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October 30, 2009

VIDEO: 1929 Georgia-Yale

Since a victory over the Gators tomorrow is going to be hard to come by, I thought I'd post a video from a definite Bulldog victory--one of the most memorable wins in Georgia football history.  Actually, I wanted to post it two weeks ago during the week of the 80th anniversary of Sanford Stadium's dedication.  Admittingly, it has taken me this long to figure how to convert my DVD and post it on YouTube.

Coach Dooley gave me this 10-minute video a couple years ago, featuring Georgia vs. Yale on October 12, 1929--the Bulldogs' first game in Sanford Stadium.  Nearly three weeks ago, I posted about the game's details and events.  In this footage, you can hear the Redcoat Band playing "Glory, Glory," see it Yale's band marching through downtown Athens, and witness one of the greatest plays in Bulldog history--Spurgeon Chandler's fourth-quarter, 22-yard touchdown pass to Vernon "Catfish" Smith, resulting in the final six points of a 15-0 Georgia win, wherein every point was scored by Catfish.

At the 1:46 mark of the video, I swear I hear someone holler, "Down in front!"  Does anyone say that nowadays?  Also, midway through the video, both bands lead their respective teams onto the field in the pregame.  You don't see that very often.  Soon afterwards, you'll see approximately 10 or so men gathered at midfield.  Five of these individuals were the governors of Georgia, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, and Connecticut for part of the game's pregame dedication.  By the way, Georgia is in white tops, Yale in blue.  Enjoy...


13 comments:

Bulldog in Exile said...

I am speechless. This is awesome.

Anonymous said...

Terrific post! Thank you so much for this. One possible correction -- I think that is the Yale band marching though downtown Athens.

Patrick said...

Anon: Thanks for checking out my blog. On a closer look, I believe you are correct; it is Yale's band.

Robot said...

Aw, it's not showing any longer! Shoot a boot!

surferjoe1 said...

Patrick, thanks so much for posting this. You probably are aware that this almost certainly isn't original sound. It actually reminds me of the canned stuff they used to use on the coaches' shows.

Film with sound was still in its infancy in 1929 ("Jazz Singer" was 1928) and the dominant technology was still sound-on-disc, except (I think) for the Fox Movietone reels that were on film and began in 1928.

Great, great stuff- thanks again for sharing it!

Patrick said...

Glad y'all like the video. I've made it a fixed part of the blog and have posted it on the right panel. It can also always be viewed at YouTube.

surferjoe1: I thought there was a possibility the sound might be "fake." Thanks for the insight.

Left to Right said...

This is an important piece of UGA football history. Why was it in Dooley's personal possession rather than belonging to the UGA athletic dept.?

Patrick said...

If I remember correctly, Coach said someone gave him a copy of the video. I'll give him a call soon and find out where the video originated.

B Man said...

Is that the tiny beginning of the hedges I see?

Anonymous said...

My father was at this game, and I heard about it my whole life. He started taking me to games when I was a young boy in the mid-sixties - unfortunately he died before the 1980 season. He went to games at Sanford Stadium from 1929 - 1979. I have continued the tradition, and I have now been going to games there for over 40 years myself.

Thanks for posting this.

corbindawg said...

Very cool video.

It's like watching Georgia Tech play.

bentgrass said...

Sensational!!! Even with the immense passage of time one can clearly tell it is our beloved Sanford Stadium...just from the way the sun hits the field and the north side. One thing that is different is it appears the UGA team bench
is actually over on the North side since they are the team in white. By the way, they still say, "down in front" on the 18th green at the Augusta National on Sunday afternoon at The Masters.

Melynda said...

I happen to be selling a ticket to this very game! I searched for the date to collect information (since I wasn't actually born until 50 years later) and this video came up. If anyone is interested in seeing pictures of the ticket or possibly purchasing it, please email me.
melyndawhitaker@gmail.com