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Sunday, June 23, 2013

June 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Country Gentleman

(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photos are of the Country Gentleman at Clemson. The Country Gentleman is a historical Clemson mascot who was played by a cadet at sporting matches from 1939 into the 1970s.

A top-hatted character in a purple tail coat, with a cane, he represented the Southern hospitality and class of the Clemson student, epitomized by the phrase, "a Clemson man needs no introduction." (Still a popular sticker available at Judge Keller's Store, portraying a Tiger bowing and tipping his tophat).

The concept developed in 1939 from the Greenville News sports writer Carter "Scoop " Latimer's referring to Clemson as the "Country Gentlemen." (It was also Latimer who dubbed baseball player Joseph Jefferson Jackson "Shoeless Joe", in 1908.)

The Country Gentleman was retired after the 1972 season, in the same era in which the playing of "Dixie" and display of the Confederate naval jack at games was discontinued.

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