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OSU/UO Civil War


Saturday, November 24, 2012 (All Day Event)

 According to Oregon State's sports information department, the first reference to the OSU-Oregon football game as the "Civil War" appears to have been in a few newspaper articles preceding the 1929 game. For several years, the term continued to be used only sparingly in newspaper stories. By 1937, the term had come into fairly common use. A 1933 column by The Oregonian's L.H. Gregory said that former Oregon coach Capt. John J. McEwan (1926-29) had often called the annual Beaver-Duck clash "the great civil war." The 1938 Beaver yearbook, reporting on the '37 season, is the first OSU student publication to actually label the yearly dogfight between Oregon's two Division I schools the "Civil War."

 Click here to see the top 10 list of Civil War Game History as compiled by the OSU Alumni Association.


Robert Peckyno
History Department
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