Fan Greg Gentry send us the stub and this game program cover. He had this to say:
“I have been now to something like 470 Alabama games. Not in a row…by my count I have missed 51 games since 1971 when I turned 10-years-old. That’s about the age that most young boys start playing youth league — I call it the year that football turned into technicolor, sort of like when Dorothy opens the house door when she lands in Oz. I have all my original stubs, save for the first four games (very young)– which I bought on eBay to “own” those stubs.
I am not trying to set any “record” by going…I’m sort of like Dick Coffey who went to 781 in a row up til his passing in 2013…he always said he just preferred to be at the stadium than anywhere else on a Saturday afternoon.
The only attendance “goal” I have is that a few years ago I calculated that if I could keep from missing more than 13 games in the next 25 or so years, that when Alabama plays their 1,500th game, that would be my 750th. I’m sure there are people who have been to 800 or so, but not many. It is just an adventure to me, and I am a miserable wreck when I watch the Tide in front of the TV.
Having gone so long, I have met a few interesting characters who share my interest in collecting artifacts. One man has every stub to every game going back to about 1930-something, and several before that. Another man who passed away last year had the same collection of programs (1930s til now)…including all but eight Bryant-coached programs from Maryland, Kentucky and A&M (and Bama).
I got this ticket stub a few years back off eBay, and I would run into a burning house to save it. It is a largely forgotten game we played in 1922 during Coach Xen Scott’s last year, but it is perhaps as big a win as the Rose Bowl…certainly the most prominent win at that time. Penn University (not Penn State) had beaten Navy that year, who was a powerhouse at the time. And Coach Scott had mouth cancer which took his life a year later. He wasn’t supposed to make the trip but he did, and Alabama pulled off a shocking 9-7 win on Nov. 4th, 1922 in Philadelphia.”