29 x 20 ¾ inches
A great deal of interesting history is attached to this piece. The block was carved in 1922 to celebrate the first football game played at Dudley Field, the new Vanderbilt Stadium. A football was thrown out of a low flying airplane to see which team would get the first possession as “twenty-thousand raving fans” turned out to watch Vanderbilt hold perennial powerhouse Michigan to a scoreless tie. Cornelius Vanderbilt was also in attendance, and the coaches were friends at the time.