Athletics
THE COMMODORE HISTORY CORNER
by Bill Traughber

Nashville sports historian Bill Traughber offers an exclusive look at key moments in the history of Vanderbilt Athletics in a feature series titled "The Commodore History Corner." Send Bill your feedback at WLTraughber@aol.com.

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2014-15
October 22, 2014 - After hanging tough at Vanderbilt, Wilson enjoyed stellar NFL career
October 1, 2014 - Chris Gaines turns into tackling machine at Vanderbilt
September 16, 2014 - Looking back: The dedication of Vanderbilt Stadium
September 3, 2014 - Looking back at first game against Ole Miss in 1894
August 27, 2014 - Record-breaking Norman Jordan glad he stayed at Vanderbilt

2013-14
May 14, 2014 - Vanderbilt wins 1974 SEC title
April 30, 2014 - Harry Boss: Vanderbilt's forgotten All-American
April 16, 2014 - Stellar Vanderbilt pitching began with Sowers
March 19, 2014 - Duncan led Commodores to first two SEC baseball crowns
March 5, 2014 - Numerous no-hitters defined Vanderbilt baseball in 1971
February 19, 2014 - Vanderbilt opened Olympic, NBA doors for Jeff Turner
February 6, 2014 - High in demand, Rod Freeman was drafted by the NFL, NBA and ABA
January 22, 2014 - Looking back at Vanderbilt-Kentucky clashes
January 8, 2014 - Corey Smith experienced Globetrotter fascination
December 11, 2013 - Samantha pawed her way into a Memorial Gym favorite
November 20, 2013 - Vanderbilt defeated Vols twice in 1892
November 6, 2013 - All-American Horton helped lead Commodores to first bowl
October 23, 2013 - Lee Nalley perfected punt returns, shattered records
October 9, 2013 - Former Vanderbilt coach Bill Pace
September 25, 2013 - Walter Overton was an All-SEC receiver
September 11, 2013 - Elliott Jones led Commodores into football
August 28, 2013 - Vanderbilt part of Nashville's first pro team in 1938

2012-13
May 1, 2013 - Anderson coached track for 42 years
April 17, 2013 - Vandy's first title 40 years ago
March 20, 2013 - Barry Goheen: Mr. Memorial Magic
March 6, 2013 - Clyde Lee Day in 1966
February 21, 2013 - Mark Elliott was a fan favorite
February 7, 2013 - Wallace was first black player in SEC
January 23, 2013 - Heldman in first scholarship class
January 9, 2013 - Kevin Stallings chasing Roy Skinner's Record
December 12, 2012 - Melanie Balcomb was born to coach
November 28, 2012 - Vanderbilt plays twice in three days
November 15, 2012 - Whit Taylor was All-SEC QB
October 31, 2012 - Demmas was NFL official
October 17, 2012 - Jamie O'Rourke Former Rushing Leader
October 3, 2012 - Bobby Johnson looks back
September 19, 2012 - Healy goes from Vandy to NFL
September 5, 2012 - Q&A with George McGugin

2011-12
May 9, 2012 - JFK speaks on Dudley Field
April 25, 2012 - Bill Schwartz remembered
April 11, 2012 - Alvarez grateful for Vanderbilt experience
March 28, 2012 - Price credits Vanderbilt for success
March 14, 2012 - Vanderbilt SIAA champs in 1920
February 29, 2012 - Perdue reflects on his basketball career
February 15, 2012 - Jordan soars in Memorial Gym
February 2, 2012 - Drew Maddux recalls his career
January 18, 2012 - Adcock was VU's first scholarship player
January 4, 2012 - Barry Booker recalls his career
December 19, 2011 - Football nearly banished in 1898
December 7, 2011 - Vanderbilt's historic Parmer Field House
November 23, 2011 - Vandy's gridiron Rhodes Scholars
November 9, 2011 - Don Orr: Vandy QB to NFL official
October 26, 2011 - Poor officiating ends Vandy game in 1894
October 12, 2011 - Chuck Scott was an All-American
September 28, 2011 - Bucky Curtis was an All-American
September 14, 2011 - Vandy students' 1897 cheer banned
August 31, 2011 - Fred Pancoast recalls his career

2010-11
May 18, 2011 - Cubs Play at Vandy in 1912
May 11, 2011 - Bill Brown: Former track champion
May 4, 2011 - Memorial Gym hosted 1968 pro tennis
April 20, 2011 - Mike Willis recalls his career
April 6, 2011 - Q&A with Roy Mewbourne
March 23, 2011 - Vandy crowned baseball champs in 1921
March 9, 2011 - "Snake" recalls his career
February 23, 2011 - Commodores in the NBA
February 9, 2011 - Bargatze recruited Vandy's greats
January 26, 2011 - Historical and magical Memorial Gym
January 12, 2011 - Eddie Fogler recalls his career
December 29, 2010 - Dillard made Vanderbilt history
December 15, 2010 - Controversy puts Vandy in 1961 playoff
December 1, 2010 - Tom Henderson honored by TSHF
October 27, 2010 - A Ghost appears at Dudley Field in 1932
October 13, 2010 - Vanderbilt's canine mascots
September 29, 2010 - Former Vandy Coach Art Guepe remembered
September 8, 2010 - LSU parades into Nashville in 1934
September 1, 2010 - Vandy coach Jack Green remembered

2009-10
May 12, 2010 - Vandy's Field Day in 1893
April 28, 2010 - 1929 Cincinnati Reds visit Vandy campus
April 14, 2010 - Grantland Rice and early Nashville baseball
March 31, 2010 - Jim Thorpe visits Vanderbilt
March 17, 2010 - Vandy wins 1927 championship
March 3, 2010 - Jeff Fosnes recalls his career
February 17, 2010 - Mike Rhodes recalls his career
February 2, 2010 - Tom Arnholt recalls career
January 20, 2010 - Historical highlights in VU men's basketball
January 6, 2010 - Kevin Anglin recalls career
December 16, 2009 - Former Vandy player leads TSU
December 9, 2009 - Songs of Vanderbilt
November 11, 2009 - Dennis Harrison recalls career
October 28, 2009 - Philpot recalls Vandy years, 1948-51
October 14, 2009 - Vandy's 1899 game controversial
September 2, 2009 - Gerry DiNardo looks back on career

2008-09
May 13, 2009 - Vanderbilt's 1893 controversial season
April 29, 2009 - Fred Russell and Baseball
April 15, 2009 - Baseball actor visits the 1940 Commodores
April 1, 2009 - Vanderbilt Baseball shines in 1973 tournament
March 18, 2009 - Wyenandt recalls basketball days
March 4, 2009 - YMCA was Vanderbilt city rival
February 18, 2009 - Q & A with Roy Neel
February 11, 2009 - VU/UT first met in 1922
January 28, 2009 - C.M. Newton recalls career
January 14, 2009 - Bob Dudley Smith recalls career
November 19, 2008 - Vanderbilt shutouts Tennessee in 1964
November 5, 2008 - Pat Toomay talks about his career, Part 2
October 29, 2008 - Pat Toomay talks about his career, Part 1
October 8, 2008 - Former coach Bill Edwards remembered
September 24, 2008 - Vanderbilt's 1891 Baby Act?
September 10, 2008 - The history of Vanderbilt Athletics part 3
September 3, 2008 - The history of Vanderbilt Athletics part 2
August 27, 2008 - The history of Vanderbilt Athletics part 1

2007-08
May 21, 2008 - Vanderbilt Baseball history
May 7, 2008 - Blooper man has Vanderbilt connection
April 23, 2008 - George Archie was a Vanderbilt coach
April 9, 2008 - Q&A with Larry Schmittou
March 12, 2008 - Vanderbilt Was the First College to Play Basketball
February 27, 2008 - Q &A with Charles Davis
February 13, 2008 - Terry Compton Recalls VU Days
January 30, 2008 - Vanderbilt Basketball History
January 23, 2008 - Phil Cox Looks Back at Career
January 9, 2008 - Schmidt Recalls Vanderbilt Years
January 2, 2008 - Fred Thompson Was An Athlete
December 18, 2007 - VU's First TSU Game a Battle
December 5, 2007 - Stein Stone's Famous 1907 Catch
November 14, 2007 - Vandy Surprises Vols in 1937
October 9, 2007 - Red Sanders: Commodore Player and Coach
August 29, 2007 - Watson Brown - Always a Commodore

2006-07
May 23, 2007 - Tris Speaker Homers at Vanderbilt
May 16, 2007 - Kerby Farrell, Former Vanderbilt Coach
May 9, 2007 - Vanderbilt's First Athletic Events in 1886
May 2, 2007 - The Historic 1921 Vandy Baseball Team
April 25, 2007 - Former Vandy Coach Weicker Talks Career
April 18, 2007 - Joe Davis: Former Tennis Great
April 11, 2007 - Scotti Madison Talks About His Baseball Career
April 4, 2007 - Lamar Alexander: A Track Record Holder
March 28, 2007 - Herc Alley - A Vanderbilt Coaching Legend
March 21, 2007 - Vandy Makes Elite Eight in 1965
March 14, 2007 - Vandy Defeats Vols in NIT
March 7, 2007 - Rupp Puts Curse On Vandy
February 28, 2007 - Legendary Coach Roy Skinner
February 21, 2007 - Vanderbilt Upsets No. 1 Tar Heels
February 14, 2007 - First Vandy Pro Players
February 6, 2007 - Vandy's Men's and Women's 1909-10 Basketball Seasons
January 31, 2007 - Stella Vaughn Pioneered Women's Sports
January 24, 2007 - The Magic of Memorial Gym (Part 2)
January 17, 2007 - The Magic of Memorial is Historical
January 10, 2007 - VU Victorious in Madison Square Garden
January 3, 2007 - Bob Polk: Vandy Coaching Legend
December 27, 2006 - Y.M.C.A. Ramblers Were Vandy Rivals
December 20, 2006 - Vandy Basketball Began in 1893
December 13, 2006 - Vanderbilt Hosted High School Tournaments
December 6, 2006 - Commodores and Bisons Renew Rivalry
November 29, 2006 - Giants and Falcons Play in 1966 at Dudley Field
November 21, 2006 - JFK's Death Affects Nashville Sports
November 15, 2006 - Vandy Fights the Vols to a Tie in 1974
November 1, 2006 - Mordica Holds SEC Rushing Record
October 18, 2006 - Pop Warner Visits Dudley Field
October 11, 2006 - Vandy Shuts Out 1897 Opponents
September 27, 2006 - Bear Bryant Was A Commodore
September 20, 2006 - Steve Sloan Talks About His Career
September 06, 2006 - Vandy Upsets Tide in 1984
August 23, 2006 - Fred Russell Was A Vanderbilt Man



 

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