I’ve been digging around recently in some very old football materials and one of the things I came across is something I’d noticed before but never bothered with. (I have no real idea why I’m bothering with it right now. Sometimes I’m a puzzle even to myself.) Here it is:
It’s the caption that’s kind of interesting, of course. Although one might take issue with the amount of fame these fellows actually garnered, that’s not what interested me. I should also say that the guy whose scrapbook is the source of the photo–the tall one in the middle, “Tiny” Kalb–seems to have been sort of a wit, and a self-deprecating one at that. So I think his tongue may have been at least partly in cheek with the claims to glory.
It’s the Waxahachie business that caught my eye. Why Waxahachie? The only game the Owls played that season outside of the Houston area was against Trinity.
At first I thought that we might have simply played a game at a neutral site, which was very common in those days (mostly because of the difficulty of travel). Sadly, what I failed to realize is that Trinity was located in Waxahachie from 1902 to 1942! That’s just embarrassing. I’m supposed to know things like that.
Of course, I could have kept my mouth shut, but then I wouldn’t be me.
Bonus: Here’s the 1915 Trinity football lettermen.
Rice beat Trinity 7-0 in 1913, part of an undefeated four-game season in Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association play. (That was Rice’s first conference affiliation.) I don’t know if that crucial inch was on offense or defense. In 1915, we beat them even worse, 46-0.