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Pep rally on Nov. 19 will mark a century of Big Games

STANFORD -- A historical pep rally celebrating the 100th anniversary of Big Game - the annual gridiron competition between Stanford and the University of California-Berkeley - will be held at Stanford on Thursday, Nov. 19.

A number of Stanford's football stars from the past half-century will be present to tell of their Big Games. Master of ceremonies will be Bob Murphy, familiar radio voice of Stanford sports.

The rally, open to the public and students without charge, will be held in Burnham Pavilion (Serra Street, across from Encina Hall) on the campus starting at 4:15 p.m. It is sponsored by the Stanford Historical Society and the Department of Athletics, and is an integral part of Stanford's Big Game week festivities.

The students' bonfire and Big Game rally will be held that evening at Lake Lagunita.

Early photos dating back to the first football game between Stanford and California on March 19, 1892, will be shown on a big screen.

This year's Big Game will be only the 95th, because football games were canceled during World Wars I and II.

The rich history of the game will be told by the athletes themselves, representing the decades in which they played, and Murphy plans to tell the stories of many of the memorable games.

Participants scheduled include:

  • Art Miller and Jim Trimingham, members of the Immortal 21, the group that in 1930 recovered the Stanford Axe from Berkeley in a daring feat that has become legend.
  • Alf Brandin, a member of the Vow Boys teams in 1933-35. Brandin is current president of the Stanford Historical Society.
  • Chuck Taylor, 1940-42, All-America guard, later Stanford football coach and director of athletics.
  • Gene Washington, 1966-68, outstanding pass receiver who later starred with the 49ers.
  • Jim Plunkett, 1968-70, Heisman Trophy winner, All America, Rose Bowl quarterback, pro star.
  • Guy Benjamin, 1974-77, All-America quarterback and current assistant coach.
  • Gary Tyrrell, legendary trombonist in the 1982 Big Game.
  • John Hopkins, who kicked the winning field goal in the 1990 Big Game.

The rally also will include the Stanford Band. Oldtime yell leaders will teach current non-yellers how to do the famous Axe yell.



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