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SPORTS: List of top events in county missed one

Letter by David B. Harshman, Tacoma on Aug. 24, 2010 at 2:36 pm with No Comments »
August 24, 2010 2:36 pm

Re: “Top sporting events in Pierce County history” (TNT, 8-23).

Anyone who has ever truly researched the history of local sporting events will tell you that the football game played on Nov. 29, 1940, between West Coast power Gonzaga and small college power Pacific Lutheran College, was easily one of the top half dozen sporting events in Pierce County sports history.

It was played before one of the largest crowds ever to see a game in Tacoma, with somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 fans attending. It was an epic come-from-behind victory for PLC, 16-13, and thrust the Gladiators into the national spotlight. Between 1939 and 1941 they would win 18 straight games; many against what would be Division 1 opponents.

So miffed was Gonzaga that it wanted a rematch, which opened the 1941 season. Held again in Stadium Bowl before 22,000 fans, PLC again prevailed 26-13.

I would suggest that the writers of this article read pages 259-262 in the book “Playgrounds to the Pros” by Caroline Denyer Gallacci, Marc H. Blau and Doug McArthur. It tells in details of the football team at PLC between 1939-1941. Many consider it the greatest college football team of all time in Tacoma. Another contact would be Clay Huntington of KLAY.

It is an insult to place two teams from out of the state (osu vs usc) in the top let alone leave PLC vs Gonzaga out of the top 15!

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