Thursday, October 23, 2008

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?

Tarleton athletics was in the beginning stages of development in the early 1900s! "Begun in 1901, these football, baseball, and track meets were held on an intramural basis. It was not until 1904 when Tarleton joined the West Texas College League that the school’s organized athletic tradition officially began."

"These early teams did not possess an official name. A campus legend contends that in 1925, Athletic Director W.J. Wisdom offered a five-dollar prize to the person who thought of the best mascot for the teams. However, Wisdom himself came up with the title of Plowboys.” (Chamberlain, The Early Years of Tarleton Athletics, Dick Smith Library Cross Timbers Historic Images Project)

In October 1908, one hundred years ago this month, Tarleton held a track meet. Our library website has a photograph of this track meet which shows how the people, the area, and our campus looked 100 years ago! To view this photograph, and to read the narrative The Early Years of Tarleton Athletics, by Frank Chamberlain in its' entirety, go to the Dick Smith Library homepage and under Special Collections, click on Cross Timbers Historic Images Project. Search by: John Tarleton College Track Meet 1908. ( )

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