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Friday, February 24, 2017

February 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Baseball From 1979 (Part IV)


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Today’s photos are from the 1979 baseball season and are the final installment in the 4-part series.

The 1979 team would produce nine players that would be drafted in the Major League Draft that June. Mike Sullivan (P), Tim Teufel (2B), Brian Snyder (P), Bill Schroeder (C), Tony Masone (OF), Len Bradley (P), David Buffamoyer (C), Todd Freeman (3B), and Pete Khoury (Of) were all drafted in June of 1979.


Mike Sullivan was taken in the first round of the Major League Draft by the Cincinnati Reds. Tim Teufel was a third round pick of the Chicago White Sox.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

February 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Baseball From 1979 (Part III)


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Today’s photos are from the 1979 baseball season and is Part III of IV photo selections from the 1979 baseball season that I will post over the next 4 days.

You can notice in the photo above that the stands along the 3rd base line below Jervey Athletic Center are now complete and filled up for this game against the Gamecocks. Construction had just been completed on Jervey in 1973 along with the stands for Tiger Field along the 3rd base line .


Clemson would finish the 1979 season 40-15 overall, first in the ACC, and 9th in the final baseball polls. The Tigers would be eliminated from the Regional in Coral Gables, Florida with a loss to the Miami Hurricanes.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

February 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Baseball From 1979 (Part II)


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Today’s photos are from the 1979 baseball season and is Part II of IV photo selections from the 1979 baseball season that I will post over the next 4 days.

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.

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 Tournament games all time).

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Baseball From 1979 (Part I of IV)


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Today’s photos are from the 1979 baseball season and is Part I of IV photo selections from the 1979 baseball season that I will post over the next 4 days.

The above photo is of former Tiger Tim Teufel as he heads toward 1st Base in a game against South Carolina. The Tigers would go on to win 1-0, thanks to a great pitching performance from left-handed pitcher Brian Snyder. Synder would pitch a no hitter until the 8th inning when the Gamecocks got their one and only hit of the game.

The below photo is of catcher Dave Buffamoyer scrambling for a loose ball during a game in that same series with the South Carolina Gamecocks.


The date of this game is either April 14th or April 15th in 1979. The Tigers won both games against the Gamecocks during this two game home stand (1-0 and 6-3).

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Monday, February 20, 2017

February 20th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1954 Touchdown Vs. The Citadel


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Today’s photos are from 1954 and shows a Clemson touchdown in Death Valley with the West Endzone in the background.

During the 1954 Citadel game in Death Valley, Clemson crushed the Bulldogs 59-0. The Citadel is known for their military discipline, but even that discipline can break down when you are getting beat badly. Notice the Citadel player (in the white helmet) at the lower left of the photo as we score another touchdown.

I also love this picture because of the great parking that you see in the background at the West Endzone!

The below photo shows Clemson fans and their Rat Hats enjoying the game from the stands.


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Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Night Games In 1950’s

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Today’s photos are from the 1950’s and shows the Tiger football team playing at night.

The above photo is from the 1955 home game against Presbyterian, the first home night football game in Clemson football history. Clemson would go on to an easy win over the Blue Hose, 33-0.

During the 1959 season the Tigers traveled to Houston to take on Jess Neely's Rice team. Below we see Doug Daigneault powering against the Rice defense as the Tigers would go on to win 19-0.


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

February 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of the Day

Downtown Clemson In 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 vehicles?

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 owner Manning Garren died.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

February 17th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Baseball In 1977


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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.


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 16th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Baseball In 1973


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Today’s photo is from the 1973 season and now shows the contrast between the construction of Jervey Athletic Center (yesterday’s Historic Picture Of The Day) and the completed Jervey.

You can see that this picture predates any stands down the 3rd base line at Tiger Field. Fans would bring their lawn chairs and situate themselves along the fence line to watch the game.

The grassy hill that lead up to Jervey Athletic Center also served as “stands” during big games with overflow crowds in the 1970’s.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February 15th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Baseball In 1973 And Jervey Construction


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Today’s photos 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.

The construction of Jervey backed up right onto Tiger Field and the playing surface in 1973. I would imagine that there might have been hammers banging and saws sawing during some of the games that year.

This next photo is also from 1973 and shows additional construction at Tiger Field. What is interesting about this picture is that you can see the top of the South Stands between the Jervey construction.  This was obviously before the South Upper Deck was built.


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February 14th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Baseball On Tiger Field In 1972


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Today’s photos are from the Spring of 1972 and show the humble beginnings of Tiger Field.

Tiger Field was completed in 1970 with the input of Coach Bill Wilhelm. It was also Wilhelm who had the idea to install the upward-sloping terrace along the outfield fence, which makes Tiger Field one of the most unique college baseball venues in the Nation.

The next photo is also from the 1972 season, when Tiger Field was in its third season.


Prior to 1970, Clemson Baseball played games at the Riggs Athletic Complex during a span of 54 years. Prior to 1916, Clemson played baseball on Bowman Field, which incidentally was named after R.T.V. Bowman, the first baseball coach at Clemson.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

February 13th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Baseball On Bowman Field


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Today’s photo is from 1910 and of a baseball game being played on Bowman Field with Tillman Hall in the background.

You can see how dynamic 1910 was based on the “vehicles” that have driven to the game. You have horse and buggy parked directly beside a Ford Model T.

The Model T Ford was built from 1908 until 1927 with only minor changes over those years. Over 15 million were built. It put America on wheels. The touring car cost $950 in 1910, but by 1926/1927, the price was only $290, made possible by Ford's introduction of the moving assembly line to achieve mass production.

In 1910, Joe Holland was in his first year as the Tiger Baseball coach. The Tigers went 10-11 during that season.

You can see in the picture that the Clemson Cadets are lined in the bleachers with the rest of the fans literally driving up to Bowman Field to watch the game right out of their tailgate.

Here is the picture at the start of the this blog right above a current picture taken from almost the same location last Spring.


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

February 12th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Intramurals In Death Valley During 1950’s


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Today’s photo is from 1958 and shows some Clemson students enjoying intramurals on the Memorial Stadium field inside of Death Valley.

In 1958 intramurals were played on the field inside of Death Valley. You can see the very looking West Endzone in the background of the picture.

The only things in the West Endzone in 1958 were the scoreboard and dressing rooms. The West Endzone Stands would be built just two years later in 1960.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

February 11th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Late 1950’s Death Valley

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Today’s photos are from the late 1950’s and show Death Valley with full pageantry from that era.

The above photo is from the 1958 Virginia game in Death Valley on September 20th. What I love most about this picture is the Tiger mascot in the right side of the photo. It is quite amazing to see the evolution of the Tiger from 1958 to today. In fact, today’s Tiger is very similar to the Tiger of the late 1970’s. Therefore, this version of the Tiger was only 20 years away from the “modern” Tiger we recognize today.

I also enjoy seeing those 1950’s cheerleading uniforms. It feels like I have been transformed back to a “sock-hop”!

The next photo is of the 1958 Furman game in Death Valley as the Tigers score another touchdown en route to a 36-19 win before a crowd of 20,000.


The Furman game was the last home game of the 1958 season, played on November 29th. The Tigers would go 8-3 overall in 1958, including a 5-1 conference record that was good enough for an ACC Championship.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

February 10th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Football In 1960’s


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Today’s photo is from a sparsely attended football game in Death Valley from the 1960’s.

In 1960, The West Stands were used for the first time, as Clemson defeated Virginia, 13-7.

Later that year, Clemson defeated Virginia 21-7 and used special pants for rain protection in this game. After the contest Clemson sent the pants to Greenville and allowed Furman to use the pants for a game that night against William and Mary. Furman Head Coach Bob King said, "after those big Clemson boys got out of them some of our guys had a hard time making them stay up and we had to tape the legs of the pants for several players."

The pants beat two teams from Virginia on the same day.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

February 9th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Student’s Climbing Pole


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Today’s photos are from the 1960’s and shows some Clemson students climbing a pole inside of Memorial Stadium. As sporting pursuits both pole and mast climbing may have begun as either martial exercises or physical training related to the invention and development of sailing ships, with the attendant requirements of scaling high masts.

Johann Friedrich GutsMuths (1759–1839) wrote the following in the late 18th century, in one of the first textbooks of "modern" gymnastics : "The climbing of the mast is far more challenging [than pole climbing], for the surface is smooth and the hands cannot go around it. Here, it is most necessary to have performed well on elementary exercises [gripping with legs and thighs]. This activity is known, by the way, in several areas of Germany and Europe as an amusement for the general public. A few weeks ago one of my pupils climbed a tree trunk 50 feet (15 m) high. With nonchalance, he held on to the tree with one hand, tore off some leaves and flowers with the other, and fearlessly scattered them, looking down on his ascent. On such tree trunks one must not climb too high because of vertigo; if one loses his composure, he can slide down the tree, rather than fall."

I think most young people in the 1960’s did it for fun…not for exercise!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February 8th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Track Meet In 1960’s


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Today’s photos are from the 1960’s and shows a sport at Clemson that we don’t talk much about on this blog: Track.

The Track team was based on Riggs Field in the 1960’s, and the above photo clearly shows the student-athletes running on the track at Riggs. You can see Wannamaker Hall in the background of the picture.

In the next photo, you can see the runners away from Riggs Field. In the background, you can see the prefab housing complex, so I believe the runners in the picture are running where Littlejohn Coliseum sits today.


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February 7th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Godfrey Hall Through The Years


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Today’s photos are a compilation of Godfrey Hall, otherwise known as the “old textile building”.

Godfrey Hall was the home of the Textile Department at Clemson until the completion of Sirrine Hall in 1938. Godfrey Hall also served as a dressing room for the football team during the years they played on Bowman and Riggs fields until Fike Field House was built. And, interesting, the top floor of Godfrey Hall was used as an overflow ward for the college hospital.

Godfrey Hall was built in 1898 and the photo below shows the construction of the building in 1898 as cadets assembled around the construction site. This construction was considered the birth of the textile movement at Clemson and was considered a significant moment in the state of South Carolina. Many students in the 1920’s and 1930’s took all of their textile courses in Godfrey Hall.

Most would tell you that the “heyday” of textiles in South Carolina was during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Almost all of the leaders of that era of Textile significance in this state took classes at Godfrey Hall in the 1930’s.

The photo below shows the Phi Psi Textile Fraternity taken just outside of Godfrey Hall, including the father of Alan Cutts (the gentleman that has donated so many of these pictures to me).


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Monday, February 6, 2017

February 6th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Bengal Ball In 1980’s


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Today’s photos are from a long ago tradition at Clemson called Bengal Ball.

Bengal Ball was a University Union sponsored event held each April at the Y Beach across Lake Hartwell beginning in 1973. Advertised in some years as a "celebration of the sun", it was essentially the Gamma Delta Iota (alter ego of the Greeks) counterpart of Greek Week and Dixie Day held in mid-April by the fraternities and sororities of Clemson.

For a fixed price of admission, some four thousand students would gather on the beach to hear live music, throw disc, and partake of food and cold beverages. Regional acts performed on a flatbed trailer stage on the shore of the lake. Other events included the naming of a King and Queen of the festival, voted by acclamation. In many years, the Dixie Skydivers would jump in.


Beer distributors would call in all their available tap trucks from the Upstate in order to quench the thirst of the merry crowd. A minor flap occurs in 1978 when the official tee-shirt logo stating "I was Bengal Balled" is deemed too risque for the Union to sell, being replaced by tamer version that reads "Bengal Ball '78". The three hundred shirt run of the original design are sold on the black market anyway, and prove a highly sought-after commodity.

In 1982, Bengal Ball was hit with a heavy thunderstorm in mid-event, but generally good weather favored the annual party.

Bengal Ball was discontinued sometime in the late 1980's, as national attitudes about appropriate student entertainment involving what were essentially beer busts shifted towards "Just say no".

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

February 5th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1980’s Campus Life


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Today’s photos are from the 1980’s and show a variety of activities that took place on campus during that era. Graduates of Clemson in the mid 1980’s are entering their late 40’s and early 50’s in age today.

The above photo shows a nasty Clemson defense getting a sack in the 1983 game against Western Carolina. That's Jim Scott (67), William Perry (66) and Edgar Pickett (42) making the play. Notice the Pony shoes…a trademark of Clemson football teams in that era.

The next photo shows the sideline during a game and several media members and their equipment. Look how bulky that equipment was during that era!

On campus, computers were just starting to come into the mainstream. The battle in personal computing was dominated by Apple and IBM, but most students’ first experience with a PC was with the VIC-20, Commodore 64, TRS-80, and the Sinclair ZX-81. Below are some students at a table during orientation.

It was also during the early1980’s that the soccer team moved from their former playing location (what is now Lot 2 behind the North Stands) to Riggs Field. Below is a picture of a game in the mid 1980’s before any permanent stands were built at Riggs Field. Notice the fledgling network ESPN was covering this game, probably broadcasting the game on a tape delay and airing it in the middle of the night!

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

February 4th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tillman Hall Entrance Through The Years

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Today’s photos span 90 years and show the entrance to Tillman Hall through the years.

Tillman Hall seems to be a very popular place to take a picture since the beginning of Clemson College. The above photo is from the 1920’s showing the outside of Tillman Hall’s entrance. Below that is a picture I took last Spring from almost the same spot.


Notice the stone work has not changed from the 1920’s compared to today. The only major differences in the two pictures are the handrails coming down the steps (in the recent picture), and the trees that have been removed and replaced with bushes.

Many times throughout the years, photographers take pictures inside the doorway of Tillman Hall, with the arches in the photo and looking out of Tillman. Here is a picture from the 1940’s facing out of Tillman (notice there is no Thomas Green Clemson statue).


You can see that some type of greenery is encased around the arch in the picture. This may be kudzoo. You can also see a large tree almost in the center of the picture. This tree is not present in the photo from the 1970’s a little further down in this blog.

The Thomas Green Clemson statue was originally set to be unveiled in November of 1940 but they could not agree on where to place it. The original site was in front if the Library (now Sikes). A committee of faculty with a sub-committee of appointed architects met with a committee of students to decide the location. Here is a photo from the same angle taken in the late 1970s, which now includes the Thomas Clemson statue.


The tree in the 1940’s picture is now gone, but there is a tree growing in the center of the circle in the 1970’s picture. This tree blocks the view of Thomas Green Clemson’s statue.

Today the circle in front of Tillman is called Gantt Circle and has undergone a major renovation. The student government and the Air Force ROTC were co-sponsors for the renovation of Gantt Circle to improve its appearance. Here is a picture looking out from Tillman Hall taken in the Spring of 2013.


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Friday, February 3, 2017

February 3rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Campus Life In 1970’s

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Today’s photo are a variety of pictures taken in various locations around the Clemson campus in the 1970’s.

The above photo is from a tailgate prior to a football game. As you can see, the same amount of fun appears to be had at this tailgate as current games. But the amount of gear is most certainly less back then!

The next few photos are of Clemson students moving around the campus in the 1970’s.


Campus life in the 1970's, with the exception of technology that students have today, would not have been drastically different in the 1970's.


Today, these students would be in their 60’s in age, some of which are settling into retirement.


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