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Michigan State... 1952 National champs....

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December 02, 1952

THE SPRINGFIELD UNION, Springfield, Massachusetts, December 2, 1952

* Michigan State Spartans
* National champions (1st report)
* NCAA college football

This 34 page newspaper has two column headlines in the sport's section (page 27): "Michigan State Takes O'Donnell Grid Trophy", "Spartans, Victors in 24 Straight Games, Gain No. 1 Spot In Final AP Football Poll" with standings (see images). 1st report coverage on the Michigan State Spartans officially being named national champions of college football by the associated press (AP poll).

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day throughout. Minor margin wear, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes: The 1952 college football season ended with the unbeaten Michigan State Spartans (9-0-0 record) and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (12-0-0 record) each claiming the national championship according to different polls. Michigan State finished first according to two of the "wire service" (AP and UP) polls which also both placed Georgia Tech second. Georgia Tech was first in the (Hearst chain) International News Service poll. UP and INS merged in 1958 to form UPI. Although the Spartans would become members of the Big Ten conference for football in 1950, full participation would not come until 1953, and under the terms of their entry into the conference, they were not allowed to participate in postseason play. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, won the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day in New Orleans.

Category: The 20th Century