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1960 in Clemson History

Events in 1960

  • John H. Butler arrives at Clemson as Director of Bands.
  • Monty's Rascals goes on the air on WFBC-TV, Channel 4, hosted by weatherman Monty DuPuy.
  • Alabama Polytechnic Institute formally renames itself Auburn University, which is what everybody called it since the turn of the century, anyway...
  • April 1 - WSBF makes its first over-the-air broadcast.
  • September 24: With a number nine-ranking, the Tigers travel to Wake Forest for first game of the season, winning, 28-7.
  • October 1: Ranked seventh, Clemson defeats Virginia Tech, 13-7, in Death Valley.
  • October 8: Eighth-ranked Tigers down Virginia, 21-7, in Memorial Stadium.
  • October 15: Still ranked eighth for the second week, the Tigers travel to Maryland, losing 17-19. This will be Clemson's last weekly ranking until October 22, 1977. Here begins the long drought.
  • October 22: The Tigers travel to Duke, lose, 6-21.
  • October 29: Clemson loses at Vanderbilt, 20-22.
  • November 5: The Tigers host North Carolina, win, 24-0.
  • November 10: Freshman begin beating the "Beat Carolina" drum at noon.
  • November 11: The Rev. Gator Farr delivers his customary funeral eulogy for the Gamecock at a Friday evening pep rally held in the Amphitheatre.
  • November 12: In first game against the Gamecocks played in Clemson, the Tigers triumph, 12-2, in front of a crowd of 50,000. Initially dubbed "Solid Saturday", an attempt to emulate the now discontinued "Big Thursday", the term will not have staying power and falls out of use. Blue Key and Central Dance Association sponsor the Blue Key Dance for students from both institutions in the new dining hall (later named Harcombe Commons) with music provided by B. S. Plair and his combo, who offer up a popular rendition of the Isley Brothers' hit "Shout". (TAPS 1961, Volume LI, pages 26-27.)
  • November 19: Clemson travels to Boston College, loses, 14-25.
  • November 26: To end 6-4 season, Clemson defeats Furman in Death Valley, 42-14. Tigers are 4-2 in conference, for fourth place in the ACC.
  • December: New Winn-Dixie store opens at bottom of hill on College Avenue.

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