Freshman Mass Meeting Set for Oct. 29Oct. 23, 1997
The Baylor University Freshman Mass Meeting will be held at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Waco Hall.
The meeting is the first event of Homecoming where freshmen learn about the Immortal Ten.
Walter Abercrombie, a member of the American Football Association, will present Baylor traditions, and Neil Knighton, Baylor alumnus and vice president for advancement at Buckner Ministries, will give the history of the Immortal Ten.
The Immortal Ten were members of the Baylor basketball team who were killed in an accident on January 23, 1927. En route to Austin for a game against the University of Texas, a train struck their bus at a fog-shrouded railroad crossing near Round Rock.
Only 12 of the 22 passengers survived, making it one of the worst athletic tragedies in the country's history. Clyde "Abe" Kelley, captain of the team, was killed, but he pushed his friend Weir Washma out of a window moments before the crash.
The Immortal Ten represent bravery and heroism, and their story has been passed down each year since 1928. A candlelight ceremony, which symbolizes the unity of the Baylor spirit, follows the mass meeting.
For more information, contact the Baylor Chamber of Commerce at 710-3322.
For more information about Baylor Homecoming, visit the Homecoming web site at https://www.baylor.edu/~Homecoming/ .