Gamecock Gala 4
We were proud to be a part of the University of South Carolina's
Bicentennial Celebration in 2001 and helped stage a look back at the
school's sports history. The Letterman's Lounge in Williams Brice
Stadium was transformed into a museum-for-a-day with memorabilia
stretching back as early as 1920.
Original paintings of USC's 100th Anniversary All
Time Teams as well as the Heisman Trophy were exhibited.
The 1980 Heisman Trophy was
featured with a mural of George Rogers in the background allowing fans
pose and take pictures with college football's most famous award!
There were large
crowds of Gamecock fans in attendence to view the museum display!
The Bi-Centennial sports
display featured stuff....
...and more STUFF!!!
There were lots of game used
equipment and trophies on display related to former Gamecock standout's
college AND professional careers!
Several generations of Gamecock football were
represented alongside this tribute to USC Hall of Famer STEVE "THE
CADILLAC" WADIAK. The display included a game worn retired number
uniform as well as Steve's cleats!
The above display featured
memorabilia from the 43 year career of Gamecock legend BOB FULTON.
The event was a great
opportunity for fans to view some of the more recent trophies won by
USC's baseball, basketball, track, softball and soccer teams to name a
This display featured only a
small but impressive assortment of trophies and equipment from JOYCE
COMPTON and the Lady Gamecocks softball team successes. The
uniforms shown in this display were worn by (l-r) TIFFANY JOHNSON and
Tiffany is a member of the USC
Hall of Fame and Tiff will be inducted in August 2006. To find out more
about this year's Gamecock Hall of Fame inductees or to get tickets
please click on Tiff's image. This year's Hall of Fame class includes
This display was a tribute to USC soccer programs and featured
some of MARK BERSON's trophies including the trophy from the Gamecock's
appearance in the National Championship game!
This display featured
an assortment of artifacts that relected players from the 1970s. The
jersey at the top was worn
by CLARENCE WILLIAMS in route to 1000 yards in 1975. The uniforms at the
lower right and left are Milwaukee Bucs uniforms belonging to BRIAN
WINTERS and MIKE DUNLEAVEY. Brian's number 32 uniform was retired
after his playing days with the Bucs. Mike's career went from a player
to being a Head Coach and General Manager in the NBA.
The center of the display
featured several items from the career of JEFF GRANTZ, USC's Quarterback
of the Century. Included were Jeff's team MVP award, a crystal trophy
for being named to USC's All Time Team and his helmet! The photo of Jeff
from his baseball days is shown along with a game ball from the
Gamecock's victory over N.C.State in the NCAA Baseball Regionals that
sent the Cocks to Omaha for the first time!
There were two displays
that included memorabilia for USC Track. This one included images
ranging from Scooter Rucks to upcoming Hall of Fame inductee Terrance
Trammell. The letter sweater in the center belonged to HOFer BILLY
GAMBRELL. Besides being two time ACC Back of the Year, was also the ACC
Long Jump Champion!
As always, George Rogers was
very generous and brought many super items for a display tribute to the
USC, State of South Carolina, State of Georgia and College Football Hall
Featured in this
display are the Gamecocks's top two all-time leading scorers: B.J.
MACKIE and ALEX ENGLISH. Alex is a member of the Naismith Basketball
Hall of Fame and is one of Pro Basketball's All-Time leading scorers!
B.J. is to be inducted into the
Hall of Fame this fall!
Greats...College and Pro! This
display included uniforms worn by Hall of Fame inductees ROBERT BROOKS
and BOBBY BRYANT. Both Gamecock stars had successful professional
careers... Brooks with the Cheese Head Green Bay Packers and Bryant with
the Vikings in the days of the famed Purple People Eaters.
On hand for this Bi-Centennial
Gamecock Sports Spectacular were a number of Gamecock football greats to
meet the fans and to sign autographs. The autograph line was around the
room and out the door!
The players seem to have enjoyed
it as much as the fans! Here we see USC Hall of Fame legends JEFF GRANTZ
and BOBBY BRYANT signing for the fans.
autograph guests spanned generations of the USC faithful in attendance.
Several of the guests were members of the USC Hall of Fame including
ALEX HAWKINS, DOM FUSCI and BOB FULTON.
Hall of Famer HAROLD GREEN is
seen here with MIKE SAFRAN while they check out Harold's black game
included memorabilia from some of USC's basketball legends with a
tribute to COACH FRANK McGUIRE at the center. To the left and right are
game uniforms and Hall of Fame plaques from MARTHA PARKER HESTER and
SHEILA FOSTER. Both of these Lady Gamecocks had their jersey numbers
retired after completion of their careers at Carolina.
I think that
Coach would have been honored to be hanging out with women of this
This display was a
shout-out to MiIKE HOLD and the 1984 Black Magic Gamecock squad. The
centerpiece of this display was the a photo featuring Hold presenting
the game ball at the conclusion of the 1984 Carolina v Clemson game in
Another standout of the Black
Magic team was DEL WILKES. Del was selected to the Kodak All-American
team and later wrestled professionally as "The Patriot". The Patriot was
recreated as an action figure with the package listing "Columbia, SC" as
his home. How many Gamecocks have had their own action figure!
There was a surprise visit by COACH LOU HOLTZ who enjoyed a special
tour of USC's past seen above with ROBBIE GARFIELD.