Tuesday, February 26, 2013

PHOTOS: Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn) vs. Villanova College (1937)

I am still working on a long form post about the Auburn vs. Villanova game. Here are a few photos I found in the Auburn yearbook from 1937.

Photo of assistance coaches Jimmy Hitchcock, Buddy McCollum, and
Ralph Jordan during the trip to Cuba. Glomerata, Vol. 40, 1937, p. 194.
Auburn Head Coach Jack Meagher brought his full staff to Cuba. Here is a photo of assistance coaches Jimmy Hitchcock (Auburn's first All-American), Fred "Buddy" McCollum, and Ralph "Shug" Jordan (future Auburn Head Coach).

Photo of Auburn students outside of the famous Cuban bar,
Sloppy Joe's. Glomerata, Vol. 40, 1937, p. 195.
No trip to Cuba would be complete without a trip to the famous ex-pat and tourist bar, Sloppy Joe's.

Photo of Villanova football team, coaches, and staff  before traveling
to Tropical Stadium. Glomerata, Vol. 40, 1937, p. 194. 
Villanova's football team, coaches, and staff posed for a picture outside of the team hotel before the game.

Friday, February 15, 2013

University of Tampa vs. Club Atlético de Cuba (1934)

University of Tampa football team (Moroccan, 1936)
In 1934, the University of Tampa football team ended its second year with two games against Club Atlético de Cuba (CAC). On December 15, the Spartans defeated the Tigres in Tampa by a score of 38-13. With the game well in hand in the fourth quarter, Tampa coach Nash Higgins deployed what Ed Ray of the Tampa Daily Times called the "Four Fatted Bulls" offense. The backfield of this offense consisted of four offenseive linemen: Ray Hurn, a 220-lb guard; Emory Brown, a 250-lb tackle; Wilbur Gunnoe, a 216-lb guard; and Marion Lee, a 300-lb tackle. The Four Fatted Bulls used their weight to their advantage as they successfully drove the ball 45 yards for a Tampa touchdown.

In late December, the University of Tampa football and basketball teams traveled to Cuba for the football team's rematch with the CAC and for two basketball games against Vedado Tennis Club and the CAC. On December 30, the Spartans shutout the Tigres on the gridiron by a score of 25-0. The Cuban clubs got a measure of revenge on the hardwood, with Vedado winning 32-25 and the CAC dominating its game with Tampa by a score of 42-19.

Photo of the University of Tampa, c.1940.
As an aside, the University of Tampa began operations in 1931 as Tampa Junior College. In 1933, the school moved from Hillsborough High School to the former Tampa Bay Hotel. For more images and information, see http://www.ut.edu/history/ and http://www.tampapix.com/tampau1.htm.