Freshman Mass Meeting to Be Held Oct. 23

Oct. 16, 1996

The Freshman Mass Meeting will be held at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Waco Hall.

Walter Abercrombie, of the American Football Association, will speak about Baylor traditions and Neil Knighton, Baylor alumnus and vice president for the advancement of Buckner Ministries, will give the history of the "Immortal Ten."

In 1927, 10 Baylor basketbal players were killed in a train-bus collision. En route to Austin for a game against the University of Texas, the bus carrying 22 people was hit at a fog-shrouded railroad crossing in Round Rock by a train called the "Sunshine Special."

Only a dozen survived the crash, which was one of the worst athletic tragedies in the country's history. Among the dead was Clyde "Abe" Kelley, captain of the team, who saved his friend Weir Washma by pushing out of the window of the bus just moments before the crash.

News of the tragedy spread across the country and thousands of messages of sympathy poured into the grief-stricken Baylor campus.

Freshman Mass Meeting is the first event of Homecoming and has been held since 1928.

For more information, contact the Baylor Chamber of Commerce at 755-3322.

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