Ohhhh how things have changed, Dick Tuckers National JC Championship team packed 44,000 at the Rosebowl that day...... Dunn: Remembering the 1963 OCC title teamhttps://www.ocregister.com/2013/05/03/d ... itle-team/The Orange Coast College football team takes the field for the Junior Rose Bowl game in 1963.
"The 1963 Orange Coast College football team, the Junior Rose Bowl champions and top-ranked team in the country when junior college gridiron rankings were considered monumental and crowds overflowed at OCC’s LeBard Stadium. During that storied season, kids would climb trees to get a glimpse of the action. While heartthrobs Tony Bennett and the Beatles were capturing the imagination of young Americans, legendary former OCC football coach Dick Tucker’s team charmed local sports fans with its own mania.
At least 30 years before the digital age, and two years before the hit television sitcom “Get Smart” featured a character with a spy shoe phone that was the most outrageous of telecommunications, the hottest ticket in town was junior college football. The Rams and Angels were still in Los Angeles and there were no major sports teams in Orange County. Junior college sports were king. It was a time before anyone called them “community colleges.”"“The stands were packed every week, and people would be hanging from the ivy (on the fringe of the stadium). That (national championship) was nothing but Coach Tucker. He’s the one who did it. There wasn’t a kid on that team who wouldn’t have died for that guy. He touched all of us personally.”
~ Mike Hunter FB OCC
Hunter later played football at USC under celebrated coach John McKay. “McKay was wonderful and Van Hoorebeke was wonderful, but Tucker was the greatest,”
Hunter, a prep All-American halfback and Orange County Player of the Year for Anaheim High and Coach Clare Van Hoorebeke in 1961, starred on Tucker's first two OCC teams, which combined for a 19-1 record, then played under Coach John McKay at USC."Van Hoorebeke, Tucker and McKay ... what guy could be more blessed than that?"
A little side noted, all purpose player Mike Hunter was at SERVITE
for their first class year before TRANSFERRING
! So never say NEVER, what comes around goes around and nothing remains the same forever.....