Exhibit to honor Waynesboro Tigers football team with from days gone by

April 16, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Waynesboro Tigers football memorabilia will be on display starting Saturday at Renfrew Museum in Waynesboro, Pa.
Photo by Jennifer Fitch

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The glory days of a former Waynesboro football team will be relived through memorabilia being displayed at Renfrew Museum.

An open house Saturday at the Waynesboro museum will launch an exhibit of helmets, sweaters, scrapbooks, jackets, programs and trophies associated with the Waynesboro Tigers. The exhibit also features audio of a radio broadcast from an Oct. 20, 1951, game.

That broadcast was recorded to be sent to Waynesboro residents serving in the Korean War, according to Dade Royer, executive director of Renfrew Museum and Park.

“It was a really cool era in Waynesboro,” he said.

The original Tigers formed in 1947 and folded in the early 1950s, when many of the players were heading off to the war. Men later played pickup games and organized as a semiprofessional team, playing their first season in 1965.

The Tigers, which fielded an estimated 300 players, played for the Interstate Football League title in 1965 and 1966. The team continued into the mid-1970s.

Home games were played at a stadium off Fairview Avenue. Away games in the Tigers’ 10-year run took the team, staff and supporters to many towns, including York, Red Lion, Lancaster and Troy in Pennsylvania.

Lanny Carbaugh is a former player and coach who now serves as secretary of the Tigers’ alumni association.

“We’ve always looked for someplace to put our memorabilia out,” Carbaugh said.

A lot of the players were on the high school team under well-respected coach Rip Engle, and they wanted to continue playing when they were no longer in school, Carbaugh said.

Royer described the Waynesboro Tigers as “hard-nosed country boys.”

“It was a big part of our culture for so many years in Waynesboro,” he said.


If you go ...

What: Waynesboro Tigers football memorabilia exhibit

Where: Renfrew Museum, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa.

When: Open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; exhibit will be on display through June during regular museum hours, noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday

For more information: Call 717-762-4723. The open house is free, but other museum tours cost $5 for adults.

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