Football 1957: TCU

(This is easily the most disturbing football program I’ve ever seen. Click in on it for a closer look.)

It wouldn’t be unreasonable to fear a let down after the emotional A&M victory the week before, especially since King Hill wound up in the hospital with a broken nose. He vowed he would play anyway, though.

Still, how well could someone play if they were worried about something like that? Pretty well, it turns out. Hill had a 93-yard touchdown run in a 20-0 victory.

Here’s the Thresher article on the game. Note that football coverage has now moved to the front page. Just to be clear, the Brown Award discussed in the story at left was an award for neatest dorm rooms.

Bonus: One of the stories above mentions that a traveling squad of 37 flew up for the game. How did they get there? Braniff.

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16 Responses to Football 1957: TCU

  1. Yes, why is the Mean Looking Kid pushing the dog away? (Probably because it’s trying to get his sandwich) And why does the girl have a bruise on her face?

  2. Richard A. Schafer says:

    I’d love to hear more about the Brown award. And Rice really had a “Rice Beauties” contest? (Bottom center Thresher article)

    • Francis Eugene "Gene" PRATT, Institute Class of '56 says:

      I remember some of those girls.
      And they were beauties.
      And the missing Sue Brugier was an “eye-stopping” dancer also. Men used to come in to watch her practice her dance for the 1956 Follies. (It was worth it too.)

  3. Dagobert Brito says:

    I love the fins on the car. Whys is the program disturbing? My memory is that if you closed your door, you could avoid being judged in the Brown Award competition.

  4. marmer01 says:

    Yes, the proportions on the car are a little off, and the taillight/bumper combination is a little weird. Still, looks inspired by a Chrysler product of some kind. That’s why they call it artistic license.

  5. Grungy says:

    Did the program publisher purchase or use stock images when there was no game-specific art available? I wonder how many other game programs around the country might have included this image?

  6. Keith Cooper says:

    I recall that there was a Brown room award as late as the mid-1980s. I am pretty sure that we were called upon to judge candidate rooms during our first couple of years as Resident Associates. Of course, my memory could be flawed, … or failing, ….

    • Francis Eugene "Gene" PRATT, Institute Class of '56 says:

      You’ll be all right, Keith.
      Just sit down a while and take some deep breaths.

  7. Robert Lyle and I won the rude room of the year award in 75 (I think) which was part of the Brown room awards for having the most naturally rude room. I think it was the cuspidor that did the trick. BTW, Skoal has been absent from my life for a long time.

    BTW, Grungy (do you remember Robert Lyle?), I wondered about that picture too, as the man in the back ground looks amazingly like one of my cousins who attended TCU. Coincidence maybe. He was at TCU way before 1957.

  8. James Medford says:

    Wiess won an award for cleanliness? Wow, things had changed by the time I arrived at Rice in ’81.

  9. Kathy says:

    But what’s the connection of that–I agree–very disturbing picture with a football game? Or with TCU? Or with anything!?

  10. I hunted down the signature. This illustration was by Joe Watson Little. http://www.americanartarchives.com/little,joe.htm

  11. Jim Woodward says:

    Joe Watson Little did some seriously salacious stuff (for the time). I especially liked the illustrations for “Fraulein Barracks – the eyewitness report of a captive GI who was a prisoner in Germany’s most shocking love camp”

  12. Kevin Long says:

    When I attended (81-85 as an undergrad), I recall some sort of recognition for the filthiest room on campus. Maybe the above-mentioned “rude” award? One year, the male occupants of two rooms, one room in Jones where I lived, decided to nominate each other and then “help” them win. Let’s just say one team left something bad on the other team’s bedspread. They returned the favor by burning a bit of tire in the other room, coating everything with smelly soot to secure the win. We had a lot of pranks on our hall, some so bad that 25 years later people were still interrogating each other at gatherings to learn who was behind a few of the “best”.

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