Minnesota Tour Stop Big Success
SHAKOPEE, Minn. – Bill Reinhardt’s Cyclone roots are deep. He saw his first Iowa State football game in 1944, his first year on campus as a V-12 man in the U.S. Navy. After the Navy, he finished school at Iowa State in 1948 with a degree in civil engineering. Reinhardt and his fellow fans who braved the stormy weather to attend the Iowa State athletics Tailgate Tour stop Thursday at Cantebury Park, enjoyed the first such event outside the state of Iowa Thursday.
Reinhardt was one of thousands of recruits who were assigned to attend Iowa State as engineering students during World War II. He actually marched at halftime of Cyclone football games at Clyde Williams Field.
“I was the drum major for the Navy Band,” Reinhardt said. “We would practice separately from the civilian band before rehearsing together the day before the football games.”
Reinhardt remembers the controversial call by official Jack North denying Iowa State’s quarterback a touchdown late in a key 1944 game against Oklahoma in Ames. The Cyclone football team was strong that year due to the participation of V-12 candidates who came to ISU from all over the country.
Reinhardt, who grew up in St. Louis and eventually ran his own company from Centrailia, Mo.,still heads south from Oakdale, Minn. for every ISU home game with his wife Ellen. His favorite Jack Trice Stadium moment was Luther Blue’s historic kick.off return for a touchdown in a win over Nebraska in 1976.
The evening event followed the Cyclone party’s visit to the Shriners Hospital-Twin Cities, one of 22 such hospitals nationwide. The hospital visit was an eye-opening experience for the ISU coaches and staff that toured the state-of-the-art facility which overlooks the Mississippi River in St. Paul.
“It is really hard to describe how moving the individual stories of each child is and how important the Shriners endless work helps all these families around the country,” Iowa State head wrestling coach Cael Sanderson said.
The Shriners Hospital-Twin Cities have helped more than 25,000 children with routine and complex orthopaedic problems at no cost to those who could not pay, since opening in 1923.
The Iowa State Tailgate Tour resumes in Council Bluffs and Sioux City next week.