Georgia’s Sanford Field Stadium Opener – Yalies Bitten on the Nose By Baby Pugs

Few people outside the Athens campus these days remember the historic connection between the University of Georgia and Yale, but the ties between the two schools date back to 1786, when the Yale graduate Abraham Baldwin was installed as the Peach State University’s first president. Much of its early architecture and curriculum was modeled after its New Haven inspiration, and when the “blue” Bulldogs traveled down to Athens on a warm and sunny October afternoon in 1929 to share in the dedication of Sanford Stadium, it was like inviting your father to your graduation.

Only this wasn’t what you would call the friendliest of graduation ceremonies, at least from the Yale Eleven’s point of view. The New York Times reported that “the Yale attack was stopped dead in its tracks all afternoon by the hard charging of the Georgia forwards.” After a scoreless first quarter the “red” Bulldogs scored quickly to take a 7-0 lead into the locker rooms, and never gave the Yalies even a sniff of the end zone, adding another touchdown and a safety for a final score of 15 to 0. All-American end Vernon Smith was the Georgians’ star of the day, accounting for both touchdowns and the sole extra point.

The program design was a combination of several artwork trends that were often featured in the cover illustrations of the 1920s. You see the stadium with pennants being waved by the crowd, with the two bulldog mascots at the bottom being framed by photographs of the two captains, the Georgians’ Joe Boland and the visitors’ Waldo Greene. It was a perfect souvenir for a glorious day that will never be forgotten by the few surviving fans lucky enough to be there.

Click here to buy a poster of this program cover.

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