September 21st in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1916, eighteen players of the University of Southern California varsity football team journeyed to Seal Beach in four seven-passenger Chalmers cars.

Accompanied by Coach Dean Cromwell and Assistant Coach Fred Teschke, the team arrived in time for an afternoon workout on the beach with aviator Joe Boquel, who was curious about American football. After the workout, the Trojans cooled off with a swim and then were treated to a special flight exhibition from Boquel.

Chalmers felt the outing would provide a break from the routine of the usual practice on Board Field and put his players “on edge for hard scrimmages to come.”

– Michael Dobkins

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