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This was written by Tom Mattingly in 2009. I love reading about the General:
Sometimes sportswriters, even in the 1920s, come up with an idea that hits home years later.
The year was 1926. It was a Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 6. The baseball pennant races were in full swing.
That morning's Knoxville Journal contained this note on page 9, a "relatively obscure item," as Russ Bebb called it years later. It foreshadowed the excitement we see on campus today.
"…Coach Bob Neyland will gather his Vols at Shields-Watkins Field at 8 o'clock and start the Orange and White aspirants on the rocky road to glory."
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