Palmer Stadium housed its share of meteorological memories.
The Tigers closed out their undefeated 1935 season with the
famous "Twelfth Man" snowstorm game. On Nov. 23, 1935, 56,000
people packed Palmer Stadium in near-blizzard conditions to
watch the Tigers defeat Dartmouth 26-6.
It was the actions of a local cook, however, that made this
game memorable. With Princeton well in front in the fourth
quarter, a man, later identified as a cook in a local diner,
ran onto the field and took a spot on the Dartmouth line.
After one play, he was escorted from the field by stadium
Fifteen years later, in 1950, Princeton and Dartmouth did
battle again with an undefeated season on the line for the
Tigers. On this occasion, however, it was a hurricane that
wreaked havoc on the game. The contest was played in torrential
rain, accompanied by 80-mile-per-hour winds with gusts reaching
Palmer Stadium had been covered for most of the morning prior
to the game. At noon, however, the tarpaulins broke their
moorings and an inch of water covered the field from one 20-yard
line to the other and to within a few yards of each sideline.
Atop the stadium, the tar paper roofing was ripped off the
press box and water dripped through in increasing quantities.
The gusting winds caused the press box and the radio and public
address booths to sway noticeably.
5,000 Tiger faithful braved the elements and watched Princeton
complete its perfect season with a 13-7 victory against Dartmouth.
All three touchdowns were scored by the team driving with
On the afternoon, there were 19 fumbles six by Princeton
and 13 by Dartmouth. Princeton completed just two passes and
Dartmouth completed just one.
frequently was necessary for the referee to hold the ball
on the line of scrimmage until the center moved up to claim
possession. From the press box it was impossible to tell whether
that was necessary to keep the ball from blowing or floating