This slightly smaller than normal OAC (Oregon Agricultural College) pennant came from the same estate as the Class of 1914 OAC pennant that I posted about earlier, so I’m assuming it’s from roughly the same year. For being 100+ years old, this particular pennant has the truest orange and black colors on the felt and hand-stitched letters that I have ever seen! The styling of the OAC letters are also unique. This is one of my favorite old Oregon State pennants that I’ve come across.
Oregon State must have been quite the scene back in 1914, when this large wool hand stitched pennant hung on the wall of a graduating senior at Oregon Agricultural College!
While I’m sure it was a memorable year for this particular senior, unfortunately the Beavers sports teams probably didn’t create too much excitement around campus! The Beavers football team, under direction of coach E.J. Stewart, would have just finished up the 1913 season by going 3-2-3, including a 10-10 tie in the Civil War game. The 1914 men’s basketball team, also coached by E.J. Stewart, went 10-8. They played the Ducks six times during the season, winning four of those. Lastly, the Beavers baseball team had a disappointing 7-9 season, including a 1-7 record in league play, which could be the reason Coach Wilkie Clark only lasted one season!
This pennant came from an estate along with this old OAC pennant.