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Rice All-American Has A Heck of A Game

Dickie Maegle, former all-sport star at Taylor, carried the ball only five times in the September 26, 1954 football game against Cornell but made the most of his opportunities by scoring four touchdowns and accounting for 178 yards. 

The Rice All-American is most remembered for a bizarre play in his final college appearance — the 1955 Cotton Bowl.  Maegle was sailing down the sideline on a 95-yard TD dash, when a member of the Alabama team came off the bench and tackled him.  The Forty-Niners picked him in the first round of the 1955 draft, but Maegle lasted just six seasons in the NFL.

Schoolboy Rowe Took The Batters To School

In just his second season with the Detroit Tigers, Lynwood “Schoolboy” Rowe won 16 games in a row en route to a 24-8 record in 1934.

When his right arm was healthy, the Waco native was nearly unhittable.  He also was one of the most popular major-league players of all time.  Read all about Schoolboy in the Wednesday, September 17 through Tuesday, September 23 installment of “This Week in Texas History.”

The First Great Tennis Player From Texas

Wilmer Allison upset Fred Perry, number one in the world, in the semi-finals of the National Singles Tennis Championship on September 8, 1935 and went on to win the title the next day in straight sets over Sidney Wood.

The Forth Worth native was the national college champion in 1927 and won the Wimbledon doubles crown twice with partner John Van Ryn.  He returned to his alma mater after World War and coached the University of Texas tennis team from 1946 until 1972, the last 15 years as head coach.

The Best Golfer You Never Heard Of

The sky appeared to be the limit for Ralph Guldahl, when the Dallas golf professional won his second consecutive U.S. Open on June 11, 1938.

Just three years earlier, Guldahl had given up the game to sell cars.  But he got his head straight and his swing back to win two Opens in a row in 1937 and 1938 and the Masters in 1939.  By the time the war ended, however, so had the erratic golfer’s career.  Guldahl spent the last 27 years of his life as a country club pro in California before his death at 75 in 1987.

“Clubfooted Comet” Wins Triple Crown

The Wednesday, May 7 through Tuesday, May 13 installment of “This Week in Texas History” tells the story of Assault, the 1946 winner of horseracing’s Triple Crown and the first bred outside of Kentucky.

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Big-League Pitcher Knew When To Walk Away

Proving he was in top-notch pre-war form, Boston Red Sox pitcher “Tex” Hughson won his third start in thirteen days on April 29, 1946.

That is how  the “This Week in Texas History” column for Wednesday, April 23 through Tuesday, April 29 begins.  The Buda/Kyle native was the dominant right-hander in the American League at his prime, but his arm gave out on him before he could pitch his way into the Hall of Fame.

Two-Sport Star Died a Hero on Iwo

That’s the title of the “This Week in History” column for the week of Wednesday, March 5 through Tuesday, March 11, and it’s all about the Marine who is one of only two NFL football players and one of only two professional baseball players awarded the Medal of Honor.

Jack Lummus was an All-Southwest Conference end on the gridirion and the best centerfielder on the diamond for Baylor on the eve of the Second World War.  He played a little minor-league baseball and a full season with the football Giants before going off to fight the Japanese.

1957 Sugar Bowl This Week’s Texas History Column

Their 8-2 season record and national ranking earned the Bears of Baylor an invitation to the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day 1957.

Baylor faced heavily favored Tennessee, undefeated and untied champions of the Southeastern Conference.  To see how this historic clash turned out be sure to read the “This Week in Texas HIstory” column for Wednesday, January 1 through Tuesday, January 7.

Kyle Rote’s Cousin Also Shined on the Gridiron

The “This Week in Texas HIstory” column for the week of Wednesday, December 18 through Tuesday, December 24 is about the lesser known Rote — Tobin.

The cousins were born eight months apart and blossomed into football stars at different high schools in San Antonio.  Kyle went onto SMU, where he shared the backfield with the immortal Doak Walker and twice earned All-America honors.  Tobin chose Rice and quarterbacked the Owls to a Southwest Conference championship his senior.  He played 16 years in the pros and became the only QB to win both an NFL and AFL title.

Paul Tyson Built High School Football Dynasty in Waco

Paul Tyson’s Waco Tigers scored 19 touchdowns in 124-0 rout of Houston Jeff Davis in the quarter finals of high school playoffs on December 3, 1927.  Whipped Sherman 59-0 in the semi’s, beat Abilene 21-14 in the finals for fourth state championship in six seasons and won unofficial national title with 44-12 victory over Latin HIgh of Cleveland, Ohio.

Tyson, who turned down many college offers to stay in Waco, coached 27 consecutive teams with winning records.  But in 1942 the school board voted unanimously to fire him after a disappointing 8-2 showing.