The First Homecoming Football Game

By on October 18, 2012

Football ticket cover from the UTEP Athletic Collection, MS 001.

1929 Football Squad, Flowsheet 1930

On Saturday November 9, 1929 the College of Mines and Metallurgy held its first homecoming football game at the El Paso High School stadium.  The El Paso Herald proclaimed that the game between the Texas Miners and the New Mexico Aggies should “be one of the hottest and most colorful football games ever played in El Paso.”  Interestingly, November 9 was also New Mexico A & M’s homecoming date, but the school agreed to an “away” game due to the “good game” that was expected.  Along with current students, many Miner alumni attended the game, which was dedicated to Dean John W. “Cap” Kidd.   According to the Herald, both teams’ bands “were to be on hand and many unique cheering stunts had been worked out by the Mines student body.” Ultimately, the Miners, under the direction of Coach Mack Saxon, beat the Aggies 8-0 in front of a crowd of around 2,000 people.  The highlight of the game “was the playing of J.W. “Dogie” Byrne, J.B. Andrews, and Capt. Jeff Campbell.”  The Herald additionally praised “the fine teamwork of the Miners.” Go Miners!

[Sources: El Paso Herald, November 8-11, 1929; UTEP Athletic Collection, MS 001; Flowsheet, 1930]

Abbie Weiser is the processing archivist at the C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department of the UTEP Library. She earned a BA in history from George Washington University, a MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin, and a MA in history from UTEP. She is certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists.