Wednesday, January 9, 2013

University of Miami (FL) vs. University of Havana (1926)

Photo of the University of Miami's first football team in 1926.
University of Miami Digital Archives.
The University of Miami opened its doors in the fall of 1926 to 560 students. That same fall, Coach Howard "Cub" Buck organized the school's first football team.  The newly christened "Hurricanes" went undefeated, playing seven games on the freshman football level. At the end of the season, Miami hosted the University of Havana Caribes on Thanksgiving Day in Coral Gables. 
Advertisement for the football game between the University of Miami and
the University of Havana. University of Miami Digital Archives.
A report that appeared in The Miami News on the day before the game revealed Coach Buck's fears that his players were underestimating their opponents. The University of Havana Varsity, led by Coach James H. Kendrigan, outweighed the Miami Eleven by about five pounds per man and had more overall experience that the first year team. Those fears were unfounded. 
Photo of the game between the University of Miami and the University of Havana.
November 25, 1926. University of Miami Digital Archives.
On November 25, 1926, the young Hurricanes shutout the Caribes by a score of 23-0. Miami dominated the game, scoring ten points in the first quarter, seven points in the second, and six points in the third. According to most accounts, the Havana Eleven never threatened to score the whole game. The Hurricanes finished its first football season 8-0. 

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