Friday, May 31, 2013

Games Held in Cuba, December 1939

Headline from the Havana Post, Dec. 10, 1939, p. 7.
As mentioned in the previous post, Georgia Teachers College played a game against the University of Havana in Cuba on December 9, 1939. This game marked the first of several played during holiday season between American and Cuban teams. The Rollins College "Tars" and the University of Tampa "Spartans" challenged the University of Havana "Caribes" at their home stadium. Rollins and Tampa also played a rematch while in Cuba. 
Headline from the Havana Post, Dec. 24, 1939, p. 11.
In the second contest of the year between Rollins College and the University of Havana, the Tars maintained their dominance by shutting-out the Caribes again, this time by a score of 71-0. Held on December 23, the one-sided game was played at night before about 3,000 spectators. Rollins scored practically at will. A touchdown run made by Rollins's substitutes in the second half stole the show. Their amazing display spanned 94-yards and included six laterals.
Headline from the Havana Post, Dec. 28, 1939, p. 7.
On December 27, Rollins College and the University of Tampa played a rematch at the University of Havana's stadium. In their first encounter on November 17, the Tars destroyed the Spartans by a score of 46-0. The Tampa Eleven wanted to prevent another shut-out in Cuba. Accounts of the game from the Havana Post and the Tampa Daily Times describe the game as a "roughly-played contest" including fist fights between players on the field and fans in the stands. Fred Manucy, right guard for the Spartans, was ejected for fighting with a Rollins player. Despite the closer margin, the Tars controlled the game by outscoring the University of Tampa 26 to 7 in the first three quarters. The victory capped a successful year for Rollins, ending the year with a record of 10 wins and 1 loss to the University of Miami Hurricanes.
Headline from the Havana Post, Dec. 31, 1939, p. 7.
The games between American and Cuban teams in December 1939 concluded with a match between the University of Tampa and the University of Havana on December 30. Played in the drizzling rain in front of a crowd of about 3,000 spectators, the game remained tight with the Spartans taking a 16-6 lead into halftime. In the second half, the Tampa team extended their lead by two more touchdowns, ending the game with a 28 to 6 win.

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