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1934 in Clemson History

Events that occurred in 1934:

  • The Blue Key Directory is begun. (TAPS 1957, Volume LXVII, page 273.)
  • April 23: Jim Phillips, future voice of the Tigers, is born at 1:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio to Eleanor and James Phillips, Sr. (Phillips, Jim and Tysiac, Ken, "Still Roaring - Jim Phillip's Life in Broadcasting", Sports Publishing L.L.C., Champaign, Illinois, ISBN 1-58261-946-8, pages 1-3.)
  • July 22: Public enemy number one, John Dillinger, is shot and killed in Chicago by FBI agents led by Timmonsville, South Carolina native and former Florence lawyer Melvin Purvis.
  • August 20: In a meeting at the home of Rupert H. Fike, M.D., nine Clemson boosters form IPTAY, a now-classic alumni and fan sports support organization template that has been widely copied at other schools. The name stands for "I Pay Ten A Year" for the original donation requested from the members during the Depression era. Originally it takes on some of the "secret society" aspects of organizations such as Yale's Skull & Bones fraternity, (which "they" still deny exists, in 2007), but IPTAY abandoned the secrecy aspect in 1939.
  • September 4: WFBC-AM radio in Greenville boosts transmission signal strength from 250 Watts to 1000 Watts daytime, changes frequency from 1200 Kilocycles to 1530 Kilocycles. (Ellison, Vernon, News Staff Writer, "Old Landmark On Outskirts Of Greenville Disappearing", The Greenville News, Greenville, South Carolina, Sunday, 23 October 1966, Volume 92, Number 296, Section 2, Page 14.)
  • September 22: Coach Jess Neely is inducted into the newly-formed IPTAY order in the Clemson office of J.H. "Uncle Jake" Woodward. The Tigers defeat Presbyterian, 6-0, on Riggs Field.
  • September 29: Georgia Tech gets only win of its season, when the Tigers travel to Atlanta, losing, 7-12.
  • October 6: Clemson loses at Duke, 6-20.
  • October 13: The Tigers roadtrip to Kentucky, lose, 0-7.
  • October 25: The Tigers spank the Gamecocks, 19-0, in the first Big Thursday game played in the brand new stadium at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia.
  • November 3: Clemson defeats N.C. State, 12-6, in Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • November 10: Alabama blanks the Tigers, 0-40, in a roadgame.
  • November 17: In a match played in Savannah, Georgia, Clemson shuts out Mercer, 32-0.
  • November 29: The Tigers defeat Furman, 7-0, on Riggs Field to conclude a 5-4 season.

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