1962 Liberty Bowl Pin, Program and Ticket – Oregon State vs. Villanova

Oregon State was led by eventual Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker when it faced a one loss Villanova Wildcat team in the 1962 Liberty Bowl, which was played on a frozen field in Philadelphia on December 15th.  Baker scored on a 99 yard quarterback keeper run to provide the only points of the game, with OSU winning 6-0, earning its first bowl victory since the 1942 Rose Bowl.  After starting 0-2, the Beavers capped the season with eight straight wins and Baker won the Heisman just weeks after his performance in the Liberty Bowl.  Here is a pinback, program, ticket stub, decal, and a picture of Terry Baker from the game!

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Oregon State’s 1948-1949 Final Four Basketball Team

Oregon State’s 1948-1949 men’s basketball team is considered one of head coach Slatts Gill’s finest coaching performances, taking a team with only one returning starter from the previous year, all the way to a Pacific Coast Conference Championship and Oregon State’s first NCAA Final Four appearance.  After beating Arkansas to start the tournament and reach the Final Four, the Beavers lost to Oklahoma A&M and then to Illinois in the third place game to finish fourth overall.  The Beavers finished with a 24-12 record and wouldn’t reach the Final Four again until 1963… and they haven’t been back since!  This team picture and plaque was presented to OSC Assistant Coach, Paul Valenti, who later became the head coach of the Beavers.  Notice the round patches on the jackets to commemorate their conference championship, which you can see up close in the second picture.  Lastly, here is a picture of the program and ticket stub from that NCAA tournament, which was held at the University of Washington’s Edmundson Pavilion.

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1963 NCAA Final Four – Game Program

1963 was OSU’s first and only appearance in the NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball tournament.  That team, led by the great Mel Counts and the football team’s Heisman Trophy winner, Terry Baker, won their first three games over Seattle U., San Francisco, and Arizona State to make it to the Final Four in Louisville, Kentucky.  They matched up with Cincinatti in the first game and trailed 30-27 before ultimately getting destroyed in the second half to lose 80-47.  Terry Baker had the flu before that game and scored zero point, which most of the guys attributed to the team’s lackluster play.  The Beavers, coached by the great Slats Gill, played Duke for the third place game and lost 85-63.  They finished the season with a 22-9 season record.  Below is the program from that one Final Four!

1963 Final Four Program

1949 Pineapple Bowl Program

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.

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1949 Stub