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Today in My History

2000:  Living Through History
2001:  Starting a Movement
2002:  Another Year, Another Rant
2003:  Forty Years Ago
2004:  Making a List, Checking It Twice
2005:  Oh, the Pressure!

2006: Doin' the Puppy Mash Again
2007: "A"!!
2008:  It's Not My Fault
2009:  Autumn in New York
2010:  "We Are All Around You"
2011:  Thanksgiving is Coming
2012: Square Peg, Round Hole

2013:  50 Years
2014:
Feeling Normal
2015  Getting Into the Holiday Spirit
2016: The Nut Tree
2017: Sex and Turkeys
2018:
Our Thanksgiving
2019: Grand Opening
2020: Sunday Stealing

Books Read in 2021
 Updated 10/29
"Wish You Well" by
David Baldacci

Theater Reviews
Updated 11/14
Titanic


My family

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The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Piñata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?
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THE AXE

22 November 2021

The Stanford Axe is a trophy awarded to the winner of the annual Big Game, a college football match-up between the University of California Berkeley and Stanford University. The trophy consists of an axe-head mounted on a large wooden plaque, along with the scores of past Big Games.

The Stanford Axe was originally a standard 12-inch lumberman's axe. It made its first appearance on April 13, 1899 during a Stanford rally when yell leaders used it to decapitate a straw man dressed in blue and gold ribbons while chanting the Axe yell (given 'em the axe, the axe, the axe," etc.)

The Axe made its second appearance two days later on April 15, 1899 at a Cal-Stanford baseball game played at 16th Street and Folsom in San Francisco. Led by Billy Erb, the Stanford yell leaders paraded the Axe and used it to chop up blue and gold ribbon after every good play by the Stanford team, while shouting the Axe yell. However, Stanford lost the game and the series, and the yell leaders debated if the Axe was a jinx and whether to dispose of it.

As Stanford students discussed the Axe's fate, a group of Cal students seized it and ran off with the Axe. It in turn was passed from student to student, and a chase ensued through the streets of San Francisco, first followed by Stanford students and fans and second followed by the San Francisco police. During the chase, the Axe's handle was broken off.

For the next 31 years, the Axe stayed in Berkeley as a prize of conquest. In 1930, 21 Stanford students plotted to take back the Axe from Cal.

Cal's protection of the Axe at the time was intense—it was kept in a Berkeley bank vault and brought out, in an armored car, only for spring baseball and Big Game rallies. The Stanford group decided that their best chance would be right after the spring Axe rally, held that year on April 3 at Cal's Greek Theatre.

After the rally, four Stanford students posing as photographers temporarily blinded Norm Horner, the Grand Custodian of the Axe, with camera flashes. In the subsequent scuffle, the Stanford students grabbed the Axe while several others disguised as Cal students tossed a tear gas bomb at the Cal students who guarded it. The Axe was taken to one of three cars which sped off in different directions. Several other Stanford students (disguised as Cal students) further delayed attempts to recover the Axe by organizing a search party away from the direction of the getaway cars. Although several of the raiders were caught, the Axe made it back to Stanford where it was paraded around the campus.

For three years after the raid on Berkeley the Stanford Axe lay in a Palo Alto bank vault while both universities decided what to do with it. In 1933, both sides agreed to designate the Axe as the annual trophy to be awarded to the Big Game's winner; in the event of a tie, it would be kept by the side already possessing the Axe.

Stanford has won the axe more times than Berkeley (48-36) but we keep hoping each year that this will be the year when we take it back.  I only attended one Big Game, in 1963, the week after Kennedy was assassinated (Stanford won that year). 

But we try to keep track of the game and this was the year Berkeley took the axe back.

I watched most of the game, which I don't normally do.  Char is on a cruise through the Panama Pacific Canal and I was sending her pictures of the game, as it became clear Cal was going to win.

At the end of the game, the crowd rushed onto the field for a celebration.

I really only attended Cal for 1-1/2 semesters so don't have the Cal pride that most of the Pinata group (all graduates) do, but I am very proud each year that Berkeley wins the game.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

 

 

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