The Beavers were once again the opposing team for the Hawaii Rainbows in the 1949 Pineapple Bowl, the third bowl game in program history. The Beavers had previously traveled to the Islands to defeat the Rainbows in the 1940 game. The fans showed up for the 1949 version of the Pineapple Bowl to the tune of 15,000. OSU had compiled a 5-4-3 overall record in Coach Lon Stiner’s final season. The Warriors posted a 7-3-1 record. Despite the Rainbows winning much of the statistical battle, the heavily favored Beavers forced 5 turnovers and won the game by an impressive 47-27 score. This rare game program is the only relic I have seen from that game and is unique because of its smaller size compared to normal programs.
“Too much Western football in general; Too much Don Durdan in particular.” The quote from legendary Duke football coach, Wallace Wade, following Oregon State’s upset of Duke in the 1942 Rose Bowl said it all. Don Durdan, a three sport star at OSU in football, baseball and basketball, was the game’s MVP after running for 54 yards and a touchdown and playing several other key roles, such as punter. Usually the smallest player on the field, the 5-foot-9 Durdan went on to play halfback and DB for the San Francisco 49ers in 1946 and 1947, and then played basketball professionally for the Portland Indians of the Pacific Coast Basketball League from 1947 to 1948. He was inducted into the Oregon State Sports Hall of fame in 1988, and into the Tournament of Roses Hall of Fame in 1998, the only Oregon Stater to achieve this honor. This picture and caption appeared in OSU’s 1942 yearbook following the season. (OSU Archives)
This highly collectable and rare banner was made by the Chicago Pennant Company, which made collegiate banners ane pennants like this, often with humerous pictures on them, from it appears the 1930’s through the company’s closing in 1979. The tag on this specific pennant indicates it’s likely from the early 1950’s or possibly the 1940’s. This is the only one I have ever seen of this cool banner, which measures approximately 19″ long by 9 3/4″ high.
Another memento from OSU’s 1957 Rose Bowl game vs. Iowa, this felt pennant comically shows a plump beaver enjoying a full stomach after chewing down a tree! I didn’t know beavers actually ate the wood, but maybe they thought differently back in the 60’s!
I originally thought this was from 1965 until I came across this picture of an Iowa fan during the 1957 Rose Bowl game waiving the same pennant (on the right).
Men’s basketball was established at Oregon State in 1901, ironically a few years after the college had already fielded a woman’s team! This team picture of the 1904 men’s team shows the “champions” and their two coaches, Mr. Thorpe and Mr. Trine, who led the roundballers to a successful 7-3 season. Notice the length of the shorts in this picture, which seem to almost go to knee level (something we wouldn’t see again for another almost 90 years). (OSU Archives)
The 1957 Rose Bowl pitted the Beavers of Oregon State versus the Hawkeyes of Iowa. In this second of Oregon State’s three Rose Bowl appearances, Iowa won the game 35-19 to complete an 8-1 season, while the loss dropped the Beavers to 7-2-1 on the year. These two pinbacks with ribbons and small football charms were a momento from that game. The buttons are the same but the ribbons and charms differ slightly.
This early 1900’s wool pennant with hand cut and stitched OAC letters was from a time when today’s Oregon State University was known as Oregon Agricultural College. It was in 1890 when the college, then known as the Corvallis State Agricultural College, informally became known as Oregon Agricultural College (OAC), with the name change becoming official several years later. At this time orange was adopted as the school color, with black as the background color. The OAC name stood until 1927 when the name was changed to the Oregon State College. The first reference to the Beaver as the official mascot for the school was seen in the school newspaper during 1908, but it wasn’t until 1910 that it was used in reference to athletics. This age and style of this pennant dates it to the early years of of the OAC Beavers!