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October 31st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

First Game In Death Valley



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Today’s photo is from September 19th, 1942 and the first game played inside Memorial Stadium. Clemson defeated Presbyterian.

You can notice that the top of the South Stands only extends to where the portals of the South Stands are today. You can also note the wall at the bottom of the South Stands is not painted orange as of yet.

You can’t tell from the picture, but the original seats in Memorial Stadium were wood, not aluminum.

Memorial Stadium was constructed against the wishes of the late and former Clemson Head Coach Jess Neely. Just before leaving for Rice University after the 1939 season, he told Frank Howard, "Don't ever let them talk you into building a big stadium. Put about 10,000 seats behind the YMCA. That's all you'll ever need."

Despite this, the University decided it was time to build a stadium. They chose to build in the valley in the western part of campus. On April 3, 1941, the South Carol…

October 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Fred Cone As Santa in 1948

"Pop, this next play is going to determine whether I am a good coach or a SOB"-Frank Howard


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Today’s picture is from 1948 and of Fred Cone joking around by dressing up as Santa Claus during a practice session in December of 1948 as the Tigers prepare for the Gator Bowl.

Cone is standing inside of Memorial Stadium with the North Stands at his back.

Frank Howard spoke of Cone in his book, Howard The Legend. Below is an excerpt.

When I was about to graduate from high school, all my sisters said, "Brother, get you a job and help momma." Except Hazel. She said, "You go to college and I'll help momma."

In 1947, Hazel called me and said, "Brother, I have you a great football player. But he never has played football." She said his name was Fred Cone. She was sure he'd make a fine player, even though he'd never played the sport.

The main reason for her call is that he just wanted into Clem…

October 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1960's Game Day



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I believe this is a game day at Clemson in 1962. A few clues help narrow down the date, but one major clue that could confirm the actual date.

The clue that I don’t know is the building that is under construction on the left side of the picture. This building is no longer standing, as the Stadium Residence Hall now sits in that location. The Stadium Residence Hall was built in 2002, and the building that sat there prior to 2002 is the building that is under construction in this picture.

If I knew the name of that building under construction, I could probably pin down the actual year of this picture (and maybe even the actual game).

The clues that help narrow down the date are found in various parts of the picture. You can notice the West Stands has been completed in this picture. The date of completion for the West Stands was 1960.

You can also notice the clear contrast of the North Stands above the portals. The original North Stands wa…

October 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Baseball Legend Rusty Adkins

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Today’s photos are of a Clemson baseball legend, Rusty Adkins.

Rusty Adkins is Clemson's only three-time All-American in baseball. He earned All-ACC and All-District honors for the 1965-67 seasons.

Adkins had a 41-game hitting streak over the 1965 and 1966 seasons, an ACC record. In 1965, he hit .444 on the year and did not strike out. He had a three-year career batting average of .379 with a wooden bat. His first and last career hits were both homeruns.

Baseball American named him to the All-College Baseball Team for the 1965-74 era.   Adkins was drafted by the Kansas City Royals and played four years in the minor leagues.


Adkins was later inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame and the South Carolina Hall of Fame in 1995, and then the Clemson Ring of Honor in 1998. He became the inaugural member of the York County Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, as well.

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October 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Bob Bradley and Press Box In 1977

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Today’s photos are from the 1977 football season and are of Bob Bradley inside the Press Box on game day in Clemson. I am also hoping that some of the others in these photos can be identified, so if you know please email me or respond to the post on Facebook.

The above photo is a great shot of Bob working the game (notice his Clemson Alumni ring proudly worn)! I do not know who the gentleman to Bob’s right is.

In the next photo, I am almost certain that the person Bob is talking to below is former Greenville News writer Dan Foster.   I also believe that the young man sitting directly to the right of Bob is his son, Robert.


And finally, on the back row of the picture above are Jerry Arp and Al Adams.

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Notes From Clemson's Win Over Maryland

Clemson vs. Maryland Notes
Team Notes ·Today was the final meeting between Clemson and Maryland as ACC foes.The series ends with Clemson ahead, 34-26-2 ·Clemson won the toss, but deferred for the first time this year.Clemson had gotten the ball to start the game 17 straight games prior to today. ·This is Clemson’s seventh consecutive win away from home, the longest winning streak away from home since a nine game winning streak from 1978-79. ·Clemson is 6-0 under Tajh Boyd in games played on artificial surface. ·Clemson is now 38-3 when leading going into the fourth quarter under Dabo Swinney, 21-0 over the last three years. ·This was Clemson’s 15th consecutive victory by double digits over an unranked opponent, second longest streak in the nation behind Alabama’s 25 game streak (including today). ·Clemson had a player with at least 160 yards rushing and a player with at least 160 yards receiving in the same game for the first time in school history.
Individual Notes ·Tajh Boyd went over the 1…

It Is...Game Day! Tiger Pregame Show Info For Today

It Is...Game Day!



We are excited to kickoff the Clemson Football radio coverage today with the Tiger Pregame Show from 9:30-12:30 on WCCP 104.9 FM. 

We will broadcast the show from Smoke On The Water in downtown Greenville.   

Mark Sturgis will co-host the show and we will give you all of the information you need to break the Clemson/Maryland game down.  Can Clemson recover from the loss to FSU?  What is still left to play for on the season?  We will answer it all today on the show.


Dabo, Chad Morris, Brent Venables, Corey Crawford, Tajh Boyd, and Robert Smith will set the scene for you in this week 8 game for our #9 ranked Tigers.

Participate in the show with questions/comments via Tiger Pregame Show Facebook and Twitter feeds:
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Smoke on the Water opens at 11:30 if you want to join us for the final hour of the show…

October 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Cadets On Highway 93 In 1940’s

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Today’s photos are from the late 1940’s and shows Clemson Cadets crossing what is now Highway 93 in Clemson. This is post-WWII Clemson and optimism around the country was very high as the beginning of the "baby boomer" generation was cranking up.

This photo was taken at the old location of the Methodist Church and Cadets would cross the road on their way to the old Post Office (now Mell Hall). Cadets would get their mail before going to the mess hall to eat.

Below is a photo of the same location taken this past Spring.


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October 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Baseball In 1950’s
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Today’s photos are from the 1950’s and shows a long ago era of Tiger Baseball.

The above photo is of Tiger leftfielder, Larry Wilson, connecting on a pitch against Furman in the early 1950’s. I believe this game was played at Furman, as I do not recognize this as the baseball complex from the 1950’s (which was located where Hoke Sloan Tennis Complex is now).

The next photo is of a very young Coach Bill Wilhelm dressed in a nice suit looking down on Tiger infielder Clayton Lowder, who was struck on the knee by an errant pitch.


The final photo is a classic shot of longtime trainer Herman McGee in the dugout during a trip to Omaha in the late 50s.


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October 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Construction Of North Upper Deck (Part II)

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Today’s photos are Part II and a series of shots during the construction of the North Upper Deck in 1983.

The North Upper Deck height is 13.36 stories and the length is 560 feet. The total cost of the North Upper Deck was $13.5 million.


To illustrate the quality of the investment of the upper deck. The $13.5 million dollar investment is recovered in just 3 years (7 home games per year) in ticket sales. Each game Clemson sells out the North Upper Deck, over $600,000 goes towards Clemson Athletics.

The North Upper Deck is slightly larger than the South Upper Deck. The reason for this is simple. Engineers had more room to build behind the North Upper Deck than they did behind the South Upper Deck (with Cemetery Hill behind the South). This allowed for a slightly higher design, adding a few thousand more seats to the North.


At one time, Clemson promoted Death Valley as having the most sideline seats of any stadium …

October 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

North Upper Deck Construction (Part I)

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Today’s photos are from the 1983 and show the construction of the North Upper Deck in Clemson’s Memorial Stadium.


The North Upper Deck is comprised of 22,500 yards of concrete, 2,200 tons of reinforcing steel, 3,000 tons of asphalt, 5,800 gallons of paint, and 60,000 pounds of aluminum seating

The North Upper Deck height is 13.36 stories and the length is 560 feet. The total cost of the North Upper Deck was $13.5 million.


To illustrate the quality of the investment of the upper deck. The $13.5 million dollar investment is recovered in just 3 years (7 home games per year) in ticket sales. Each game Clemson sells out the North Upper Deck, over $600,000 goes towards Clemson Athletics.

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October 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Cadets At Movies In 1951

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Today’s photos are from 1951 and are of Clemson’s downtown movie theatre at the time.

This group of cadets are lining up to see the popular musical "An American in Paris" staring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. Today, this location is the Tiger Sports Shop on College Avenue.


The movie is a great diversion from classes and the Korean War, which is hovering over the senior cadets at Clemson. During the Korean War, 1,500 Clemson graduates would be deployed and 20 would lose their life.

"An American in Paris" is a 1951 MGM musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guetary, and Nina Foch, the film is set in Paris, and was directed by Vincente Minnelli from a script by Alan Jay Lerner.

The movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Best Musical Score among other awards. Interestingly, Gene Kelly received an Acade…

October 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Aerial Photo Of Clemson Campus In 1950’s

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Today’s photos are from the early 1950’s and shows the Clemson campus from the air and on the ground.

The above photo is a large aerial shot of the campus in the early1950s. You can pin the date of this photograph to within a few years because of two buildings that stand out. Brackett Hall is in this photo above, and Bracket Hall was completed in 1951. The Old Barracks are also in this photo. The Old Barracks were torn down in the summer of 1954.

The next photo is of one of the old smoke stacks for the old boiler room. If you look closely, you can see the back of the 2nd and 3rd Barracks in this photo as well, dating the picture sometime before 1954.

I believe this picture was taken in the summer of 1954 right before the 2nd and 3rd Barracks were demolished.

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It Is...Game Day! Broadcast Notes, Location, and Special Guests

It Is...Game Day!

Update on the Tiger Pregame Show and giveaway info for today's monumental matchup with Florida State!

This is the Most Impactful game in the history of Death Valley.  Period.

And we are excited to kickoff the Clemson radio coverage on Saturday with a 4 hour Tiger Pregame Show from 1:00-5:00 on WCCP 104.9 FM. 

Our new broadcast location is Friar's Tavern in Clemson, just down from the Hoke Sloan Tennis Complex and across the street from Lot 1. 

The Tiger Pre-Game Show at Friar's Tavern is Presented by Crown Royal and there will be a great portable bar set up, games, prizes, and giveaways. You can sample Crown Royal products, win CR prizes and be a part of the biggest pre-game party in Clemson.


In addition, food and drinks from Friar's Tavern are available while you listen to the show…it really is going to be a tailgate atmosphere.

Mark Sturgis is this year’s co-host and we will have special guests on throughout the day, including our College All Start Ga…

October 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Martin’s Drug Store Through The Years

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Today’s photos span over 100 years and show Martin’s Drug Store on College Avenue in Clemson.

These pictures were all from the same location on College Avenue, with the above picture taken in 1911. It is an interesting picture in that they staged the signs being held up by the young men on the front row.

We now fast forward to the 1950’s and you can see the more familiar Martin Drug Store.


The next photo is from the inside of Martin’s Drug Store and is from the 1960’s. Students were often found in Martin’s getting everything from medicine to magazines, to Valentine’s gifts for their sweethearts.


The final photo was taken 5 years ago in the location that Martin’s Drug Store was located for over 100 years.


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October 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson YMCA (Part II)

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Today’s photos are from the Clemson YMCA, originally located in Holtzendorff Hall.

The building was the first on the campus financed by private donations, most of which was a gift from John D. Rockefeller. It was designed by Rudolph E. Lee, a member of the first graduating class at Clemson (1896) and the dean of the Department of Architecture at the time the building was constructed (1916).


The building is named for Preston B. Holtzendorff, Jr. (known as "Mr. Holtzy") who arrived as assistant secretary of the "Y" in 1916 and soon became general secretary. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The newly completed Y. M. C. A. Building opened for the first time on Friday, January 7, 1916.

"There were no formal exercises. It had been previously announced that the doors would be opened at four-thirty that afternoon. At the appointed time quite a crowd had gathered. They were met and shown…

Broadcast Notes, Including New Location, For Tiger Pregame Show On Saturday

Update on the Tiger Pregame Show and giveaway info for Saturday's monumental matchup with Florida State!

This is the Most Impactful game in the history of Death Valley.  Period.

And we are excited to kickoff the Clemson radio coverage on Saturday with a 4 hour Tiger Pregame Show from 1:00-5:00 on WCCP 104.9 FM. 

Our new broadcast location is Friar's Tavern in Clemson, just down from the Hoke Sloan Tennis Complex and across the street from Lot 1. 
The Tiger Pre-Game Show at Friar's Tavern is Presented by Crown Royal and there will be a great portable bar set up, games, prizes, and giveaways. You can sample Crown Royal products, win CR prizes and be a part of the biggest pre-game party in Clemson.

In addition, food and drinks from Friar's Tavern are available while you listen to the show…it really is going to be a tailgate atmosphere.

Mark Sturgis is this year’s co-host and we will have special guests on throughout the day, including our College All Start Game Clemson &qu…

October 17th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson YMCA (Part I)

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Today’s photos are from the Clemson YMCA, originally located in Holtzendorff Hall. Below is an excerpt from a publication distributed by the Clemson YMCA in 1928:

“The Clemson YMCA was organized in 1895. The building was completed in 1915 and opened the first of January 1916. The cost was $78,000 completely furnished. State tax $1,337.75 through March 21, 1928 has been paid.

The swimming pool is a thing of interest and value in developing men physically. Men need to know how to swim and, too, there is probably no better exercise. Such an accommodation is found in the swimming pool of the YMCA. The pool is always filled with good water and is kept in good condition.

During the winter the water is heated to a comfortable temperature so that those who enjoy this sport need not wait for a good swim. Special hours have been arranged for children and ladies on the campus, and cadets use the pool at other times.

The swimming team uses the…

October 16th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

“Uncle Bill” Greenlee

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Today’s photos are from the 1920’s and are of “Uncle Bill” Greenlee driving a wagon full of Clemson dignitaries.

"Uncle Bill" as most people knew him was the last person alive to have known Thomas Green Clemson. Greenlee lived to the age of 104. He was a common sight in and around Clemson for years hauling almost anybody and anything.

For those who need a reference as to where the photo above was taken, Dan's (and later TDs) would later be located in the cafĂ© in the background.

Bill Greenlee (1870 - 1972) was a former servant of Thomas Green Clemson who continued to be a local personality and character until his death in 1972.

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October 15th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1964 Construction of Cooper Library (Part II)

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Today’s photos are Part II from 1964 and show the construction of the Robert Muldrow Cooper Library.

In 1959 the Clemson Board of Trustees decided that Clemson University needed a new library to replace the old library located in the former Agricultural Hall.


The Library faces the Reflection pond. Outside Cooper Library, a large, elevated walkway, known as the Library Bridge, serves as a venue for student groups to sell items for fundraisers, advertise upcoming events and raise awareness for various social causes. The Bridge is also the site for the annual Clemson Rave.

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October 14th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1964 Construction of Cooper Library (Part I)
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Today’s photos are from 1964 and show the construction of the Robert Muldrow Cooper Library.

In 1959 the Clemson Board of Trustees decided that Clemson University needed a new library to replace the old library located in the former Agricultural Hall.

Groundbreaking took place in August 1964, and the library was officially opened by the end of August 1966, just in time for the start of that fall's classes.

The Library was originally designed for only 4 levels, expandable as needed. In 1972 the ground floor was opened for more room, and in 1978 Level 6 was added. The reinforced concrete building was designed by the architectural and engineering firm of Lyles, Bissett, Carlisle, and Wolff.

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October 13th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Season Opener In Death Valley, 1949

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Today’s photos are from September 17th, 1949 at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium. The Tigers were hosting Presbyterian, and would go on to win the game 69-7.

The Tigers were embarking on the 1949 season where we would finish 4-4-2 with a 2-2 record in the Southern Conference. Leading the Tigers on the field in 1949 was the legendary Fred Cone. This photo was taken from the South Stands facing towards the North Stands.

Notice the old white scoreboard in the west endzone. You can also note that there is no seating in the west endzone during this era. You can also see the prefab housing area that is located in the top left of the picture (where Littlejohn Coliseum now sits).

I also chuckle a bit when I see this picture because it appears several cars literally pulled up to the bank on the northwest endzone area and parked before heading into the game! You can also note that the North Stands had not gone through its expansion i…

Game Notes: Tigers Down Boston College

Clemson vs. Boston College Notes


Team Notes ·Clemson has now won three straight against Boston College and five of the last six against the Eagles. ·The Tigers have now won 11 straight ACC games. That is the longest such streak since Clemson won 20 straight against ACC foes from 1981-84. ·Clemson’s defense held the nation’s leading rusher in Andre Williams to just 70 yards rushing and a 2.9 average on yards per carry. He entered the game averaging 153.6 rushing yards per game and 5.8 yards per carry. ·Clemson has now won 14 straight games by double-digit points over unranked teams. ·Clemson has now held its opponent to 14 points or less in five straight games. That is the longest such streak since the Tigers did it in six straight games from the end of 1989 to the first game of 1990. ·Clemson now has three defensive touchdowns on the season. That is the most since 2006 when the Tigers recorded four defensive touchdowns. ·Head Coach Dabo Swinney is now 18-2 in home ACC games in his five se…