Sipple Stories

Pictures & stories of my Grandparents Joy & Adda Rockwell Sipple, their family and their ancestors.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Football and Baseball

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Today's post starts with a quiz...
How many of the following questions can you answer right now??
Without going to Google or reading on.
The answers will be at the bottom of the post. Good Luck!!

What does The Big 6 refer to??
What were Fordham, Betheny, Carn Tech and Great Lakes??
Where were the Seahawks from?
How about Beasley and Ruffing??
The Spaghetti Bowl... Not something you eat pasta from... what then??
How about The Arab Bowl??

Football and Baseball 1939 - 1945


This posting to Sipple Stories may be rather boring to some of you... but there are a couple young men, I know, who might find it interesting... even I found it fun to see the names of the teams, and read the scores. I think it's neat that our Grandfather, Joy Sipple, (Great-grandfather to you younger cousins) was so interested in football and baseball... so interested that in the journals he kept, he recorded all the scores, not just for Grand Island High School and the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but for other teams. He recorded the World Series each year and the Bowl Games. I had not heard of some of the teams so they must have changed their names or aren't a college or a football team anymore. I'll have to check.

Sometimes Grampa would just note the score of each game on the day of the week it was played, throughout the month and year... Sometimes, as in the 1939 journal, below, there would be a special page at the front or the back of the journal devoted to the
scores. Often he did both.



Shown above... inside the back of the 1939 Journal:

1939 Football scores of Nebraska
Sep 30 - Nebr 6 - Ind 6
Oct 7 - Neb 6 - Minn 0
Oct 14 - Neb 10 - Iowa St 7
Oct 21 - Neb 20 - Baylor 0
Oct 28 - Neb 25 - Kans ST 9
Nov 4 - Neb 13 - Mo 27
Nov 11 - Neb 7 - Kans 0
Nov 18 - Neb 14 - Pitts 13
Nov 25 - Neb 13 - Okla 7
TOTAL - Neb 114 to 69

1940 football scores
Oct 5 - Neb 7 - Minn 13
Oct 12 - Neb 13 - Ind 7
Oct 19 - Neb 53 - Kans 2
Oct 26 - Neb 20 - Mo 7
Nov 2 - Neb 13 - Okla 0
Nov 9 - Neb 14 - Iowa 6
Nov 16 - Neb 9 - Pitts 7
Nov 23 - Neb 21 - Iowa ST 12
Nov 30 - Neb 20 - Kans St 0
TOTAL - Neb 170 to 54

Bowl Games Jan 1, 1940
Rose Bowl – So Calif 7 - Duke 3
Texas Chris 15 - Carn Tech 7
Tenn 17 - Okla 0
West 14 - East 0

(Grampa didn't say which bowl the other teams played in that year)

Bowl Games Jan 1, 1941
Rose: Stanford 21 - Neb 13
Sugar: Boston Col 19 - Tenn 13
Orange: Miss St 14 - Geo Town 7
Cotton: Texas A& M 13 - Fordham 12
West 20 - East 14

Some notes from the 1939 Journal...

(I have posted exactly as Grampa recorded the teams and scores)

Sep 30
Neb 6 - Ind 6

Oct 7
Went to Lincoln
Seen Ethel
All went and Seen Neb beat Minn 6-0
Got back to Grd Isl 6:30
Ate supper down town
Nebr 6 - Minn 0 (Grampa made this real bold in the journal)

Oct 14
Neb 10 - Iowa St 7

Oct 21
Foot Ball Today At Lincoln
Nebr 20 - Baylor 0

Oct 28
Foot Ball Today Play at Manhattan Ks
Nebr 25 - Kans State 9
Rex went hunting Got a Pheasant & Squirrel

Nov 4
Foot Ball
Mo 27 - Nebr 13

Nov 11
Nebr 7 - Kans 0

Nov 18
Foot Ball
Neb 14 - Pitt 13

Dec 2
Navy 10 - Army 0





The 1941 Journal is missing... but this schedule and score card was inside 1942.














January 1, 1942
Bowl Games


Rose Bowl - Durham NC
Oregon St 20 - Duke 16

(Yes, the Rose Bowl was not played in Pasadena! The 1942 Rose Bowl Game was played in Durham, NC because of the bombing of Pearl Harbor just a month earlier on Dec 7, 1941. Go to that link for an interesting story about this.)

Sugar Bowl
Fordham 2 - Missouri 0

Cotton Bowl
Alabama 29 - Texas A&M 21

Orange Bowl
Georgia 40 - Texas Christ 26

Sun Bowl
Tulsa 6 - Texas Tech 0

New Orleans
East 6 - West 6



Notes from the 1942 journal:

Sep 26
Iowa beat Nebraska 27 – 0

Sep 27
St Louis Cardinals Beat Chgo Cubs
St Louis 9-4 Chgo 2-1
To Win The Pennant In
National League

Base Ball Team Standings

National
St Louis 106 - 48
Brooklyn 104 - 50
New YOrk 85 - 67
Cincinnati 76 - 76
Pittsburg 66 - 81
Chicago 68 - 86
Boston 59 - 89
Philadelphia 42 - 109

American
New York 103 - 51
Boston 93 - 59
St Louis 82 - 69
Cleveland 75 - 79
Detroit 73 - 81
Chicago 66 - 82
Wash'ton 62 - 89
P'la'phia 44 - 99

Sept 30
First Game Of World Series
New York Yankees 7-11-0-9
St Louis Cardinals 4-7-4-9
Ruffing
Cooper Gumbert Lannier
Played At St Louis

Oct 1
St Louis Won 2nd Game Of Series
At St L
Yankees 3-10-2-7
Cardinals 4-6-0-4
Pitchers
New York Bonham - SO3 BB1
St Louis Beazley - SO4 BB2

Oct 2
Grand Island Beat Hastings 13 To 6

Oct 3
St Louis won 3rd game of series N.Y.
Cardinals 2-5-1-4 White 6-0
Yankees 0-6-1-6 Chandler 3-1

Foot ball scores
Neb 26 - Iowa St 0
Great Lakes - 25 Iowa 0
US Navy Pre-flight 7 - Minn 6
Missouri 26 - Colorado 13
Tulsa 23 - Oklahoma 0
Ft Riley 21 - Kans State 7
Pittsburg 20 - S Methodist 7
Denver 17 - Kansas 0

Oct 4
St Louis Won 4 Game of Series At N.Y.
Cardinals 9-12-1-
Yankees 6-10-1
Pit Cooper Gumber Pollett Lannier Bonham

Standings To Date
St Louis Won 3 Lost 1
New York Won 1 Lost 3



Oct 5
St Louis Won World Series
St L Cardinals 4-0-4 left 4
NY Yankees 2-7-1 left 2
Beasley – Ruffing
St Louis N Won 4 Lost 1
New York A Won 1 Lost 4

Won a Cartoon Of Cigarettes From Pudge on St Louis

(Pudge was Melvin Mawhinney, Opal's husband... Grampa and he seemed to bet every year on the World Series game.)

Oct 10 Foot Ball scores
Ind 12 - Neb 0
Wisconsin 17 - Missouri 9
Texas 7 - Okla 0
Texas Christian 41 - Kansas 6
Illinois 21 - Minn 13
Iowa Sea Hawks 26 - Mich 14
Great Lakes 7 - Pitts 6

Oct 17
Neb got beat again
Minn 15 - Nebr 2
N Dame 28 - Iowa Seahawks 0
Missouri 46 - Kans State 2
Okla 25 - Kansas 0
Indiana 19 - Pitts 7

Oct 24 Foot Ball Scores
Nebraska 7 - Oklahoma 0
Missouri 45 - Iowa State 6
Kansas 19 - Kans State 7
Duke 28 - Pitts 0

Oct 31 Foot Ball Scores
Nebraska 14 - Kansas 7
Great Lakes 17 - Missouri 0
Iowa Sea Hawkes 26 - Indiana 6
Pitts 19 - Carn Tech 6
Wichita 9 - Kans State 0

Nov 7 Foot Ball Scores
Missouri 26 - Nebraska 6
Oklahoma 76 - Kans State 0
Indiana 7 - Minnesota 0
Iowa 6 - Wisconsin 0
Notre Dame 13 Army 0

Nov 14 Foot Ball Scores
Pittsburg 6 - Nebraska 0
Missouri 6 - Oklahoma 6
Minnesota 27 - Iowa 6
Michigan 32 - Notre Dame 20
Indiana 54 - Kans State 0
Iowa State - 20 Kansas 13

Nov 21 Foot Ball Scores
Iowa Seahawks 45 - Nebraska 0
Fordham 20 - Missouri 12
Kans State 7 - Iowa State 6
Temple 14 - Oklahoma 7
Wisconsin 20 - Minnesota 6
Notre Dame 27 - Northwestern 20
Indiana 20 - Purdue 0
Ohio State 21 - Michigan 7
Great Lakes 6 - Illinois 0

Nov 26 Thursday… Thanksgiving
Foot Ball Scores
Missouri 42 - Kansas 13

Nov 28 Saturday
Kans State 19 - Neb 0
Ohio Stat 41 - Iowa Seahawks 12
Navy 14 - Army 0

(No more scores recorded in 1942)

Jan 1, 1943
Bowl Games

Rose
Georgia 9 - UCLA 0

Sugar
Tennessee 14 - Tulsa 7

Orange
Alabama 37 - Boston College 21

Cotton
Texas 14 - Georgia Tech 7

Sun
Sec Air Force 13 - Hardin Simmons 7

All Stars
East 13 - West 12

Oct 1 Friday
Grand Island 13 - Hastings 6

Oct 2 Saturday
Foot Ball
Minn 54 - Neb 0

Oct 5 Tue
First Game World Series
New York AM 5-8-2
St Louis Nat 2-7-2

Oct 6
St Louis N 4-7-2
New York A’s 3-6-0
Cooper – Bonham & Murphy

Oct 7
3rd Game of series
New York 6-8-0
St Louis 2-6-4
Pitchers
NY Borowy – Murphy
St L Brazle – Krist- Brecheen

Oct 8
Grand Island 32
Columbus 13

Oct 9
Indiana 54 - Nebraska 13

Oct 10
Baseball
New York 2
St Louis 1

Oct 11
Yankees won World Series
New York 2
St Louis 0
Chandler
Cooper Lannier & Dickerson

Lost cartoon of cigarettes to Pudge

Oct 15
Grand Island 13 - Kearney 6

Oct 16
Foot Ball at Ames
Nebraska 6 - Iowa State 26

Oct 22
Grand Island 7 - York 0

Oct 23
Foot Ball Scores
Nebr 7 - Kansas 6
Oklahoma 37 - Minn 6
Indiana 34 - Wisconsin 0
Northwestern 13 - Ohio St 0
Purdue 21 - Iowa 7
Notre Dame 47 I- llinois 0
Pitts 18 - Bethany 0
Army 39 - Yale 7

Oct 29
Grand Island 12
North Platte 0

Oct 30
Missouri 54 - Neb 20
Notre Dame 33 - Navy 6
Okla 21 - Iowa St 7
Kansas 25 - Kans State 2
Northwestern 42 - Minn 6
Penn 14 - Army 13
Indiana 20 Ohio - State 14
Michigan 42 - Illinois 6

Nov 6
Nebr 14 - Kans State 7
Purdue 14 - Minn 7

Nov 12
Lincoln 31
Grd Isl 0

Nov 13
Okla 20 - Missouri 13
Notre Dame 25 - Northwestern 6
Michigan 27 - Wisconsin 0
Grt Lakes 21 - Indiana 7
Minn 33 - Iowa 14

Nov 20
Iowa 33 - Nebraska 13
Iowa State 48 - Kans State 0
Kansas 7 - Missouri 6
Purdue 7 - Indiana 0
Michigan 45 - Ohio St 7
Minn 25 - Wisconsin 13
Notre Dame 14 - Seahawks 13



Nov 27
Oklahoma 26 - Nebraska 7
Great Lakes 19 - Notre Dame 14

Okla Won Big 6 Title
Won 5 Lost 0 Tie 0

Purdue Won Big Ten 9-0-0



Jan 1, 1944
Foot Ball Scores
So Calif 29 - Washington 0 --- Rose Bowl
Georgia Tech 20 - Tulsa 18 --- Sugar
Louisiana St 19 - Tex A&M 14 --- Orange
Army 10 - Navy 6 --- Arab Bowl

Oct 6
St Louis Amer 6
St Louis Nat 2

Oct 7
St Louis Nat 6
St Louis AM 1

Oct 8
St Louis Nat 2 Cooper
St Louis AM 0 Galehouse

Oct 9
St Louis Nationals 3
St Louis Browns 1

St Louis National won series 4 to 2

November 11
Iowa State 19 - Neb 6
Army 53 - Notre Dame 0


Jan 1, 1945
Foot Ball Scores

Rose Bowl – Pasadena
So Calif 25 - Tenn 0

Sugar Bowl – New Orleans
Duke 29 - Alabama 26

Orange Bowl – Miami
Tulsa 26 - Georgia Tech 12

Cotton Bowl – Dallas
Okla Aggies 34 - Texas Christian 0

Sun Bowl – El Paso
SW of Texas 35 - Un of Mexico 0

Spaghetti Bowl – Italy
Fifth Army 20 – 12th Air Force 0

Sept 29
At Lincoln Okla 20 – Nebr 0

Oct 3
World Series
1st Game
Chicago Nat 9
Detroit Am 0

Oct 4
2nd game
Detroit 4
Chicago 1

Oct 5
3rd Game
Chicago 3
Detroit 0

Oct 6
4th Game
Detroit 4
Chicago 1

Oct 12
Grand Island 19
Kearney 0

Oct 13
Indiana 54
Nebraska 14

Oct 19
Grand Island 32
Fairbury 0

Oct 20
Iowa State 27
Nebr 7

Oct 26
Grand Island 25
North Platt 14

Oct 27
Missouri 19
Nebr 0

Nov 2
Grand Island 13
McCook 20

Nov 3
Nebraska 27
Kansas 13

Nov 9
Grand Island 19
Fremont 6

Nov 10
Nebraska 24
Kans State 0

Nov 16
Lincoln Central 22
Grand Island 7

Nov 17
Nebraska 53
So Dakota 0

Nov 22 Thanksgiving Day
Scotts Bluff 45
Grand Island 12

Nov 24
Nebraska 13
Iowa 6

Dec 1
Army 32
Navy 13


So... I'm wondering... How did you do on the quiz at the beginning??
Your cousin, Steve, probably got them all right... as he has an unfair advantage being the sports writer at the Lincoln Journal Star.
Here are the answers for the rest of you:

The Big 6... In his journal, on November 27, 1943, Grampa said, "Okla Won Big 6 Title" I assumed the conference was called The Big 6 before it was the Big Eight... but checking both the Nebraska Football History Database and the Oklahoma Football History Database find that from 1928-1995 the conference was the Big Eight Conference. It was changed in 1995 to the present Big XII Conference. According to the Oklahoma database, Oklahoma was the Big Eight Conference Champion in 1943. They also won in 1944 and every year from 1946-1959.

When I tried to Google Big 6, I found nothing. When looking for something else, I found this site with the Nebraska Nebraska Football stats from 1933-1954 and it says, "Big 6" until 1948 when it says "Big 7"... It looks like the Big 6 were Nebraska, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Colorado was added in 1948. Oklahoma State was added in 1960 making it the Big Eight.

I see my mistake was to Google "Big 6" instead of "Big Six"... as now I see Wikipedia has a nice history of the Conference, if you care to read it under "History"... interesting!!

Fordham is a Jesuit College with a campus in the Bronx, in New York City and Terrytown, NY.

Bethany... I found three Bethany Colleges: Bethany University in Santa Cruz, CA, Bethany College in Bethany, WV and Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN.

Carn Tech according to Wikipedia: Carnegie Mellon University is a private research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was formed in 1967 by the union of the Carnegie Institute of Technology (founded 1900) and the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research (founded 1913).

Great Lakes was one of the many service football teams during WWII headquarted at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center on the shores of Lake Michigan just north of Chicago. They were strickly a road team except for two games played at Soldier Field in Chicago.

The Seahawks were another WWII service football team based in Iowa City, Iowa. Also from Wikipedia... Iowa Hawkeyes Football:
As the war approached, Iowa City was selected as one of five campuses across the country to host a Naval Pre-Flight school for soldiers in training. This Pre-Flight school formed its own football team, called the Iowa Pre-Flight Seahawks. The Hawkeyes and the Seahawks shared the University’s athletic facilities for the duration of the war. Naturally, the Pre-Flight school was seen as the more important concern, and the Hawkeyes were often second in line to use their own facilities. Nearly all the able-bodied men in Iowa City found their way into the Naval Pre-Flight school, while Iowa’s roster was mostly filled with players with conditions that exempted them from military service.

The results were predictable. The Hawkeyes compiled a record of 4-20-1 from 1943-1945. The Seahawks, conversely, had a record of 26-5 over three years, twice finishing in the AP top ten. The Seahawks had a 9-1 record in 1943 and finished the year ranked second in the nation. In 1944, the Seahawks had a record of 10-1 and finished sixth in the nation.


Beasley and Ruffing were the pitchers in the final game of the 1942 World Series played on Oct 5. The St Louis Cardinals won 4 games to 1 over the NY Yankees.

The Spaghetti Bowl... A wonderful story can be found in the Wednesday, January 3, 1945 edition of THE STARS AND STRIPES on-line. In part it says:
SPAGHETTI BOWL, Jan 2-The 5th Army Mudders crushed the 12th Air Force Bridgebusters, 20-0, in yesterday's Spaghetti Bowl football classic played before 25,000 fans in Florence. The victory ended a year in sports for the 5th Army athletes during which time, they have either won or tied for five of the seven theater sports crowns.
Clear titles were taken in boxing, swimming, baseball and now football, while in the second boxing championship of the year they notched a tie with the North African Zone team. Only in softball and track did the 5th Army stalwarts fail to emerge victorious.


The Arab Bowl Here's one for you Trivia buffs... one sure to fool the others as you play Trivial Pursuit or Balderdash. January 1, 1944 - The first Bowl Double-header... the first and only Arab Bowl was played in San Philipe Stadium in Oran, North Africa. Army Special Services had established several informal football teams around the area. The two top teams were to play on New Year's Day. However, Navy, who wasn't in the league protested. So it was decided that the two top Army teams would play in the morning. Then an All-star team would be formed for Army who would play the All-stars from Navy in the afternoon. Thus, the first bowl game double-header.

A couple of notes:
Chick found this post quite interesting and told Mother, Juleen, that he never even knew that his father was interested in baseball or football.

Mother said that she can remember her father listening to the football game on the radio. He'd be sitting in his chair and would have a piece of paper or a notebook on his lap on which he had drawn a football field with the yardage marks 10-20-30 and so forth. He then had an acorn or a quarter that represented the football and would move it up and down the field as the game played.

Well... I had a lot of fun doing this post... and learned a lot too.
I hope you all found it just a little bit interesting and fun to read.

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1 Comments:

Blogger JHaussler said...

What a lot of work to type in all those scores! I hope some of our family enjoyed reading them... It is interesting to know that the family's love of football goes "way back!" And makes Grandpa Sipple seem more "real." Thanks, Jodi!

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