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Arizona Sports History
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Release: 04/18/2013
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The Story of "Bear Down"
Timeline of Football History
Timeline of Baseball History
Timeline of Basketball History

A timeline of Arizona Football History

1921
Drop-kicker/receiver Harold "Nosey" McClellan leads the nation in scoring with 124 points. Wildcats finish the regular season 7-1, are invited to UA's first bowl game, the East-West Christmas Classic in San Diego, to play powerhouse Centre College of Kentucky.

October 18, 1926
UA quarterback and student body president John "Button" Salmon dies from injuries sustained in a car wreck. His final words, spoken to coach "Pop" McKale, are: "Tell them.....tell the team to Bear Down." Soon thereafter, the UA student body adopts "Bear Down" as the school's athletic motto.

October 12,1929
Arizona Stadium opens. In the official stadium dedication game, Arizona beats Cal Tech 35-0.

1930
Bill "The Eel" Hargis becomes the first Wildcat to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

1933-37
Coach Gerald "Tex" Oliver's "Blue Brigade" plays an expanded, more nationwide schedule, compiles a record of 31-11-4, and produces UA's first All-Americans: halfback Ted Bland (1935), fullback Walt Nielson (1937), and center Tom Greenfield (1938). The team's 1938 record of 8-2 was a school best to date.

1941
UA leads the nation in passing offense, and end Hank "Birdlegs" Stanton leads the nation in pass receiving and is named All-America.

1947
Quarterback Fred W. Enke leads the nation in total offense.

1953
In its first televised game, broadcast statewide, UA beats Arizona State 35-0.

1954
In his first game as starting halfback, sophomore Art Luppino rushes for 228 yards on only six carries and scores 32 points. He goes on to lead the nation in rushing, scoring, all-purpose running, and kickoff returns.

1955
Art Luppino becomes the first player in NCAA history to lead the nation in rushing twice. He also ties for the national title in all-purpose running and is third in scoring.

1958
Dave "The Roadrunner" Hibbert leads the nation in pass receiving.

1961
Coached by Jim LaRue and led by quarterback Eddie Wilson and "Touchdown Twins" Bobby Lee "The General" Thompson and "Jackrabbit" Joe Hernandez, Arizona compiles a record of 8-1-1, UA's best to date, and breaks into the National Top 20 for the first time.

1974-75
Coach Jim Young's Wildcats compile back-to-back 9-2 seasons, UA's first nine-win campaigns. Receiver Theopolis "T" Bell is named All-America and fullback Jim Upchurch becomes the second Wildcat to rush for 1,000 yards for two consecutive seasons.

1978
Arizona enters the Pacific-10 Conference.

1980-83
Tom Tunnicliffe shatters UA career records for passing and total offense.

1982-83
Linebacker Ricky Hunley becomes UA's first consensus All-American, an honor he receives two consecutive years.

1982-85
Place-kicker Max Zendejas breaks Art Luppino's career scoring record.

1986
Coached by Larry Smith and led by 1,000yd. rusher David Adams, Arizona finishes 9-3, defeating North Carolina in the Aloha Bowl.

1987
Defensive back Chuck Cecil receives consensus All-America, Academic All-America, and NCAA Top Six honors.

1990
All-American Darryll Lewis wins the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back.

1991-94
Ontiwaun Carter breaks Art Luppino's career rushing record.

1992
Arizona's "Desert Swarm"defense is born. UA leads the nation in scoring defense and nose guard Rob Waldrop is a consensus All-American.

1993
"Desert Swarm" leads the nation in rushing defense and achieves its first 10-victory season, defeating Miami 29-0 in the Fiesta Bowl. Rob Waldrop is named UPI Lineman of the Year, FWAA Outstanding Defensive Player, Outland Trophy winner, and unanimous All-American.

1994
Steve McLaughlin wins the Lou Groza Award as the nation's best place-kicker.

1995
Defensive lineman Tedy Bruschi is named Unanimous All-America.

1996
Center Wayne Wyatt earns National Football Foundation/Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete honors and is UA's 13th football Academic All-American

1998
Former linebacker Ricky Hunley becomes UA's first College Football Hall of Fame inductee.

1998
Arizona wins 12 games, beats Nebraska 23-20 in the Holiday Bowl and finishes ranked number four in the country, its highest ranking ever. Consensus All-America Chris McAllister wins the Tatupu Award as the nation's best special teams player.

1999
Former coach Jim Young becomes UA's first coach inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

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A timeline of Arizona Basketball History

1913-14
First season with intercollegiate opponent; games played in Herring Hall

1921-24
Harold Tovrea sets season and career scoring records that lasts for decades

1925
Fred Enke begins 36-year tenure as UA head coach

1926
UA Gymnasium and Armory opens

1927
"Bear Down" is painted on gymnasium roof; gym becomes known as Bear Down Gym

1942-44
Bear Down Gym becomes "U.S.S. Bear Down." U.S. Naval training facility; UA plays at Tucson High School.

1946
UA goes 25-5, wins Border Conference, goes to 8-team NIT in New York City.

1947
UA wins Border Conference, goes to NCAA Tournament for the first time. Linc Richmond becomes the first to score 400 points in a season.

1949
Linc Richmond becomes first to score 1,000 points in a career (1,246 total).

1951
UA goes 22-6, wins Border Conference, goes to NIT and NCAA Tournament. Roger Johnson is 1st to receive All-America Honors (3rd Team).

1945-51
UA wins 81 consecutive games in BEar Down Gym.

1954
Hadie Redd becomes UA's 1st African American basketball player.

1960
Ernie McCray becomes 1st to score 500 points in a season and passes Richmond as career scoring leader (1,349).

1961
Fred Enke retires with 512 college basketball wins, 11 Border Conference titles. UA alum Bruce Larson becomes head coach.

1965
Warren Rustand becomes 1st Academic All-American (2nd team).

1972
Fred Snowden becomes head coach, 1st African American head coach in Division I basketball. "Kiddie Korps" promptly reverses UA fortunes.

1973
McKale Center opens

1975
UA goes 22-7, finishes 2nd in 1st (and only) National Commissioner Invitational Tournament. Bob Elliott becomes 1st to score 600 points in a season, is named Academic All-America (and All-WAC).

1976
UA wins WAC title, goes to NCAA Sweet 16 for 1st time, Bob Elliott is 3rd Team All-America, 1st Team Academic All America (and All-WAC).

1977
Bob Elliott is 1st to score 2,000 points in a career, is All-WAC, 3rd Team All-America, and 1st Team Academic All-America.

1983-84
Lute Olson becomes UA's 11th head coach.

1985
UA wins 21 games in Olson's 2nd season, returns to NCAA Tournament.

1986
UA wins first Pac-10 title: Olson is Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

1988
UA goes 35-3, attains 1st #1 national ranking, wins Pac-10 title, goes to 1st NCAA Final Four. Sean Elliott and Steve Kerr named All-America, Kerr is named most Courageous Athlete in America. Olson is Pac-10 Coach of the Year, and Elliott makes All Final Four Team.

1989
UA goes 29-4, wins Pac-10 title, goes to NCAA Sweet 16. Sean Elliott is Consensus All-America and NCAA Player of the Year. Olson is Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

1987-92
UA wins 71 consecutive home games, 10th longest in NCAA.

1993
UA goes 24-4, wins Pac-10 title. Chris Mills is named All America. Olson is Pac-10 coach of the year.

1994
UA goes 29-6, wins Pac-10 title, goes to 2nd NCAA Final Four. Khalid Reeves is 1st Team All-America, Olson is Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

1995
UA goes 24-7, Damon Stoudamire is names Consensus All-America.

1996
Sean Elliott's jersey is retired.

1996
UA goes 27-6, advances to NCAA Sweet 16; Olson gains 300th UA win and 500th career victory.

1997
UA goes 25-9, comes back from 5th place Pac-10 finish to win its 1st NCAA National Championship. Miles Simon is Final Four MVP, Mike Bibby also makes All Final Four Team.

1998
UA goes 30-5, wins Pac-1o title, advances to Great Eight. Mike Bibby is Consensus All-America, Miles Simon makes 1st Team. Olson is Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

1999
Steve Kerr's jersey is retired.

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A timeline of Arizona Baseball History

1904
First official baseball season; UA goes 6-1 under coach B.L. Cosgrave.

1915
J.F. McKale begins 33-year tenure as UA head coach.

1916
Asa Porter throws first no-hitter vs. Tempe Normal, 5-1, striking out 14.

1919
UA plays Major League World Series Champs Chicago Cubs. They lose only 7-3 behind pitcher A.L. Slonaker.

1924
Cliff "Chick" Morefield throws 5-0 no-hitter VS. Arizona State.

1926
Catcher John "Button" Salmon's clutch two-base hit beats USC; Salmon is elected Student Body President soon afterward. Hit becomes known as "the 200 vote double."

1930
UA begins play in new stadium east of Bear Down Gym.

1933
Outfielder Hank Lieber becomes 1st UA player to reach major leagues (Chicago Cubs); plays 10 years and in three all-star games

1933
UA goes 8-6, begins 48-season winning streak.

1940
In UA's first night game, played at Hi Corbett Field, Ken Heist fans 21 New Mexico hitters, wins 8-0.

1942
UA goes 18-1, is considered unofficial champion of the Southwest.

1950
UA alum Frank Sancet begins 22-year tenure as head coach. UA goes 28-6, finishes 2nd in NCAA District 6 playoff.

1950
Catcher Bob Murray becomes UA's 1st All American (1st Team).

1954
UA goes 40-9, wins District 6, goes to College World Series for first time--first of three consecutive appearances.

1956
Carl Thomas becomes only player in NCAA history to throw back-to-back no-hitters (ASU 7-0, UCLA 10-0). UA begins season with 25 straight wins, finishes 49-8, winning District 6 and finishing 2nd at College World Series. Thomas and pitcher Don Lee are All-America.

1957
Marty Hurd leads nation in batting average (.473).

1959
UA goes 39-10, wins District 6, finishes 2nd at College World Series. Alan Hall and Matt Encinas are All-America.

1960
UA goes 43-9, wins District 6, finishes 3rd at College World Series; Jim Ward sets CWS record by fanning 16 in 2-1 win over Oklahoma State.

1962
UA is ranked #1 in nation for t11e 1st time, goes 40-8. Dan Schneider leads nation in wins (13).

1963
UA begins play as a member of the WAC, wins conference and District 7, finishes 2nd at CWS. Ron Theobald (2b) is All-America.

1965
All-American Eddie Leon leads nation in triples and RBIs.

1965
John Fouse leads nation with 12-2 record. 6 shutouts.

1967
Wildcat Field, east of Arizona Stadium, opens-- without lights; night games played at Hi Corbett Field unti1 1975.

1971
Les Lisowski no-hits Northern Colorado

1973
Jerry Kindall begins 23-year tenure as head coach. Frank Sancet retires as all-time college leader in wins (835-282-8).

1974
UA posts best record ever at UA-58-6. Ron Hassey sets school record of 86 RBIs.

1976
UA goes 56-17, wins Midwest Regional, beats E. Michigan 7-1 for 1st CWS title. Dave Stegman is 1st Team All-America, Steve Powers is CWS MVP. Stegman leads nation in doubles (30).

1979
UA begins play in Pac-10 Southern Division ("Six Pac"), goes 43-25, wins Midwest Regional. Returns to CWS.

1980
UA goes 45-21-1, ties Cal for 6-Pac title, wins West Regional, beats Hawaii 5-3 for 2nd CWS title. Terry Francona is 1st Team All-America and 6-Pac and National Player of the Year. Kindall is 6-Pac and National Coach of the Year.

1984
Joe Magrane no-hits Cal-State Fullerton.

1986
Wildcat Field is renamed Frank Sancet Field.

1986
UA goes 49-19, wins Central Regional, beats Florida State 10-2 for 3rd CWS title. Mike Senne is CWS MVP and Kindall is National Coach of the Year.

1986
Gil Heredia sets UA season records for starts (22) and wins (16). Todd Trafton sets school record with 44 extra base lilts; Chuck Johnson leads nation in triples (10).

1986
In UA's first CWS game vs. Maine, pinch-hitter Dave Shennet, in Iris only CWS appearance, hits a 2-out, two-strike, two-run home run in the bottom of ninth for an 8-7 victory: One of the single most dramatic moments in UA athletic history.

1987
Chip Hale finishes UA career having started all 255 games during his tenure.

1989
Scott Erickson sets UA school record with 18 wins: he and catcher Alan Zinter, who ties school record of 18 HRs and leads 6-Pac with 81 RBIs, are 1st Team All-America.

1993
Pitcher Tod Brown appears in 35 games to shatter UA record. George Arias sets new UA record with 23 HR. Jason Thompson hits 20 for 2nd place as UA sets school record of 115 HR and leads the nation in runs scored.

1996
Jerry Kindall retires as 2nd UA head coach to record 800 wins (860-580-6).

1997
Fomer UA All American Jerry Stitt becomes UA Head Coach.

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