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Winter Texan Wednesday: The Story of the 2nd Infantry Football Team
February 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Winter Texans, retirees and those interested in the region’s history are invited to participate in “Winter Texan Wednesday: The Best Football Team in Texas” featuring Joseph Chance Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. at the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg. “Winter Texan Wednesday” is a half-hour multimedia presentation followed by a half-hour mini-tour of part of a museum exhibit.
The state of Texas prides itself on unbeatable football teams, players and coaches—and even a few that were from the Rio Grande Valley such as legendary coach Tom Landry or quarterback Koy Ditmer. In 1916, at a time when National Guard troops from across the country were called to the Rio Grande Valley in response to the tensions with Mexico, soldiers found ways to occupy their leisure time in between marching and drill routines by playing sports. Inevitably, soldiers from different states formed football teams and played against each other. Of all the National Guard teams, the 2nd Texas Infantry’s exhibition team proved to be unbeatable by dominating challengers from across the country. Chance, a history buff and museum volunteer, will present on this little known team followed by a guided tour of the first half of MOSTHistory’s River Crossroads exhibit, which covers the 1900s and 1910s.
Winter Texan Wednesday is included in the regular museum admission fee: Adults (18+) $8; Seniors (62+) $6. Museum admission also includes access to the signature Rio Grande Legacy exhibition. Park and resort groups are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact the museum at 956-383-6911.