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The History of the Telephone Trophy - Iowa State vs. Missouri

When the coaches’ field phones were tested prior to the 1959 Iowa State-Missouri football game in Ames, it was found that the teams could hear one another. The problem was solved by game time, but not without considerable worry on the part of the coaching staff. The Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. of Ames had a trophy made after the field phone controversy and it continues to be presented today to the winner of the game between ISU and Mizzou. An odd sidelight to the whole affair was that the same thing happened to Missouri later that year in a game played at Columbia, Mo.