many years, the Paw has become synonymous with Clemson Tiger athletics and has stood for excellence and pride among students, faculty, alumni, and fans around the …

May 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1930’s and 1940’s Clemson’s Bowman Field

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Today’s photos are from the Bowman Field area of Clemson throughout the 1930’s and 40’s.

The photo above was taken during the construction of the Clemson Post Office in 1940. If the building looks familiar, it should. In 1973 the University purchased the Post Office and it is now Mell Hall.

The location of the Mell Hall is between Tillman Hall and Clemson’s Downtown on Bowman Field. Since the Post Office (and later Mell Hall) was not built until 1940, what was in that location prior to the construction of the Post Office?

The below picture helps answer that question. It is a poor quality photo from the 1930’s and it shows a panorama of Tillman Hall down to the College Avenue point (where Dan’s was and what is now TD’s).


The building on the far left with white columns is the old Methodist Church. The small white building on the right side of the picture would later be the famous Amoco gas station. Where the …

Broadcast Info, Recap, and Preview as McGibbon Powers Tigers

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John McGibbon Powers Tigers Past Seminoles In The ACC Tournament
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Tiger Baseball, and the Road To Omaha, continues Saturday as Clemson plays Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament. The radio broadcast for the game will be provided by WCCP 104.9 FM in Clemson.

You can listen via the radio or stream the audio from http://www.wccpfm.com/. If you do not have access to a computer or radio, you can download the Tune In App (it is free) for your Droid, Blackberry, or IPhone/IPad and choose WCCP 104.9 FM. This will allow you to stream the audio from the game on your smart phone.

Roy Philpott will give play by play with Bob Mahoney offering color analysis.

Broadcast time for Saturday is 10:30 with first pitch at 11:00.

Jon McGibbon lined a three-run walkoff homer over the wall in right-center in the ninth inning to lift Clemson to a 9-7 victory over #1 Florida State in…

May 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1948 Tiger Baseball On Riggs Field

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Since our baseball team may need a little positive mojo, today’s photos will focus on Tiger Baseball from 1948. Today’s photos are from the 1948 season, when baseball games were played on Riggs Field.

Riggs Field hosted a variety of the school's athletic teams, including the football team from 1915 until 1941 and the baseball team from 1916 until 1969. It is named after Walter Riggs, the former coach of the football team and president of Clemson (1910–1924).

The above photo is from a game with Furman in 1948, with the Tigers pulling out the win by a score of 7-6.

Here's another photo that was taken in the same game and facing the opposite direction. Notice that you cannot see Johnstone Hall in the background as Johnstone had not been built yet.


As first laid out in 1915, the football field, surrounded by a cinder track was at the east end of Riggs Field, tennis courts were in the center section, and the bas…

May 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1963 Clemson Vs. Georgia

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Today’s photo is from the 1963 Clemson and Georgia football game as the Tigers come down the hill prior to kickoff. As you can clearly see from the picture, the Hill was not a popular spot to watch a game during this era.

You can also see the freshman “Rats” waving their hats to welcome the Tigers down the hill. The 1963 Clemson/Georgia game would end in a 7-7 tie on October 12, 1963.

Clemson would finish the year 5-4-1 during the season. I believe this was the Clemson/UGA game that started as a nice sunny day (as seen in the picture), but turned into one of the worst rain storms in the history of Clemson football. It cause folks to have to duck for cover under the stands as rain, wind, and lightening came through Clemson.

Just five weeks after this picture was taken, the nation would be shocked to learn that President John F. Kennedy would be assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

The next photo is of several Clemson ladies sunbathing…

May 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

The Loggia and Homecoming From 1964

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Today’s photos center around the mid 1960’s when color photography was quickly becoming the new fad. The above photo is of Clemson students hanging out in the Loggia at Johnstone Hall.

An open air loggia on the ground-floor (level six) at the hilltop overlooked an assembly quadrangle designed to accommodate cadet formations. The canteen, one floor below the loggia, faced the formation area. The paved quadrangle, lately serving as parking, was redeveloped into a new student union and student government chambers in the mid-1970s.

The campus student locator phone office, the West Campus housing office, student government chambers, a small campus retreat chapel (later converted to a job placement office), and all the student media were located in the three levels above the loggia.

The next photo is from the inside of Sikes Hall when it served as the Library at Clemson. The cornerstone for the future Sikes Hall was lai…

May 22 Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Fire At Tillman Hall In 1894
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Today’s photos are from May 22, 1894 and show Tillman Hall ablaze. The fire at Tillman broke out in a third floor laboratory, but thanks to the action of the cadets in forming bucket brigades, the exterior walls were saved.

The entire Clemson Library was lost, including books that once belonged to John C. Calhoun and Thomas G. Clemson.

Tillman Hall is not the oldest building on the campus, but it is one of the most recognized building at Clemson. It overlooks Bowman Field. It was dedicated in 1891 and was originally called "The Agricultural Building."

Known as the Main Building for the first half of the twentieth century, it was formally named Tillman Hall in honor of Governor Benjamin Tillman, one of the seven original trustees of Clemson, by the Board of Trustees at their meeting in the first week of July, 1946.

Today, Tillman Hall houses the Eugene T. Moore School of Education, the school of Technology and Human …

Can You Keep A Secret? No, And Neither Can They

By Scott Rhymer
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I’m fascinated by all of this Big 12 and Clemson talk. Partly because getting as far away from the ACC is actually an intriguing concept to me considering the blatant disregard for football the conference has exhibited.

But I am equally fascinated by the suspense and drama that follow those that believe everyone has cards in this game of high stakes poker. And I am even more intrigued with those that believe the leaders that have the cards in their hand could not keep them hidden.

The Clemson Athletic Department has somewhere around 200 employees. Some of which would never get any inside information on any substantial piece of scoop (such as coach firing/hiring, conference expansion, etc.)

Of the percentage that are high enough up the totem poll to possibly know when major news breaks on campus, almost every single one of them can’t keep a secret. Regardless of their intentions or morals, middle level management chirp as often and as lou…

May 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Downtown Clemson In The 1970’s

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Today’s photos are from the 1970's and are of downtown Clemson.

The above photo is a picture high above College Avenue facing Bowman Field. Take a look at all the cars lining College Avenue. Can you remember some of the names of this historic rides?

Many places downtown are no longer in Clemson. The below photo we can see Chanello’s Pizza on the left and the J&E Restaurant. Chanello’s is no longer downtown, but it is still in Clemson near the Bi-Lo on Greenville Highway.


The next photo is of a Clemson icon from the 1970’s, The Book Store bar. The Book Store was a great watering hole in Clemson, prompting many students to call home and ask their parents for some extra money so they could go to the “book store”.

Little did the parents know that this money was not going to any books! You could even get into the Book Store from a back entrance near Clint’s Barber Shop. The Book Store closed in March of 1981 when o…

May 20th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Late-1970’s Tiger Field

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Today’s pictures are from the late 1970’s and show Tiger Field and the atmosphere surrounding a game day.

The above photo shows a game from 1977.  As you can see, the first base stands at that time did not extend past the dugouts and bleachers were used for viewing.  You can also see that cars/trucks were able to pull right up to the 1st base line.

The next photo is from a game against North Carolina in 1977 and the view is towards the left and centerfield area.  In 1977 the Tigers finished fifth in the final Collegiate Baseball poll and
participated in the NCAA College World Series.

1977 is also a year that the Tigers started the season with a 26-game winning streak, the longest winning streak in school history.



The last photo is also from the 1977 season and shows the bat girls ready to go into action as they kneel in from of the WSBF Radio Booth.



(Note: If you have old pictures dating before 1990 that are Clemson related and you would…

May 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Mid-1970’s Tiger Field

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Today’s pictures are from the early 1970’s and show Tiger Field going through some major renovations. In the above picture, you can see the construction of Jervey Athletic Center is taking place.

Jervey was completed in 1973 and was renovated in 1995. Jervey was named in honor of one of Clemson's most beloved sons, Frank Jervey. The 67,000 square foot building once housed offices for all of the coaching and related staffs for the 19 Clemson sports under one roof, a unique feature that places the center among the most modern of its kind anywhere.

Attached to and complementing the administrative-coaching personnel building at Jervey is a two-level, multi-purpose structure of 29,000 square feet. The upper level of this building is where the Jervey Gym is located. This 1,000 seat arena serves as home for Clemson's Volleyball team.

The lower level of the gymnasium houses the strength training room. Clemson's training …

Broadcast Info, Recap, and Preview As Tigers Fall To Wake Forest

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Tiger Baseball Falls For 2nd Day, Look To Salvage Series With A Win Saturday

Tiger Baseball, and the Road To Omaha, continues Thursday as Clemson travels to Wake Forest. The radio broadcast for the game will be provided by WCCP 104.9 FM in Clemson.

You can listen via the radio or stream the audio from http://www.wccpfm.com/. If you do not have access to a computer or radio, you can download the Tune In App (it is free) for your Droid, Blackberry, or IPhone/IPad and choose WCCP 104.9 FM. This will allow you to stream the audio from the game on your smart phone.

Don Munson will give play by play with Bob Mahoney offering color analysis.

Broadcast time for Saturday is 12:30 with first pitch at 1:00.

Brett Armour’s two-run homer in the eighth inning broke a scoreless tie and Wake Forest held on for a 2-1 win over Clemson in front of 1,241 fans at Wake Forest Baseball Park on Friday night. The…

May 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1970’s Tiger Field

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Today we'll take a look at some color photos of Tiger Field's soon after its construction.

Tiger Field was completed in 1970 with heavy input from Coach Bill Wilhelm. It was Wilhelm who had the idea to install the upward-sloping terrace along the outfield fence, which makes Tiger Field unique.

This next photo was taken during the 1972 season, the 3rd season of Tiger Field. Prior to 1970, the Tigers called the Riggs Athletic Complex home for the previous 54 years. Before that Bowman Field was the home for Tiger Baseball, which incidentally was named after R.T.V. Bowman, the Tiger's first baseball coach.


Tiger field opened in 1970 and has a record single-game attendance of 6,480 (set on March 7, 2004, against South Carolina). The Tigers have an .810 winning percentage in games played there all time and are 25-2 in NCAA Tournament games there since the NCAA changed its post-season format in 1999 (with a 39-8 record in NCAA …

Broadcast Info, Recap, and Preview As Tigers Fall To Wake

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Tiger Baseball Falls In Game 1 To Wake Forest

Tiger Baseball, and the Road To Omaha, continues Thursday as Clemson travels to Wake Forest. The radio broadcast for the game will be provided by WCCP 104.9 FM in Clemson.

You can listen via the radio or stream the audio from http://www.wccpfm.com/. If you do not have access to a computer or radio, you can download the Tune In App (it is free) for your Droid, Blackberry, or IPhone/IPad and choose WCCP 104.9 FM. This will allow you to stream the audio from the game on your smart phone.

Don Munson will give play by play with Bob Mahoney offering color analysis.

Broadcast time for Friday is 5:30 with first pitch at 6:00.

Broadcast time for Saturday is 12:30 with first pitch at 1:00.

Wake Forest totaled all five of its runs and all six of its hits in the third and fourth innings and held on for a 5-2 victory over Clemson in front of 648 fans at Wak…