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Saturday, December 31, 2016

December 31st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Old Memorial Bridge, Then and Now 


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Today’s photos are of the old "Memorial Bridge" that was a familiar landmark for years around the Clemson area until lake Hartwell was built. You can see Tillman Hall in the below right of the picture. 

The lake was created in 1963 when the Hartwell Dam was built on the Savannah River Basin seven miles below the point at which the Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers join to form the Savannah. 

The Memorial Bridge, before the flooding of the lake, was the method of transportation over the river. Here you can see the inscription on the bridge. 


This picture and graphic shows the location of the bridge along the old road (Highway 123). 


Back in 2008 when the lake hit record levels of drought, the Memorial Bridge once again saw the light of day. Here is a picture of the remains of the bridge during that drought. 


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Friday, December 30, 2016

December 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Downtown Clemson In 1950’s


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Today’s photo is of downtown Clemson in the late 1950’s facing towards campus and Tillman Hall.

We can date the photo to sometime around 1959 because of the movie that is playing in the Clemson Movie House in the photo.

The Hanging Tree is a 1959 movie directed by Delmer Daves. Karl Malden took over directing duties for several days when Daves fell ill. The film stars Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, George C. Scott and Malden and is set in the gold fields of Montana during the gold rush of the 1860s and 1870s.

You can also notice a long gone gas station in the right side of the photo, Sinclair Oil Corporation.

Sinclair Oil Corporation is an American petroleum corporation, founded by Harry F. Sinclair on May 1, 1916, as the Sinclair Oil and Refining Corporation by combining the assets of 11 small petroleum companies. Originally a New York corporation, Sinclair Oil reincorporated in Wyoming in 1976.

The corporation's logo features the silhouette of a large green dinosaur.


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Thursday, December 29, 2016

December 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Memorial Stadium In 1950’s


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Today’s photo is of Memorial Stadium in the late 1950’s facing east.

You can notice that this picture was taken after the original Press Box was built (this one is actually bigger than the original Press Box).

You can also note that the wooden bleachers are still being used. Those wooden bleachers would be replaced by aluminum in 1972.

This picture was taken after the expansion of Memorial Stadium in 1958, which helps me pin the date of the photo to 1959 or 1960.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

December 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

John Heisman At Clemson

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The above photo is of John Heisman’s last team at Clemson. Unfortunately, Heisman is not in the photo.

Most Tiger fans know that John Heisman coached here, but few really knew much about him. I've often heard that the reason Georgia Tech hired him away from us was because he kept beating them on the field.

Well, I think that's part of it, but not the whole story. Heisman was a masterful strategist both on and off the field. Consider the following true story that Joe Sherman tells. Joe Sherman tell this classic Heisman story:

Over two score years ago, fascinated by the reports of this man, I uncovered a story about him that is to me the all-time classic of Clemson football. The story made the Associated Press feature wires and just may have been the first Clemson story to be printed in detail from coast to coast.

The season was 1903 and if you think betting on football is a johnny-come-lately pastime, you're wrong. Heisman was unconcerned with the betting, of course, but he had every intention of winning the upcoming game with Georgia Tech. The betting is a sidelight of the yarn.

Recall, now, that this was the third year of Heisman-coached Clemson powerhouses. When the Clemson team arrived in Atlanta the afternoon before the game, Tech fans were stunned by the scrawny, anything-but-tough physical appearances of the Tiger players. Tech supporters were pop-eyed when the Clemson players checked into their rooming houses and immediately started dispersing to all of the Atlanta nightspots for a real country come-to-town festival.


After a while Tech folks began helping the Tigers enjoy the occasion by buying them mugs of beer, providing them with dancing partners and generally helping them make a big evening of it.

Meanwhile, those Tech supporters, positive that nobody could live it up like that and play football the next day, placed bets on Tech as fast as they could find suckers, local or foreign.

I have never read a detailed account of the game, so I know not who did what or how brilliantly. But the score is a matter of record. It was: Clemson 44, Georgia Tech 5.

The wily Heisman had rounded up a bevy of willing cadets and shipped them into Atlanta to enjoy themselves-"but be sure to enjoy yourself so the Tech team can't help but hear about it."

Meanwhile, he quartered his real Tigers at the railroad stop of Lula, Georgia, a few miles north of Atlanta, and took them into town on game day, as fresh as the dew "where the Blue Ridge yawns its greatness."

Joe's story above has a bit of inconstancy, the 1903 score was 73-0, but be it 1903 or 1902, Heisman clearly impressed the folks in Atlanta. So much so, that they hired him in 1904.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

December 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Military College Mess Hall-Part II



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Today I'll continue to combine a chapter of Frank Mellette's book on the Mess Hall along with some old photos. From Frank Mellette's book:

The gravy which was usually made from flour and water tasted terrible and was called "bull juice." I never was able to eat it on anything and instead used catsup on rice or anything else that I ate that might have called for gravy. I must have eaten a barrel of catsup while I was at Clemson.

Various other food items went by nicknames, Coffee was called "Java" which I think is standard about everywhere. Milk was called "cow juice." Eggs were called "hen fruit." I guess that they were all from cold storage because they always had a strong smell and required an extra large amount of catsup.

Syrup was called "zip" or "cylinder oil" and I can't tell you where those names came from. The syrup was good enough that you could usually fill out the meal with it on bread if the other food was not to your liking.

Most dessert was called "sweet stuff." Once a week, ice cream would be served. After the regular meal was over, each cadet at a table got one dip while the waiters received two. I learned from somebody to put syrup on my ice cream which made it go a little further and was actually pretty good.

We always had some sort of dessert for lunch. Often dessert would be pineapple pie, which seemed to be one of the specialties of the baking department. It was very good. Occasionally they would have cream puffs but the slang name for those is too rough, even for this book.

Catsup was called "red stuff." Since the waiters ate ahead of the rest of the cadets, they were able to go back to the kitchen with the empty bowls or pitchers for "seconds," if any were left. With most of the staples, there was usually some more if it was needed.

However, with things like the desserts, meats and milk, one serving was usually all that a table could get. Again, it was not fancy food but the food was nutritious and there was enough to get along on very well.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Tiger Pregame Show To Broadcast With Arizona Clemson Club At SALT In Glendale!



The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans since 2003, will broadcast its 184th consecutive show in Glendale, Arizona prior to the College Football Playoff Semifinal between Clemson and Ohio State!

Scott Rhymer and The Tiger Pregame Show will join with the Arizona Clemson Club to broadcast from the Rally In The Valley Pregame Event, hosted at SALT Restaurant and Bar in the Westgate Entertainment District "in the shadows" of University of Phoenix Stadium, where the game will take place.  



Broadcast Time for the Tiger Pregame Show is 2:00-4:00 (Eastern Time) and 12:00-2:00 (Arizona Time) with the doors opening to SALT at 11:00 a.m. (Arizona Time).  

Note that The Tiger Pregame Show will only broadcast a 2 hour Pregame Show due to Clemson Men's Basketball vs. Wake Forest, beginning at 12:00 noon Eastern.

The Arizona Clemson Club Event will officially begin at 11:00 (Arizona Time) and there is a $10 Cover Charge to enter.  Proceeds go to the Arizona Clemson Club Scholarship.

If you are in the upstate of South Carolina on game day, you can listen via WCCP 105.5 FM The Roar.  If you are in Arizona, or anywhere in the world, you can listen via wccpfm.com or via the Tune In App (it is a free App!) by choosing 105.5 The Roar.

Kelly Gramlich has been with The Tiger Pregame Show this year in addition to her co-host role on Out Of Bounds daily on WCCP 105.5 FM.  Gramlich lettered in basketball at Clemson and has remained an integral  part of the Athletic Department, writing for the Orange and White.

Bring your $2 bills and let's paint Glendale orange at SALT!  Last year for the National Championship Game, SALT was a great location to mingle with Clemson fans, hear Tiger Rag every 30 minutes, and plenty of Cadence Count Cheers echoing through the venue!


Multiple televisions are located throughout SALT, so Tiger fans will be able to watch Clemson basketball vs. Wake Forest as well as the other National Semifinal game, Alabama vs. Washington.


Salt is located in the Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, Arizona and is only a five minute walk to the Stadium.  There are multiple places to eat, shot for Playoff Gear, and join Tigers fans to get ready for the game all in the Westgate Entertainment District.  And the best news is, you can leave and easily walk into the stadium after the pregame party!

Information about Salt can be found at the below link:  http://www.saltglendale.com/


The Tiger Pregame Show will air from 2:00-4:00 Eastern on Saturday and we will offer in-depth analysis of the match up, focusing on X’s and O’s of what fans should expect to see on the field during the game. 


You can keep up with all information related to the Tiger Pregame Show by liking the page on Facebook and following via Twitter. You can also stay tuned to The Tiger Pregame Show Blog, WCCP 105.5 FM, and at wccpfm.com for updates on the show. 

For additional information about all of the Alumni Association's events for the National Championship, go the Arizona Clemson Club Facebook Page.


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December 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Military College Mess Hall



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Today I'll combine a chapter of Frank Mellette's book on the Mess Hall along with some old photos in a two part series (continued tomorrow).

From Frank Mellette's book:

I will have to say this very insistently; being in the Clemson Mess Hall was a unique experience. The captain of the company would march his company in and we would sit down when he gave the command, "Seats."

We were assigned a place at a certain table and we kept it and ate there at every meal until another reassignment was made. This happened two or three times a year to take up the slack for the boys who had left college since the last seating time. There would always be a new seating arrangement as soon as the first semester was over, when quite a few boys decided that they had had enough of Clemson.

The tables held eight boys, three on each side and one at each end. Usually, there would be a senior at the head of each table. There would always be a freshman in the middle seat on each side, to be sure that there was some one there to help pass the food.

After grace had been said by the adjutant, everybody dug in like this was going to be his last meal. The food was plentiful even though it was not of the highest quality sometimes.

You could always expect grits for breakfast and rice for the midday meal. The rice was good and it appeared to be one of the specialties of the kitchen. It was never sticky and we could always separate every grain with our fork.

There were always two pitchers on the tables at breakfast and supper, one for water and one for coffee. The coffee pitcher already had the milk added. However, if the majority of the cadets at a table wanted black coffee, the student waiter would bring it black.

At lunch, there would be pitchers of milk and water, with just enough milk in the pitcher so that each of the eight cadets who sat at the table could get one glass each.

About once a week, we would get chocolate instead of regular milk at lunch.

The language at the tables was something to listen to. We never asked another cadet to "pass" anything. We always said to "shoot" whatever it was that he wanted. An example of this would be for us to say, "shoot the bread."

The food had some rather strange names but as soon as we had been there for a short while, we learned to recognize whatever was called for. Practically all meat went by the name of "bull." One of the few exceptions to this rule was mutton, which went by the name of "goat." That was on the menu occasionally. I had never eaten any previously, and did not know what it was. However, I quickly learned.

Some boy hollered "baaa," when he walked in the mess hall and it was immediately taken up by several others.

Continued tomorrow….

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

December 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Cadets On Bowman Field In 1930's


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Today's photo is a wide look at Bowman Field facing Sikes Hall. The photo was taken sometime around 1931 or maybe earlier.

In 1931, the enrollment at Clemson at was only 1,247; which would mean this might be the entire college on parade.

Although Clemson became a coeducational civilian institution in 1955, it still maintains an active military presence. The university is home to detachments for U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) as well as a host school for the U.S. Marine Corps PLC program adjacent to the Semper Fi Society.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

December 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Cadets On Bowman Field In 1950’s


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Today’s photo was taken in the early 1950’s…just a few years before Clemson would become a coeducational civilian institution. Here, cadets are lined up on Bowman Field going through an inspection.

Although Clemson became a coeducational civilian institution in 1955, it still maintains an active military presence. The university is home to detachments for U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) as well as a host school for the U.S. Marine Corps PLC program adjacent to the Semper Fi Society.

The following organizations are present among the military personnel at Clemson: Company C-4 Pershing Rifles, K-7 Scabbard and Blade, Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr. Squadron Arnold Air Society, Major Dennis H. Satler Chapter Silver Wings, and the Clemson Rangers. The C-4 Pershing Rifles have won the national society's drill meet eight times: 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011.

Company C-4 also performs colorguards, twenty-one-gun salutes, exhibition-drill performances, and POW/MIA ceremonies. Company C-4 performs colorguard performance at the university's home football games.

Clemson’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 770 "Flyin' Tigers" was selected as the #1 "medium-sized" Air Force ROTC detachment in the nation for 2006 (the "High Flight" and "Right of Line" awards), #1 Detachment in the "Southeast" in 2006 ("medium-sized") and 2007 ("large-sized"), and #1 in the state of South Carolina three consecutive years (2005, 2006 and 2007).

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Friday, December 23, 2016

December 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Snowstorm Time Exposure 1940’s


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Today's photo is from the late 1940’s, apparently just after a huge snowstorm in the Clemson area.

Somebody braved the elements to venture on this early evening out on Bowman Field to take this time exposure.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

December 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Country Gentleman

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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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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

December 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tigers Win In Blacksburg 1977

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Today’s photo is from the sideline of a rainy and muddy day in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Clemson would drill the Hokies on this day, winning 31-13 under the direction of Charlie Pell.

This is the same Clemson team that would go into Columbia and win on the infamous “Catch” by Jerry Butler from Steve Fuller.

Interesting to see the evolution of Lane Stadium compared to this picture with no endzone seating.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

December 20th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

“Old Green Tom” Part IV of IV


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Today’s photos continue a collection of the statue of Thomas Green Clemson, which sits in front of Tillman Hall, better known as "Old Green Tom."

The above photo shows how popular “Old Green Tom” can be with the cheerleaders! It’s a great photo-op for both groups!

Sometimes, “Old Green Tom” wants to relive some of his younger days by getting a football in his hand.


“Old Green Tom” always look a little better when a co-ed is draped in his arms.


I hope this 4 part series has brought back some good memories…and good moments…from a great Clemson tradition.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

December 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

“Old Green Tom” Part III of IV


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Today’s photos continue a collection of the statue of Thomas Green Clemson, which sits in front of Tillman Hall, better known as "Old Green Tom."

The above photo is one of Tom with a beer can at the ready.

There has been more than one occasion that “Old Green Tom” has been decorated by students to fit the mood of a holiday!


Prior to a big game, “Old Green Tom” will sometime get a bit of “orange war paint” to be ready for battle!

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

December 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

“Old Green Tom” Part II of III


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Today’s photos continue a collection of the statue of Thomas Green Clemson, which sits in front of Tillman Hall, better known as "Old Green Tom."

The above photo is one of Tom being the center of attention with some high profile people of Clemson.

Sometimes, we do not protect Old Green Tom as well as we should. Or, rather, maybe the lack of respect from human beings sometimes rears its ugly head.

Sometime Old Green Tom is moved around so he can be “touched up” to look a bit nicer.


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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Arizona Clemson Club Events For Phoenix!

The Tiger Pregame Show will join the Arizona Clemson Club, the Clemson Alumni Association, and IPTAY to paint Phoenix Orange for the College Football Playoff National Semifinal game vs. Ohio State!

If you are going to Phoenix and want to join fellow Clemson fans for your pregame activities all throughout the weekend, the Arizona Clemson Club has your “must do” list!

Friday, December 30th

Get your College Football Playoff weekend off to a great start, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in “The District” section of Old Town Scottsdale.  

This will be the epicenter of all things Orange with Majerle’s Sports Grill and District Burger Bar as the host locations.

Our Clemson Family loves to gather, so as these spaces fill with Orange, this area offers many choices for restaurants and nightlife to enjoy. So wear your Orange and bring your Tiger $2 bills! 

Majerle's Sports Grill in Old Town Scottsdale is located at 4425 N. Saddlebag Trail Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

Saturday, December 31st

Game Days are always Solid Orange! Join The Tiger Pregame Show, Clemson Alumni, and Tiger fans from around the country at the Game-Day Tailgate party hosted at SALT at the Entertainment District in the “Shadows Of Phoenix Stadium”! 

SALT is located at 6751 N Sunset Blvd, Glendale, AZ 85305 in the Westgate Entertainment District - conveniently located on the northeast corner of the Loop 101 & Glendale Avenue.  

The Tiger Pregame Show was at SALT last year for our broadcast before the National Championship game and the entire area was full of Clemson Orange!    

SALT is a modern Mexican restaurant with Latin influences.  From lobster tacos and chorizo cornbread, to carne asada, there is something for everyone.    

Additional event seating will be held at Whiskey Rose which is adjacent to SALT.   
Whiskey Rose is a down home cooking restaurant with a modern Western saloon theme.  From house smoked brisket to pulled pork to delicious burgers, Whiskey Rose does meat right!

Doors open at 11:00 and there is a $10 cover charge which includes entry at both locations, 
The Tiger Pregame Show will broadcast from 12:00-2:00 (Arizona Time) on the balcony of SALT, and a Live DJ will spin the tunes leading up to game time. 

Great drink and food specials will be available all day as you get ready for the Clemson/Ohio State game!

Win a chance at fantastic Clemson prizes through the Arizona Clemson Club raffle.   A portion of the cover and all raffles will go to the Arizona Clemson Club Scholarship which provides financial assistance to Clemson students residing in Arizona. 

More info will be released as we get closer to game time.

Join The Tiger Pregame Show and the Arizona Clemson Club to paint Arizona Orange as the Tigers and the Buckeyes play for a chance to advance.

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