USC Morning Buzz: Alumni Game Update

ALUMNI.SCRIMMAGE

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I never knew until a few days ago that USC’s 1961 spring scrimmage was actually a game that pitted USC against USC alumni football players. I wondered if this was a regular occurrence and discovered the USC v. USC Alumni was just a one-time meeting at the Coliseum in 1961.

Two USC star players I’ve highlighted recently — Marlin McKeever and Mike Henry — actually played in the game. I’m told two other USC stars and established NFL players, Jim Sears and Al Carmichael, also played. Pretty extraordinary when you think about it.

Wide receiver Hal Bedsole, who is in the College Football Hall of Fame, played for the actual USC team and was sent in for one play at quarterback. He ended up getting crunched between the helmets of McKeever and Henry.

“About two weeks later, I was hunched over like an old man,” Bedsole said. “I went to see a doctor and they did an X-ray. There were three holes in my stomach and they did surgery that night. It was a pretty good lick.

 “There were quite a few injuries on both sides.”

After that game, USC coach John McKay decided there would be no more alumni contests.

38 thoughts on “USC Morning Buzz: Alumni Game Update

  1. Sears and Carmichael stars of the ’52 team,great memories…injuries ’caused end to the idea,same as college all stars yearly game with NFL champs…

    • I remember what may have been one of the last College All Star games at Chicago’s Soldier Field. A ferocious lightening and thunder storm arose at Halftime and they cancelled the 2nd half.

  2. Note the infield dirt and the left field screen in front of tunnel 20. In 1961 the Dodgers were still tenants

    • They would normally leave the dirt infield down for football games till the baseball season ended then transplant grass in early October.

  3. Hal was the 1959 L.A. City Player of the Year as a Quarterback actually.

  4. THOSE NEW F UCLA UNIFORMS ARE TERRIBLE! Looks like someone spilled baby blue and copper paint together and rubbed their bare butt in it!

    • Why would it matter to a guy who parades around wearing a baby blue sweater with a bear on it?

      Dementia is in control!

    • Why would it matter to a guy who parades around wearing a baby blue sweater with a bear on it?

      Dementia is in control!

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