Throwback Thursday: Advantage BUCM

When they weren't in the classroom, these BUCM students were busy dominating the rugby pitch. Photo courtesy Baylor College of Medicine Archives.
When they weren’t in the classroom, these BUCM students were busy dominating the rugby pitch. Photo courtesy Baylor College of Medicine Archives.

While rugby as a sport enjoyed a surge in popularity in the United States in the early 1920s, when the United States took Olympic gold in 1920 and 1924, the sport found a home at Baylor University College of Medicine during the late 1960s. (Remember we didn’t officially become Baylor College of Medicine until 1969.)

In this photo, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, BUCM students join a scrum with members of a visiting team.

Per BCM’s 1967 Aesculapian yearbook, the BUCM team enjoyed a successful season. The yearbook notes the peak of the team’s season “was trouncing the crew of a visiting British Navy frigate, 11-0.”

But not to worry, like all good rugby teams, the students and their British counterparts “attacked the local brew at a neighborhood pub.”

What is or was your favorite extracurricular event during your time at BCM? Share it in the comment section below.

-By Audrey M. Marks 

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