Today is the 106th birthday of Rod Dedeaux. You know he won 11 baseball NCAA titles at USC.
But here’s a 1959 interview where his love for USC was apparent.
Q: What would you say is humor’s part in baseball?
A: It’s half of baseball. Its entertainment and we have one of the loosest teams there is.
Q: And one of the winningest. Besides your on-the-field coaching, few people realize how many hours you spend scouting high school games and the public relations luncheons that you attend as a part of your job. Bet you get tired of those luncheons?
A: Something I never get tired of is selling SC.
Q: But with your coaching at SC. running your trucking company and ail your other activities, do you sleep?
A: I sleep fast so it doesn’t take very much time.
Q: What would you say is your greatest thrill in sports?
A: Winning is always a big thrill.
Q: The story of your life.
A: I would say my biggest thrill was SC’s come-from behind win the NCAA playoffs last year to become the first team in history to win five straight.
Q: Of all the traits that have made SC’s teams great, which one would you say is No. 1 with respect to giving us victories? Inspiration? Ability? Coaching?
A: The shirt with the name ‘Trojans’ on it is responsible for SC’s athletic success. I don’t care what sport it is — baseball, football, basketball every athlete that wears a Trojan uniform knows he is representing a great institution. There is no greater athletic heritage than here with the Trojans. It is this heritage that makes a Trojan.”