Sunday, July 22, 2007

*OPINION PIECE* No. 2 Greatest Moment in Duquesne Athletics History

January 1, 1937 - Football defeats Mississippi State College (now University), 13-12, in the Orange Bowl.
  According to The Duquesne Duke’s January 7, 1937, issue, "Thousands of followers and classmates greeted the conquering Duquesne University squad on its arrival at the Pennsylvania station last night at 11:25 p.m. The Duke gridders, weary from the long train ride, were pleasantly surprised by the enthusiastic throng which greeted them on their return from Miami [Fl.] in tribute to their brilliant 13-12 triumph.
  "The welcome celebration climaxed one of the most successful seasons in the athletic history of Duquesne. Loyal followers cheered wildly and sang the school songs as the train bearing the squad pulled into the train shed a few minutes late... Radio announcers succeeded in detaining the coaches and some of the gridders for a few hurried words to audiences of WWSW and KDKA."
  This moment remains, to this day, the pinnacle of Duquesne Football's success as an NCAA Division I team and thus, the program's greatest moment.

(Images: Oranges and Bowl, Copyright chennaiist)

1 comment:

TheKrellster said...

That's a great story. I love that they met the team and coaches at the train station. I hope we have even more big moments like that now that we've moved up.

Great article!