Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Film of 1942 Vols

My friends over at the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS) have released some film of the 1942 Vols.

Vols from TAMIS on Vimeo.

Now the question is to see if I can identify which game this is. 

Here's what Shields-Watkins Field looked like in 1938 after the East Stands were constructed, adding 12,030 seats in 44 rows.

2014 UT Football Record Book

The next big expansion came ten years later with the construction of 15,000 seats in the south end zone.

So, the game film is from between 1938 and 1947.  I've asked TAMIS what they can tell me about the film reel, how they determined that it was from 1942.  Assuming that it was from that year, or perhaps a year before or after, let's see what was happening with the team.

John Barnhill was the new head coach and led the team to a 8-2 record in 1941 and a 9-1-1 record in 1942.  Due to the war UT did not field a team in 1943

2014 UT Football Record Book

Since it was a home game let's look at which teams UT hosted in 1942.
  • Fordham
  • Dayton
  • Furman
  • LSU
  • Cincinnati
  • Kentucky
This frame is from about 44 seconds into the film. 

I can't make out what the visiting team is on the scoreboard.  Could it be Fordham?

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