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Champions of Nation Ride in Big Parade; Banquet to End Fete for ‘Five-Man’ Team

By Charles L. Dufour
The Morning Tribune

Originally published in The Morning Tribune in New Orleans on July 13, 1933

Louisiana State’s “five-man” track team will be given New Orleans’ salute today for its amazing performance in winning the National Collegiate track and field title a month ago.

Captain Al Moreau, “Slats” Hardin, Matt Gordy, “Baby Jack” Torrance and Nathan Blair – the five boys who piled up 58 points to beat out Southern California – and their coach, Bernie Moore, will ride in a parade late this afternoon and tonight will be given a testimonial banquet at the Roosevelt hotel.

Colonel Joe Gumbel, impresario of the celebration has arranged for the city of New Orleans to present a handsome trophy to L.S.U. and individual awards to the track athletes who brought the first national track championship to the South.

College men from all of America’s leading institutions will take part in greeting the championship Bengals. Included in the colleges that will be represented are L.S.U., itself, Tulane, Loyola, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Missouri, Dartmouth, Cornell, Michigan, Wisconsin, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Bowdoin, Auburn, Georgia, Oregon, Texas, Colorado, Mississippi State, V.M.I. and Virginia.

The parade will form at Elks Place at 5 p.m., and the route will be in Canal street to St. Charles, up St. Charles to Lee Circle where the presentations will be made with Judge William H. Byrnes presiding.

Then, at 7 p.m., the banquet will be held in the Tip Top room at the Roosevelt hotel. Tickets for the banquet may be had at S. Gumbel and Co., 838 Gravier street.

The five L.S.U. boys who made history for the Ole War Skule were magnificent that June night in Soldier Field.

“Slats” Hardin, with a 22.9 low hurdles race and a 47.1 second quarter mile – both world record marks – accounted for 20 Tiger points. “Baby Jack” Torrance, with a new world’s record of 52 feet 10 inches in the shot and a third place heave in the discus, accounted for 16 Bengal points.

Matt Gordy, who astonished everybody with a 14 foot vault – almost eight inches higher than his best previous mark – in the inch when it meant the meet for L.S.U., brought nine points into the coffers – a tie for first place. Captain Moreau, with a second in the high hurdles and a sixth in the lows, turned in nine valuable points and Nathan Blair’s fourth place in the javelin accounted for four important points, too.

Senator Huey Long is slated to participate in the welcome to the Tigers and movie cameras will be on hand to send the picture all over the country.



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