Thursday, October 1, 2009

Today The Victory Bell Turns 50!

I got this article in an e-mail today and thought I would post it!

The Victory Bell

If you have attended an Ohio State football game, after a Buckeye victory you have probably heard the ringing of a bell resonating from the southeast corner of Ohio Stadium. This bell, known to all as 'The Victory Bell,' is rung after every home football win for 15 minutes. For victorious Michigan games, the bell may ring for up to 30 minutes.

This 2,420-pound bell was a gift from the classes of 1943, 1944, and 1954. Housed within what is known as the Bell Tower, the Victory Bell rests approximately 80 feet above the ground.
The bell was installed on October 1, 1959, and then rang in victory the very next day after the Ohio State football team beat the University of California. Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternityvolunteered to ring the bell, and they have enjoyed the honor ever since.

As with every Ohio State tradition, the Victory Bell is at the center of some of the university's best-loved stories. In 1965 after a Buckeye victory over Iowa, the students assigned to ring the bell found that its clapper had been stolen. Members of Alpha Phi Omega improvised by hitting the bell with whatever they could find including a lead pipe and their shoes.

On a clear day, it is said that the Victory Bell can be heard from five miles away, but in any weather, it solidly stands as a symbol of Ohio State's competitive spirit.

It's Rang For 3,765 Minutes In The Past Fify Years!

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