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CALIFORNIA 20. Stanford o— and \
there you have in a nutshell the I
treat Thanksgiving football came
of '59. It took an hour and ten
minutes of actual play, two hours
counting the time taken out. but never i
for a moment after the contending '
t»&rr.« f.rst rame together was the re- ;
pult in doubt. It was plainly Berkeley's
game from th* start. A man with half
rin eye could see nothing else to it and
■ neither could ih* n.oters for th<» car-
dlnal. The initial scrimmage gave all :
the line necessary on the outcome.
After that it was only a question of !
how much? answered, when th~ whistle !
b>w, with five touchdowns and as
many goals tallied for Berkeley, to j
nothing for the boys frum Palo Alto,
It was a bitter pill f-«r Stanford to !
pwallow. although St had come pre- 1
pared for a hitter dose. Wjth Murphy, !
Its captain and crack quarter, a crip- '
pie and the majority of th? other m<>n
r.ew to the varsity, defeat was almost
conceded, but such a defeat, ods root- 1
ers and rattles, never. Punch thirty
holes through that strong cardinal lir.*?
Who ever had such a ridiculous idea?
Nobody had such an idea before the
pame. not even the most sanguine
Berkeleyites. until th*y found in actual
contest how strong they were and how
weak their opponents. Then they pro.
ceeded to find the holes in that line bo
often and so easily that, long before '
the efid of the first half, many believed
they would make it 50 or CO to 0 be- .
fore they quit.
It was a lopsided came, but It didn't ;
pet quite so bad as all that. After every
touchdown ajrair.st them, with their
W plucky captain getting weaker and
weaker from the awful ordeal through
which he was passing, with other of its '
champions rx>ir.g hammered Into help- '
Jetsness. Stanford faced the fo» with j
pritted teeth to battle afresh for
the honor of the university. The bat- \
tie the wearers of the red put up was ,
marvelous and it surprised and tired ;
their opponents. As the minutes parsed '
they grew more «and more desperate >
and early In the second ha!f. with more
than a third of the team replaced by j
colts, they played a same that, pre- j
sented earlier, might have materially ;
changed the tune. It was magnificent, j
but it was too late, mart's the pity.
The largest crowd, the gayest and i
most enthusiastic and best behaved of !
any that ever witnessed a football !
parr.c on this coast saw the great i
§ struggle. More than 17.000 seats I of
been sold In advance of the opening of j
the gates and a couple o/ thousand :
more admission tickets were handed i
out by the ticket sellers before play
commenced. As early as 12 Vclock j
crowds began pouring Into the many j
▼ *ates and overflowed Into the great;
stands on three sides of the gridiron, j
From the noon hour on till 2:30 o'clock,
the time set for the game, there was
a constant stream of holiday garbed |
The san Francisco Call
Tr.<*n and worrier., decked with cardinal
and with blue and gold streamers, with
red umbrellas and with sunshades
striped in the colors of California, with
horns and megaphones, bazoos and
rattles, with tin whistles and por.cn
and every other known invention for
the production of noise. Scarlet pen
nants fluttered defiance to pennants of
blue and gold, walking sticks were
decorated with ribbons of the rival
hues, hats were covered with the:ti.
neckties were made of them, bouton
nieres were fashioned of th^m. Flow
ers of the season were plentiful oa
many a fair bosom to declare that t^
thn-bbing feminine heart beneath pul
sated for one or the other team.
Over against the east had been raised
a mammoth stand for the direct ad
herents of the two universities. It
was 400 feet lons and seats rose t!er
on tier thirty from the ground. The
south half of this great stand had ber.-.
divided off for the Berkeley boys and
their friends, the north half for Stan
ford. It had been calculated to ho!d
COOO people and it did. every mother's
son and daughter of them. Great
streamers of cardinal bunting ran
southward from the center ar.d others
of blue and gold ran northward, to In
dicate that the occupants of seats were
the friends of the seats of learning be
neath whose colors they sat. Such a
precaution was entirely unnecessary.
Every one of the 3000 in the stand
set apart for California wore prom
inently on his or her person enough
blue and poM ribbon or hat or pennant
or all «hre* to dr^ss a ship. Likewise
with the Stanford section.
And. as if even this was not enough,
the yells. In the center of each great
section a large space had been reserved
for the organized rooters. It was hardly
necessary to reserve these spaces, be
cause the rooters were almost the first
of the great crowd to pour in through
the gates. They piled, the Berkeleyites
into their section, the cardinals into
theirs and the battle of wits began.
The boasts of California were answered
by the taur.:s of Stanford. The air was
full of "whisky wowwows." whatever
of a creation that is. and "give 'em the
ax." The Princeton yell for Garry
Cochran was hurled back by the Yale
hurroo for Chamberlain. Songs of vic
tory, of which the blue and gold felt
confident, were mingled with other ad
vance peans sung by the rooters from
Palo Alto. It was the hullabaloo of all
former football gatherings turned loose
at once, till the uninitiated were lost in
the riot of noises, unable to distinguish
what the university men were howling
about anyhow.
On the west fie a large grand stand
had been erected for the members of
the University Club. As they were from
both universities and all colleges, it was
not thought proper to decorate the
stand, leaving that matter to the per
sonal tastes of the holders of seats. The
result was a magnificent mixture of the

0 Indicates bail in California's possession.
0 Indicates ball in Stanford's possession.
t^— «^"^^^ Indicates advancement by runs.
\ this*
•he far ?;. ;
... ... Indicates advancement by kicks.
* $:.$: * * Indicates fumble.
.*^ r y^t^ /rH Gained by penalty.
Th* 1 light at this time waa n: ■
Hich up in
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and women cheering. Below in every f
direction people were moving, tin horns ;
were tootlne. bazoos were d/oning and j
all was excitement. It was a •.ball !
crowd such as San Franciscans had
road about but never seen till then. It
was the blood and the life and the
breath of the game soon to move upj
and down for its brief hour on the grid
More was added shortly before 2
o'clock, when the white uniformed :
Stanford band, headed by a warm
young drum major in specs, trotted
in at the northern end of the field to
march time to lend its airs to the en
couragement of the Stanford rooters.
A moment later the Berkeley band
marched in with a Sonsa measure from
the south side, and a musical duel be
gan to vie with the roots for the plau- I
dits of the crowd.
Above it all the sun shone out clear I
and warm, leaving In the air just that
suspicion of snapplness that lends
zest to such surroundings. It was an
ideal day for the forthcoming struggle.
It couldn't have been better if ordered. j
and even the kodak fiends, of whom |
there were a few. were not slow to i
take advantage of its opportunities. Xo j
wonder the rooters rooted and the spec
tators yelled. The Stanford drum ma- i
jor, specs and all. saw his chance and j
got. out on the grid to do a stunt with j
his stick all by his lonelles. while the
crowd looked on and applauded.
At 2:30 o'clock the tiny Berkeley mas
cot trotted across the field, and Al Lean
was seen to emerge from behind the j
scenes to test the bottled limewater he j
had brought all the way from Berkeley ;
for his lambs. It was suspected that i
Billy McLeod was doing a similar yeo- I
man service In his quarters for the !
abstemious cardinals.
It was past scheduled time for the
game, and shouts had been given for
everything and everybody, including
Presidents Jordan and Wheeler, who
had put in an appearance on the side
lines, and unmistakable yells were be- .
ing sounded for the two teams, when
the Berkeley men burst on the scene,
with Coaches Cochran and Kelly and
"Baby" Cadwallader.
And there was nothing but yells from
Berkeleyites for the next three or four
minutes, while the players ran the pig
skin up the field and down again for a
little warming. Then appeared the
Stanford men. led by Murphy, his float- i
ing ribs encased in corsets of steel, '
ready to do or die. And there was
nothing again but noise from the Stan
ford enthusiasts and more and oppos
ing clamors from California, rooters
vying with each other in their efforts
to split the heavenly difference.
There is an end to everything, how
ever, and the noise-makers toned down
to absolute silence as Captains Murphy
and Whipple got together In the center
of the field with Referee Goodwin and
Umpire King Dlxon to t,oss the coin
for choice of positions." After two trials «
and Judging merely from the actions
of Stanford's quarter that ho had won.
another yell went up from the red
decked crowd, the men from Palo Alto
lined up on the south half of the field,
their backs to the sun. for the opening
kick off. their foes from Berkeley facing
them. The whistle blew and. with a
godspeed yell from the great crowd,
the game was on.
With a run Murphy's Rood right foot
landed on the pigskin and away it
soared high toward the Berkeley goal.
Into the hands of "Locomotive" Smith
It dropped forty yards away. The rail
roader got on a full head of steam and
carried it back fifteen yards toward th«
enemy's territory before he was
downed. A few small gain* through
the line, a thirty-yard punt by Kaars
berg. a pretty tackle of Murphy by
Womble. a California player landing so
hard on the back of the fallen quarter
that cardinal rooters raised a hiss in
protest, a fake kick of Stanford pret
tily blocked and the Berkeleyites had
the spheroid well in Stanford territory,
th" weakness of the cardinals had been
shown, the strength of the blue and
gold was apparent and Whipple's men,
playing the finest kind of football, went
through holes and around ends enough
in the next six or seven minutes to
gain their first touchdown. There
seemed to be nothing to it but a littto
work against which Stanford seemed
unable to stand. Kaarsberg kicked his
first goal with ease and Berkeley had
6 to her credit and more a-comlng.
Smith did the same trick with Mur
phy's next klckoff and soon afterward
Stanford's first mishap occurred. In
a sharp scrimmage Fisher was cut on
the forehead and for •» moment it was
thought he was out of It. The doctor
got to him, however, with a bondage.
the plucky player was tied together
and, shaking hla head, started at It
again. More bucking of the Stanford
line, a rattling run around by Kaars
berg, with the finest kind of inter
ference from Hall, a run by that player
and another by Womb'.e and the pis
skin was dangerously close to Stan
ford's goaL In less than eight minutes
from the kickoff the Berkeleyites had
crowded It over for their second touch
down and Kaarsberg kicked it over the
sticks and made the score an even
dozen. . •'- '
The Berk rooters were fairly wild
at the wonderful work of their team
and made things hum with their voices
as their men got in position for another
btruggle. Stanford was i!esporate -»nd
the lunss of Its rooters save forth hol
low sounds meant to be encouraffln~.
Captain Murphy kicked oil wrickrdly.
but Kaarsberp, playing iike a -lemon,
was under him and punted back. Out
of the Bcrimmnse that followed Murphy
arose badly distressed and barely able
to gasp the signals to his men. It was
sought to Induce him to retire from
the came, but he shook his head and
refused to listen. The game pro

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