I'm an author in Oregon and have lately been documenting forgotten or unknown eras of Oregon athletics on your sister sbnation site, Addicted To Quack. I'm digging into Oregon pre-history lately, and am looking for any information (clippings, references, photos, comments, etc) on your 1929 Gators team.
Specifically, I'm interested in what led up to the season-ending Oregon vs Florida game on 12/7/29 in Miami, the joint private-car train trip for both teams from Jacksonville to Miami, and any "whatever happened to" details of players like Charlie Crabtree, Red McEwen and Homer Seay.
It's an interesting story from several angles. This was the first, and so far the only, time the schools have met on the field. The stadium promised by Miami promoters of the game didn't even see construction begin until August or September, because apparently nobody wanted it in their back yard. The "Webfoots" took a 3700 mile, 14-day train trip from Portland to Miami via Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Atlanta, playing two games on the way. And as far as I know, this was the first time a team from the west coast played a current SEC team (still a rare occasion).
The game was a Big Deal in Miami; it may have been the first major college game ever played there, and sparked interest in what would eventually become the Orange Bowl.
Any help will be greatly appreciated and fully attributed.
Thanks in advance. Maybe we'll see you in Glendale next year, for the second Oregon-Florida game..