Rice Fight Never Dies: Kyle Field, 1930

I heard we have a baseball game against Texas A&M this afternoon. It reminded me of this bit of youthful high spirits:

Kyle Field c1931 Rice Fight

I’m pretty sure it was taken in 1930 and the note on the back says we had to send students back up to College Station to clean it up.

Rice won, by the way, 7-0.

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7 Responses to Rice Fight Never Dies: Kyle Field, 1930

  1. Buddy Chuoke '75 says:

    Great Pic! Still trying to understand why, back then, Rice fight never “dies” and today our fight just “die.” To me, it still never dies.

  2. mjthannisch says:

    There is a story somewhere of Sammy being stolen by the Aggies, and being rescued (but without stuffing so as to be more easily concealed. If you could find it, it would be pretty neat to share. This was when people took the train to College Station from Houston as I recall.

    • C Kelly says:

      Here’s a version of the owlnapping story. I may have read others, or maybe the same one in a different publication. Note that the detective gave Sammy his name.

      http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth230979/m1/1/

      • C Kelly says:

        I’m pretty sure I’ve seen photos of the canvas cover with straw stuffing torn out in places. I don’t remember if it’s a photo with Aggie thieves posing with the victim, or the Rice rescue party restuffing Sammy after his safe return home. Maybe I can find it. (I’m almost certain I’ve seen photos of the rescue cars, but I’ll have to look for that, too.)

      • Melissa Kean says:

        I know I dug this stuff up at some point, so I’m sure I have pictures and contemporaneous stories. I’ll pull them out and post them asap.

  3. mjthannisch says:

    Thank you C Kelly. It’s always good to reread to make sure one’s memory is working right. 1917, Wow, and I had forgotten about the detective naming Sammy. And I know Milikan, have a friend who lives there now. Lignite capitol of Texas for a while.

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