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    1939 NCAA Football National Championship "Timmie" Award Presented to University of Southern California. College football poll rankings continue to be one of the most controversial and fiercely debated aspects of American sport, and such issues have lingered for many decades. The 1939 season happens to be the first in which the Associated Press began to do weekly ratings during the season, quickly gaining recognition as the most definitive of the polls. At the end of the regular season, prior to the bowl games, the AP named Texas A&M as the National Champions of 1939.

    The poll was generally accepted despite the fact that the University of Southern California, after defeating second-ranked unbeaten and unscored upon Tennessee fourteen to nothing in the 1940 Rose Bowl, was subsequently labeled the National Champions by the Dickenson poll and the prestigious Washington Touchdown Club, each recognized as the leading authorities in previous years. This important trophy, affectionately called the "Timmie," was presented by the latter governing body to USC for its accomplishments in 1939, the engraved plaques affixed to the base reading, "Touchdown Club of Washington, D.C., 'Timmie,' Touchdown Club Award to the Outstanding College Team of the Year, University of Southern California." A cherubic young figural football player stands atop the wooden base, expanding the height of the important award to seventeen inches. A degree of wear to the edges of the base and tarnishing of the plaques and figural are to be expected, and only add to the vintage aesthetic. "Balfour" manufacturer's label on underside.

    It should be noted that this trophy was purchased from a police auction by our consignor, who was assured that, despite the fact that the trophy obviously at one time was the possession of USC, all material sold at police auction clears the title. Perhaps a generous USC alumnus will wish to return the trophy to its original home.


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