Over By The Track Stadium

My eighteen-month old granddaughter is visiting and so we’ve descended at my house into the kind of chaos that only a toddler can create. Unable to form any coherent thoughts, I present instead two pictures that left me speechless in wonderment. They were in the same folder but they may or may not have been taken at the same time. As usual, it’s not the ostensible subject that fascinates but rather what’s in the background.

First, rugby:Rugby with sheds nd

Let me just say, wow. Look at that shack! Was that art department space? It looks like the house that the Clampetts left behind.

Second, softball:rugby softball nd

Obviously there’s no awesome shack in this one, but there are those arches just beyond the tree line. I’m not sure what those are.

Bonus: Part of preparing for commencement is herding the cats so they march out in the proper order. That’s what these are for.



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12 Responses to Over By The Track Stadium

  1. Syd Polk says:

    I think the arches are part of the now-gone Tidelands Motel at the corner of University and Main.

  2. Grungy says:

    David Parsons was working in that vicinity.
    The MOB’s OwlTails uniforms were rescued from the more modern building, at about the time that Laboratory/Loop Rd was first paved past Alumni Drive.
    There’s a set of David Parson’s bird sculptures hanging on the third floor of UHCL’s Bayou Building.

  3. almadenmike says:

    Definitely the Tidelands: http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/EXID22079/images/tidelandstu.jpg

    But it didn’t always have the arches: http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/EXID22079/images/tidelandst.jpg

    This Examiner.com article said they were a fourth-floor addition in the late 1960s: http://www.examiner.com/article/the-tidelands-motor-inn-6500-south-main-houston

  4. Ron Sass says:

    The arches are the old Tidelands Motel. It was used as graduate student housing after being given to Rice. I remember that some of the rooms needed remodeling because it was thought inappropriate by the administration for graduate students to have mirrors on the ceiling of their room!

  5. Karl Benson '62 says:

    The manager of the Tidelands for many years was our own Dickie Maegle.

    • Syd Polk says:

      My wife has a comedy album of Bob Newhart from 1962 recorded at the Tidelands.

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

      The young Dickie would never have allowed ceiling mirrors in his motel, no matter what Terry Moore and Mighty Joe Young wanted.
      However, he was never the same after that Lewis guy came off the bench to tackle him in the Cotton Bowl.

  6. almadenmike says:

    Here’s an Examiner.com story on the Tidelands — http://www.examiner.com/article/the-tidelands-motor-inn-6500-south-main-houston — which includes images before and after the late-1960s 4th floor (with the arches) was added.

  7. Keith Cooper says:

    The set of buildings next to the (track) stadium were used at some point in there as home for the Rice Recycling Center — a volunteer organization with a self-documenting name.

    • loki_the_bubba says:

      If you look closely on the porch you will see 55 gal drums. We used to collect bottles in them and crush them with a four foot long length of pipe to get more in each barrel. Then we would drive a rickety pickup truck with several barrels over to Anchor Hocking to sell.

  8. Interesting. I believe in the rugby photo the t-shirted guy seen in profile to the right of the scrum is David Brown.Can’t identify any of the rest.

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