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UK brings home the Beer Barrel, 1962

Posted on November 15, 2014 | in Uncategorized | by
The Kentucky Wildcats arrived at Blue Grass Field Nov. 24, 1962 with the trophies of their 12-10 victory at Tennessee -  the game football and the Beer Barrel. The Beer Barrel would go to the winner of the annual game between the SEC schools. The blue and orange barrel resided at the home of the winning team from 1925 until 1998, when it was discontinued after an alcohol-related car crash involving Kentucky players. At the time it was retired, the barrel had been in UT’s possession since 1985. The players in the picture are, left row, bottom to top, Clarkie Mayfield, whose two field goals decided the game; Darrell Cox, who scored Kentucky's lone touchdown; Ray Heffington and Frank Sakal; right row, bottom to top, Herschel Turner, holding the beer barrel, Jim Hill, Jim Komara and Jerry Woolum.

The Kentucky football team arrived at Blue Grass Field on Nov. 24, 1962, with the trophies of their 12-10 victory at Tennessee: the game ball and the Beer Barrel. The Beer Barrel would go to the winner of the annual game between the SEC schools. The blue-and-orange barrel stayed at the home of the winning team from 1925 until 1998, when an alcohol-related crash killed a Kentucky player and an Eastern Kentucky University student, and injured the driver, also a Kentucky player. The crash occurred a week before the Kentucky-Tennessee game. At the time it was retired, the barrel had been in Tennessee’s possession since 1985. The players in the picture are, left side, bottom to top, Clarkie Mayfield, whose two field goals decided the game; Darrell Cox, who scored Kentucky’s lone touchdown; Ray Heffington; and Frank Sakal. Right side, bottom to top: Herschel Turner, holding the beer barrel; Jim Hill; Jim Komara; and quarterback Jerry Woolum.

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