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ORange Blossom Classic

 From 1933 -1978, this was the must see game of the post season. Hosted by the Florida A&M Rattlers for many years, it was considered the unofficial de facto Black college championship game…Legendary Hall of Fame coach Alonzo “Jake” Gaither led the Rattlers to 11 victories from 1947 -69.
In 1933, the Orange Blossom Classic was founded by J.R.E. Lee Jr., the son of Florida A&M University’s president.
FAMU beat Howard 9-0 in front of 2,000 fans at a “blacks-only” ballpark in Jacksonville, Fla. 

famu split

Bob Hayes takes off on an 80-yard gallop in the opening moments of the Florida A&M vs. Texas Southern.

Orange Blossom Results
1933     Florida A&M 9, Howard 0
1934     Florida A&M 13, Virginia State 12
1935     Kentucky State 19, Florida A&M 10
1936     Prairie View 25, Florida A&M 0
1937     Florida A&M 25, Hampton 20
1938     Florida A&M 9, Kentucky State 7
1939     Florida A&M 42, Wiley 0
1940     Central State 0, Florida A&M 0
1941     Florida A&M 15, Tuskegee 7
1942     Florida A&M 12, Texas College 6
1943     Hampton 39, Florida A&M 0
1944     Virginia State 19, Florida A&M 6
1945     Wiley 32, Florida A&M 6
1946     Lincoln 20, Florida A&M 0
1947*    Florida A&M 7, Hampton 0
1948     Virginia Union 10, Florida A&M 6
1949     North Carolina A&T 20, Florida A&M 14
1950     Central State, OH 13, Florida A&M 6
1951     Florida A&M 67, NC Central 6
1952     Florida A&M 29, Virginia State 7
1953     Prairie View 33, Florida A&M 27
1954     Florida A&M 67, Maryland State 19
1955     Grambling 28, Florida A&M 21


1956     Tennessee State 41, Florida A&M 39
1957     Florida A&M 27, Maryland State 21
1958     Prairie View 26, Florida A&M 8
1959     Florida A&M 28, Prairie View 7
1960     Florida A&M 40, Langston 26
1961     Florida A&M 14, Jackson State 8
1962     Jackson State 22, Florida A&M 6
1963     Morgan State 30, Florida A&M 7
1964     Florida A&M 42, Grambling 15
1965     Morgan State 36, Florida A&M 7
1966     Florida A&M 43, Alabama A&M 26
1967     Grambling 28, Florida A&M 25
1968     Alcorn State 36, Florida A&M 9
1969     Florida A&M 23, Grambling 19
1970     Jacksonville State 21, Florida A&M 7
1971     Florida A&M 27, Kentucky State 9
1972     Florida A&M 41, Md-Eastern Shore 21
1973     Florida A&M 23, South Carolina State 12
1974     Florida A&M 17, Howard 13
1975     Florida A&M 40, Kentucky State 13
1976     Florida A&M 26, Central State, OH 21
1977     Florida A&M 37, Delaware State 15
1978     Florida A&M 31, Grambling 7

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