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1928 in Clemson History
Events that occurred in 1928:
- Riggs Hall is completed on the site of Old Mechanical Hall which burned May 27, 1926. Dedicated during Commencement 1928.
- Clemson starts its men's swimming program, using the pool on the ground floor of the YMCA. At this time, it is the only South Carolina college with a swim team. ("Clemson: Where The Tigers Play", by Sam Blackman, Bob Bradley and Chuck Kriese, Sports Publishing, L.L.C., 2001, page 164).
- The Dairy Club is founded by Professor B. E. Goodale. (TAPS, 1943, page 395.)
- February 29: The Tiger newspaper prints article stating "Tiger Brotherhood is new student club."
- May 25: Gene Moore Jr. born in Lake City, South Carolina.
- June 5: Thirty-Second Commencement Exercises held; invocation given by Rev. G. H. Hodges, address to graduating class given by Dr. W. E. Wickenden of New York, followed by presentation of the Class of 1928 to the President of the Clemson College Board of Trustees Hon. Alan Johnstone. President E. W. Sikes delivers medals and honors. The Alma Mater is sung by the audience. Music by the Cadet Band. (Program preserved in the Special Collections, Strom Thurmond Institute.)
- September 5: Clemson opens the fall term with an enrollment of 465 freshmen, the largest incoming class to date. (The Tiger, "35th Session Opens With Largest Enrollment In History Of The College", Wednesday 19 September 1928, Volume XXIV, Number 1, page 1.)
- September 19: The Tigers debut new uniforms featuring brilliant orange jerseys for the first time, featuring black composition cloth stripes on the front and purple numerals.
- September 21: Clemson defeats Newberry College, 30-0, on Riggs Field.
- September 29: Clemson beats Davidson, 6-0, at home.
- October 6: Clemson manages a 6-0 win at Auburn. As the first offering of the year's lyceum, Miss Suzanne Keener, prima donna of the National Broadcasting & Concert Bureau, gives a concert in the College Chapel at 8 p.m. She has been with the Metropolitan Opera Company for three years, making her debut as Gilda in "Rigoletto". After three years with the Met, she decided that the concert field offered her greater opportunities for self-expression and has pursued that course since. (The Tiger, 3 October 1928, Volume XXIV, Number 3, page 1.)
- October 12: The Tigers defeat N.C. State, 7-0, in a game played at Florence, South Carolina.
- October 19: Clemson blanks Erskine, 52-0, on Riggs Field.
- October 25: The Tigers shut out the Gamecocks, 32-0, in Columbia.
- November 3: Clemson travels to Mississippi, losing, 7-26 in heavy rain.
- November 10: In a match played in Lynchburg, Virginia, Clemson defeats Virginia Military Institute, 12-0.
- November 11: The Clemson College post of the American Legion places a bronze tablet, twenty inches by twenty inches, on the Seneca River bridge, dedicated to the Clemson men who gave their lives in the World War. The plaque is placed on the obelisk on the left side of the bridge as approached from the campus. The American Legion post in Seneca joins forces and emplaces a a tablet in memory of the Oconee County men who gave their lives in the war. This is installed on the Seneca side of the bridge. (The Tiger, "American Legion To Dedicate Bridge", 3 October 1928, Volume XXIV, Number 3, page 1.)
- November 17: The Tigers are defeated by Florida, 6-27, in a game played in Jacksonville.
- November 29: Clemson plays Furman on Thanksgiving Day at Manly Field in Greenville. The Tigers win, 27-12. Ticket to this game is preserved in the scrapbook of Cadet Fletcher Wayne Cannon of Honea Path, South Carolina, in the Special Collections in the Strom Thurmond Institute.
- December: Clemson's first All-American is named as football center and team captain O.K. Pressley is rostered on the national Third Team by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.
- December 8: Clemson wraps up 8-3 season with a 7-12 loss to the Citadel, in Charleston. During the 1928 season, Clemson outscored their opponents 192-77.