Monday, January 14, 2013

University of Miami (FL) vs. Club Atético de Cuba (1928)

One coach and six players of the Cuban Athletic Club flew from
Havana to Miami on a Pan American airplane.  October 27, 1928.
The University of Miami opened its second varsity season in 1928 by dominating the Club Atlético de Cuba (Cuban Athletic Club, Atlético, or C.A.C.), winning by a score of 62-0. By all accounts, the Hurricanes' passing game kept Atlético off balance the whole game. According to coverage from the University of Miami's student newspaper, "The Miami aerial attack was working smoothly and almost everyone was tossing them" and, in the style reminiscent of Grantland Rice, "The Cubans came by air, so O'Brien, quarterback, decided to have made them dizzy watching the pigskin sailing through the blue azure skies of Miami unmolested" (University News, Oct. 27, 1928, p.4).

Even though the game was one-sided, it was notable for two reasons. First, one C.A.C. coach and six players flew to Miami via Pan-American Airways. The rest of the team sailed to Key West and took the Overseas Railroad to Miami. Second, it was the first Miami football game that featured a student band. The 25-piece University of Miami band added to the game-day atmosphere in Coral Gables.

A quote from Marion Wallace's "The Cheer Leader," accurately summarizes the game:

"Well, the Cubans came by air, were defeated by air, and, we guess, went home full of air."

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