History of Athletics (from 1892 Pandora – 1st football game)

From the 1892 Pandora about UGA’s first baseball and football games:


IT IS AMUSING indeed to hear the older students tell the tales handed down by tradition of how the late Jno. C. Rutherford when in college exercised regularly with a pair of twenty-five pound dumb bells, and how on one occasion when unusually exhilarated, he threw one of them entirely over the Richardson building, a height of forty feet and more. This and other marvelous tales of bygone days, tradition records and bears to generation after generation.

Athletics, however, can practically be dated from a very recent period. Four years ago the Trustees realizing the importance of Athletics in college passed a resolution set ting aside the first Monday in May as an annual Field Day. To show their appreciation of this the students organized what was nominally an Athletic Association. It lacked, however, that spirit of enthusiasm in Athletic sports which is absolutely essential in an organization of this character.

It was not until the fall of 1890, that there was awakened among the students the proper spirit of enthusiasm. At this time Dr. Charles Herty came to the University as Instructor in Chemistry, and the whole success of our Association is due entirely to him. His first step was to call a mass meeting of the students, at which meeting the Association was reorganized, constitution and by-laws adopted (which were very brief) and the following officers elected: President, Dudley Youngblood; vice president, John Boston; secretary and treasurer, Frank Harwell; executive committee, Charles Herty, chairman; J. E. Whelchel, P. D. Youngblood.

During that year the present gymnasium was purchased from the Macon Volunteers for $300, the last payment on same having been made about two months ago. This gym nasium was put up in a building on the campus, and baths, lockers, &c., added.

On the field the athletics were carried on to a greater extent than ever before. A record of Field Day for this year will be seen elsewhere. A base ball league was found and a series of games played resulting in the Sophomore class taking the pennant, A. O. Halsey and B. R. Nalley being the battery for this team.


By far the most important event in Athletics during the year ’90-’91 was the Universities game with Oxford. A special train left Athens Saturday morning carrying the crowd, the ball boys having gone over the evening before.

Bob Gantt and Big Smith were on hand with their ” One stike, two strikes, three strikes, out.” “One strike, two strikes, three strikes, out.”  “Saw my leg off,” and a thousand such hacking songs. There was Raph too, when Oxford was way ahead, betting two to one for the University. These with the college yells did almost as much to win the game as the fine playing of the team, with Herty in the box and Wadley behind the bat.

The University could not be beaten in a match game, and when in the last inning the score of twelve to eleven was made, the boys went wild, carrying Little Herty, Billy Gramling and Wadley off in their arms.


The fall was occupied in practicing and training the foot ball team.

With absolutely no assistance but a book of rules, and their own unyielding energy, they went to work and learned the game thoroughly and well. On January 30th the Mercer boys came over on a special train bringing about two hundred students and citizens of Macon along with them. But the crimson and black, together with the powerful influence of Bob Gantt’s mascotte in the shape of a goat, proved too much for the Macon lads. They went back that night sadly thinking how ” It might have been,” but it wasn’t. The score in this game was fifty to nothing in favor of the University.

Excerpts from the 1938-39 UGA Student Handbook

A sub to the Athens-Banner Herald was a mighty 13 cents a week.

You could buy raw milk at Hodgson’s Pharmacy.

Harmon Caldwell was the UGA President.

Steadman Sanford was the Chancellor.

Georgia Motors stood where the Pike house stands today.

Uni0n Bus Station stood where The Grill stands today.

Dick Ferguson’s men clothier was already in business.

Wally Butts was just an asst. coach on the fb team.

Then Dean of Freshman, William Tate, was also head coach of the cross country team.

Every full-time student was given honorary membership into the Athletic Association and a free sub to the official newspaper of the AA, The Red & Black.

All freshmen “proficient in athletics” are encouraged to try out for UGA’s Varsity teams.

An entire section dedicated to “Cheers and Yells.” Among the yells are “Glory, Glory!,” “Reck Teck,” and “Going Back (to Athens Town).”

All phone numbers are in ads are listed as only 4 digits–every Athens phone number had the same 3-digit prefix.

The very first section of the handbook?…Religion.

The longest section in the handbook?…Religion.

There is but one paragraph in 168 pages regarding women’s athletics.

Yet, Marjorie Mann was the Student Body President.

There were University Holidays to recognize Confederate Memorial Day as well as Robert E. Lee’s birthday.

“FRESHMEN RULES”: ‘1) All freshmen must wear their red caps from the day of registration until the Christmas holiday…2) Freshmen must not pass under the Arch at the entrance of campus…3) When you pass a GEORGIA MAN on the street, the true Georgia spirit bids you speak to him.’

There are rules of sportsmanship that all participants in UGA athletics, both Varsity and intramurals, must adhere to.

“Learning the scriptures of the Bible are essential to a complete education.”

Lastly….”The University of Georgia has over a century of traditions and honors. Each class, and each individual, contributed to this background. A higher type of state, national, and world citizenship must exist because of what you contribute to The University of Georgia.”

Thanks to HacksawDawg for this information!

The Porno Pinata Story

Dirty Dogs give Fred Fits
The Athens Observer, p. 13 on Thursday, November 11, 1976
By Phil Sanderlin

The infamous "Porno Piñata"

The infamous “Porno Piñata”

Say the word “Mexico” to different persons and you’ll suggest a variety of mental images. Some will think of tamales and tacos and delicious Mexican food. Others will think of dark-eyed senoritas, or the lively music of the mariachi bands. Some will think of the Alamo or the daring exploits of Pancho Villa. Fred Brown will think of 250 pornographic piñatas.

Brown, a student affairs advisor with the University of Georgia, calls the buying of 250 bulldog piñatas “probably the biggest faux pas I ever made.”

A piñata is a paper mache figure, usually in the shape of an animal. In Mexico, the piñata is used as a game at Christmas parties. The figure is filled with toys and candy. A blindfolded child tries to hit it with a stick. If he succeeds, the piñata will burst open and the goodies inside will fall out for everyone to enjoy.

“Back in 1973,” said Brown, “I noticed that at the International Gift Bazaars the Union has at the end of Fall Quarter, piñatas were a very popular item. We couldn’t keep them in stock. The best came from a company in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They were real piñatas made in Mexico.”

Seeing how well the piñatas sold, Brown got what seemed at the time to be a brilliant idea. “Boy, I thought, we’ll make bulldog piñatas. Have them specially made by this company in Albuquerque in the image of the Georgia mascot,” said Brown.

He contacted the company, sent a copy of Uga, the bulldog, to the company and had 250 bulldog piñtas made up and sent to Athens. At this point, the piñatas began to cause trouble.

“We didn’t consider the shipping cost,” said Brown. “The piñatas were sent ten to a box in a container as big as a refrigerator carton. It took a train to bring the things here. That was an extra $600 right there.”

Next, the cursed piñatas refused to attract buyers. People liked piñatas that looked traditional and Mexican, in the shape of a bull or a burro. The bulldogs were too Americanized. “We sold three the first day of the bazaar,” said Brown, “Then two were brought back. We started off with a price of $5.95 each, just to make up for the extra cost in shipping. Then we marked them down to $4.75, then $3.00, but nobody wanted them.”

The 250 bulldog piñatas were stored in a room in Memorial Hall. Brown thought the piñatas had embarrassed him all they could, but he was wrong. The worst was yet to come.

“A grammar school teacher called me up,” Brown said. “She asked if she could have a piñata for her class’ Christmas party.” This seemed to be a ray of hope. If the teacher
liked the way the children enjoyed the pinata, she might tell the other teachers to buy the rest.

“She called me back after the party,” said Brown, “and she wasn’t too happy. The kids were picking up the paper and saying, “Gee, Teacher, what’s this? What are the man and woman doing?” She was rather upset. We looked into some of the others but they were just stuffed with ordinary paper. So not all of them are pornographic piñatas.” Since it can’t be determined how many are, however, no more of the bulldog piñatas have been given away to children’s groups.

Brown has been needled about the piñatas for the past three years. “Those piñatas are my albatross,” he said. “They’ll follow me to the grave.”

If the memory will continue to haunt Brown, the physical presence of the ill-fated piñatas will not. “At this year’s International Gift Bazaar,” he said determinedly, “we’re going to move these things. We may have to admit we’ve lost the money and sell them for a lot less. But we will get rid of them, if we have to lose money.”

Brown invites all students and interested citizens to come to the Bazaar on November 21, 22, and 23rd in Memorial Hall. “Everyone should have a bulldog piñata,” he said. “There are only 250 left, a limited collector’s edition.”

Thanks to CyberDawg (Kent) for supplying this article and photo.

Get off that couch and experience life in Athens

By Shelly Arcand, The Red & Black, Spring 1994

Athens is unique. It’s the only place I know where sofas belong in front yards, golf visors are worn at night, Waffle House has a waiting list, class notes can be bought downtown, and you can get a condom and a coke out of the same machine in your dorm.

UGA is about more than classes, it’s an experience that you’ll treasure your entire life. You know, I’m only beginning my third quarter at UGA and already it feels like home.

What is it about Athens that gets in your blood and intoxicates you with its sweet Southern comfort?

Maybe it’s the beauty of North campus and the way it feels to sit on its grass and halfway study before class. Or it could be that we’re all experiencing our first taste of freedom along with 25,000 other people our age…piling in a jeep with six of your friends and riding around town on a sunny afternoon… catching your favorite local band downtown and knowing day soon they’ll be famous…hanging out on the porches of Son’s and Steverino’s until sundown on Friday… spending more time trying to figure out the library than you do actually researching… making a futile attempt at catching a bus at the Tate Center at noon on a rainy day… trying at all costs to avoid the dreaded 7:50…occasionally getting the professor that tries to know you instead of just a number… scanning The Red & Black to see who got a DUI, and laughing at the guy who was arrested for singing Dixie in his underwear drunk on a roof… stopping and realizing when you’re out with your best friends that these are the people that will one day be in your wedding.

I never realized the truth in the t-shirt about Athens that says it’ll “get in your blood and stay forever.” Maybe it’s the football games – finding a date, dressing up, trying to stomach a Beam and Coke at 11am after a Friday night that began at Uptown happy hour, and recognizing that same excitement in the eyes of the alumni who keep coming back year after year, joining their old friends and reliving their time here at UGA.

Our time here is short; make the most of it. Don’t spend your spare time playing Sega on a couch. When your kids ask you what you got out of your college career, have a better answer than, “Well, I can play a mean game of electronic PGA Golf.”

Get to know Athens, the people in it, the best restaurants, the great places to go camping, hiking, and laying out. We’re only here four or five years (some people six or seven, if they know how to work their parents). Soon we’ll be making road trips TO Athens instead
of from it, joining OUR old college buddies: still dressing up for the games and still scanning the crowd for familiar faces. But you know what, by then we’ll be dressing differently and the familiar faces will be scarce. We’ll look over into that students section and remember when… when it was our time here and how quickly it came and went.

We’ll wonder about all those people we used to know; where are they now? Are they successful? What about that person I had a crush on, is he married or bald? Yes, we’ll lose touch with most people and names will be forgotten, but you’ll always have your close friends from UGA. You’ll write, talk on the phone, play bridge or poker on Tuesday nights and most of your conversations will begin with these two special words which will have the power to make you laugh or cry or simply smile – “remember when.”

Anti-Orange note: I clipped this article out of The Red & Black my junior year. I think this was the second best thing I ever read in The Red & Black. The best was the police report when the frat guy was arrested for singing “Dixie” on top of a roof at three in the morning.