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Football Victory Award, October 23, 1926
Orchestra leader Joe Astoria donated the first cup awarded to the University of Miami after their first football victory against Rollins College, October 23, 1926. Pictured from right to left are Bob Stanton and Mary B. James, students; Harry Provin, director of athletics; and Joe Astoria.


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Football Victory Celebration
School spirit ran wild as students returned to campus from the January 1, 1946 Orange Bowl victory over Holy Cross. The game was a close one and the Hurricanes won on the last play of the game, 13 to 6, when Al Hudson intercepted a pass and returned the football eighty-nine yards for a touchdown.


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Gym Class, 1927
From the beginning, the University of Miami supported a variety of physical education and athletic activities. This class in 1927 practices outside the Anastasia Building


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Hurricane I Mascot, 1950
Hurricane I, the University's first official mascot, was presented to the school by student Bob Day. The mascot was sponsored by The Hurricane, the student newspaper. The presentation of Hurricane I, prior to the Miami-Florida Homecoming game in November, 1949, culminated a project begun weeks earlier, following a feature story on Day, who was the owner of Yale's famed bulldog mascot for ten years.   More information


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Hurricanette Practice Jump, 1954
Hurricanette Rhona Berube jumps high during a practice session with the University of Miami Band of the Hour.


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Orange Bowl Football Stadium
The Orange Bowl stadium has been home to the Hurricane football team since it was the Roddey Burdine Stadium in the 1930s. The Hurricanes won their first national championship in the Orange Bowl in 1983.


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Student Football Fans
This parade of student cars wound its way to a football game at the Orange Bowl. University and student support for the school's football program began in their first undefeated year. By the late 1930s, Hurricane games were drawing in excess of 10,000 fans. An interesting look at the ongoing debate concerning the importance of athletics in the budget cycle came in 1935. Miami supporters were enthusiastic about getting Red Grange as coach; he demanded a $7,500 annual salary. President Ashe vetoed the effort as the salary and implied emphasis were too much for him. His own salary at the time was about half that much.


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Student Welcome Football Team Home Parade, 1951
University of Miami undergraduates have always found creative ways to express their school spirit, such as the students pictured in this photograph. Following an impressive gridiron victory against Purdue University in 1951, UM students organized a welcome home parade for the victorious Canes. Purdue had recently defeated No.1 ranked Notre Dame, and a large crowd gathered at Miami International Airport to escort the victorious Hurricanes back to campus.

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