Vol 8, No 313
November 9, 1974
Baylor beats Texas 34-24 in a Shocker!
Believe in Miracles!
On this date in 1974, 43,000 fans at Baylor Stadium in Waco watched the Baylor Bears score 27 unanswered points in the second half to beat the Texas Longhorns 34-24. Baylor had not beaten Texas in 18 years!
Coach Grant Teaff was carried off the field, goal posts were dismantled, and the scoreboard remained on all night as fans celebrated in the stands and in the streets.
Earlier in the season, Baylor defeated previously unbeaten Oklahoma State. The week after that, Baylor came from a 17-0 halftime deficit to beat Florida State 21-17. At Arkansas with 2:30 left, Baylor was down 17-14, but managed to defeat the Razorbacks. Flying back from Fayetteville, the pilot announced that so many fans were waiting at the airfield that it might be difficult to land.
After defeating TCU, Baylor had to face Texas, and face they did beating Texas 34-24. By Thanksgiving, Baylor had clinched the Southwest Conference Championship and earning a trip to the Cotton Bowl, the first time in 50 years.
Hughes Airport opens in Houston
On this date in 1942, Houston airport is renamed Howard Hughes Airport and during the war effort will be used for training women pilots who will transport aircraft from factories to bases in the United States.
State Capitol burns in Austin
On this date in 1881, the second State Capitol building burned. Construction will begin on a third capitol in 1882. This one will be build of Texas pink granite, and have a dome which will rise taller than the dome of the US Capitol in Washington.
Frank Robinson receives Medal of Freedom
WASHINGTON DC (2005)
On this date in 2005, Beaumont born, Frank Robinson was awarded the 2005 Presidental Medal of Freedom. In his address, President George W Bush honored Robinson by saying "In the game we love, few names will ever command as much respect and esteem as the name of Frank Robinson."
In 1966, Robinson earned baseball's "triple crown", most homeruns (49), most runs batted in (122), and the highest batting average (.316). The triple crown is such a rare achievement, only one player, Carl Yastrzemski, has done it since.