1962 Oregon State Liberty Bowl – Hamilton Watch

I have previously posted some items from OSU’s 1962 Liberty Bowl game in which the Beavers, led by Terry Baker, defeated Villanova 6-0.  This Hamilton brand wristwatch was a memento I’m assuming was given to players and coaches for playing in that game.  Even today watches are a common gift given by bowl game hosts to the teams who play.

This watch was made by Hamilton, a Swiss company that made its first watch in 1893, and still makes high-end watches today.  Vintage Hamilton watches are desirable collectors pieces for some watch enthusiasts.  I haven’t seen (or researched) a lot of Hamilton watches that were made for  bowl game, but they must have made them for a handful of years, as I did see ones from the 1955 Orange Bowl and 1962 Tangerine Bowl.

This particular watch features a round case with triangular and Arabic hour markers as well as alpha style hands and seconds subdial. The stem wound watch has 17 jewels.  While similar Hamilton watches of this era aren’t particularly expensive (usually less than a few hundred dollars) some of the higher-end Hamilton models of that era can be several thousand dollars.  Unfortunately they weren’t giving the players the highest-end models back then!  Either way they are neat mementos from bowl games long ago which can still be worn today. 


1940 Pineapple Bowl – Game Program – Oregon State vs. Hawaii

The 1939 Oregon State College football team finished the year with a 9-1-1 record, culminated by a win in the program’s first ever postseason bowl game, the Pineapple Bowl.  Played in Honolulu, Hawaii on New Year’s Day in 1940, Oregon State faced the local Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and came out victorious by a score of 39-6.

OSU’s website has a great story you can read here  about the history of Beaver football in Hawaii, including some background on this game.  And if you want to see something really cool, Oregon State’s archives has nine minutes of an amazing home video from that trip IN COLOR that you can watch here.

Below is a picture of the program from that 1940 game, which is the only one I have ever seen.  Also included is a team picture showing the lucky players and coaches who made that month long trip to Hawaii (courtesy of oregonstate.edu).

Oregon State College (OSC) Pennant (c. 1938-1948)

This Oregon State College pennant is slightly longer than a normal pennant and is felt with stitched lettering.  I haven’t pinpointed a specific year for this pennant but my notes say it dates to 1938-1948.  The half black and half orange style of the pennant makes it unique, and the OSC logo with the overlapping letters was only used by the university for a while, but it’s one of my favorite old logos.  I have previously posted another pennant with the similar OSC logo that you can see at this link.


Vintage 1910-1927 OAC (Oregon State Univ.) Pennant with Beaver Eating Tree

Here’s another great example of an early Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University) pennant showing both the OAC letters and a beaver eating a tree.  This pennant dates sometime between 1910 to 1927.  We know it’s during this time as the Beaver was first referenced in association with Oregon State around 1910 (some historians say 1916), and the school changed its name from OAC to OSC (Oregon State College) in 1927.  All of the early OAC pennants I have seen featuring beavers shows the animal’s fully, as opposed to the more cartoonish Benny Beaver mascot with its smiling face that we primarily saw on pennants in the 1950’s and beyond.


Oregon Agricultural College “OAC” (OSU) Pennants – c. 1908-1923

These two vintage Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) pennants were found folded inside a scrapbook kept by an Oregon State student from 1908, which he put together to commemorate the 1908 Civil War football game.  However, it’s unlikely the pennants are from 1908, because records in the OSU archives suggest the school was first referred to as the “Beavers” in 1910.  Some historians argue the date is later, around 1916.

Since one of these pennants has a Beaver on it, it may have been from one of the student’s last years in school (estate records show he attended from 1908-1912) and just inserted into the scrapbook for safe keeping.  Or another possibility is the student could have stayed in Corvallis after graduation or been associated at OSU at a later date when he obtained the pennants, because his estate also had a picture of the OSU student body and faculty from 1923. Either way they are very cool early OAC pennants that likely date sometime between 1908-1923!

1942 Rose Bowl Trophy – Oregon State vs. Duke

I have previously posted some items and info on 1942 Rose Bowl game between Oregon State and Duke, which is most famous for being the only Rose Bowl played outside of California.  Due to concerns over WWII, the game was played in Durham, NC, where Oregon State upset a heavily favored Duke team by a score of 20-16.

While some memorabilia from this game can be found, one of the more rare items is the trophy that players and coaches were awarded from that game.  All Oregon State coaches and players received the trophies and we know at least the Duke coaches received them as well, because there was a story about a man in NC finding one of these trophies in the trash back in 2014, which had belonged to one of the Duke Coaches!

The pictures below include the trophy that was found in the trash (and later auctioned off), as well as the trophy from Oregon State player Leeland “Lee” Gustafson, who is pictured below (bottom row – far right on the team picture).  The trophy stands about 20 inches tall and is a beautiful example of the way trophies looked back when they had true character and style!



Various Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) Pennants – Oregon State University (OSU) c. 1890-1927

While I have been fortunate to come across and obtain many old Oregon State University pennants, there are still several from the school’s Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) days that I have only seen in pictures, old photographs, or even drawings.  The pennants in this specific post are not in my personal collection, but I’d obviously love to find!  They all range from roughly 1890-1927, before OAC became Oregon State College (OSC). Each is unique and I found them from number of sources, like the Benton County Historical Society, OSU’s Archives, old programs, or old online auctions.  Keep your eye out for others as I’d love to add more pennants (or even just pictures of them) to the collection and this site!


John Biancone Trophy from Oregon State College (1934)

Despite standing a mere 5 foot 6 inches tall and 165 pounds, John “Johnny” Biancone was a highly decorated quarterback  and halfback for the Oregon State College Beavers from 1931-1934.  This trophy, I’m assuming, was given to Biancone his senior year by Oregon State to commemorate his playing days at OSC.

John graduated from Portland’s Benson High School in 1930, where he lettered three times in five different sports.  He was a member of the 1928  City Championship Team, captain of a soccer team that was undefeated all four years, and he was also a State Wrestling Champion in 1929.  He is a member of the Portland Interscholastic League (PIL) Hall of Fame.

While at Oregon State, John lettered three years in football and baseball (back then they could not play on Varsity as a Freshman so they couldn’t earn letters for that year).  On the gridiron, John played both halfback and quarterback under coaches Paul Schissler and then Lon Stiner.  It appears he switched between HB and QB during games, depending on what was working.  A 1932 news article from a rival team city said John was “a dashing, tricky open field runner.”  While he played football during 1933, it doesn’t appear he was on the field during the Beavers famous “Ironmen” game, where only 11 players played every minute on both offense and defense in a 0-0 tie against a two time National Champion USC team that suited up 80 men for the game.  While I haven’t done the research, I’m assuming Biancone was injured for that game.

After college John spent one year in 1936 playing quarterback in the NFL for the Brooklyn Dodgers, where records indicate he played in 5 games (they played far fewer games back then).  The following preseason he broke his leg and was released by the Dodgers, ending up with the Paterson (NJ) Panthers of the American Association (more of a minor league team) for a couple years.

Fast forward to 1942, and Biancone, like many men his age, found himself in the Army stationed at the Santa Ana Army Air Base in California.  At this base, Captain Biancone was the manager of the its football and baseball teams.  It seems he was the Athletic Director for the entire base, which at the time, had many former college and pro athletes in the army stationed there.  The large army bases would put together athletic teams to compete against other military bases, college teams, and even professional teams.  Biancone’s 1943 baseball team compiled an impressive record, including a winning streak of 20 straight games behind the stellar hitting of their star centerfielder who you may have heard of… Joe DiMaggio!

This neat trophy stands about 7 inches tall and the football player and plaque are silver or silver plated.  Is I said, I presume this was given to Biancone by OSU at the end of his senior season, either because he was a team Captain, MVP, or they could have given these to all the seniors.  A cool piece of 80+ year old Oregon State history!

In the last picture below from 1932, John Biancone (far right) is standing next to his coach at OSU, Paul Schissler (center), and teammate Harold Moe (far left).



Oregon State Vintage Letterman Sweaters

In an earlier post I had some examples of felt letters that came off early sweaters or letterman jackets, usually worn by athletes at Oregon State.  History has it that letterman sweaters were first worn by the 1865 Harvard basketball team.  Typically the stripes indicated the number of years on the varsity team, while a star would indicate the player was a team captain.  If you look through archives or yearbook pictures of athletes in the early ears of Oregon State, you can see many different sweaters being worn.  However, I’m not sure when the formal “letterman sweater” became the norm at OSU.

The earliest Oregon State sweater I have dates to the late 1930’s.  It is heavy wool and the sleeve has an orange stripe but no actual letter.  I’m not sure if this sweater ever had a letter, but it doesn’t appear that it did.  Made by HL Whiting out of Seattle, here is a picture of the sweater, the tag with the player’s name, and an original advertisement from 1938.

Here are three other letterman sweaters that date from the 1940’s-1960’s which have the letters in addition to the stripe on the sleeve.  The third picture with two stripes is actually a child’s letterman sweater, made by Dehen, probably available from the team store back in the day.

Here is an example of a white OSU letterman’s sweater from 1943.



And lastly, we can’t forget the rally squad, who also wore sweaters with letters on them!  This picture is the rally squad for the 1942 Rose Bowl bound team with “OSC” across the front.  The second sweater with a beaver on the front and “Rally” on the back is circa 1940’s-1950’s.

1965 Rose Bowl Commemorative Silver Cup/Trophy – Chrysler Corp.

On New Years Day in1965, the 8-1 Oregon State Beavers played in its third (and most recent) Rose Bowl game. This time against a 7-1 Michigan Wolverines team, ranked #4 in the country.  Michigan was an 11 point favorite, but after a scoreless first quarter, it was the Beavs who struck first going up 7-0 in the second quarter.  Unfortunately, those were the last points scored by OSU as Michigan scored 34 unanswered points, dropping OSU to 8-2 on the year.

This silver cup, about 8 inches in diameter, I’m assuming was given by the game sponsor, Chrysler Corporation, as a gift to either their employees or possibly to people who helped put the game on. Engraved at the top is “1965 Rose Bowl.”  The second line reads “Michigan – Oregon St.”  And on the bottom, “Chrysler Corporation.” I have only seen two of these cups, so I’m not sure as to their rarity.  But overall, a neat memento of OSU’s sparse Rose Bowl History!

1965 Rose Bowl Silver Bowl