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Dymond, Lou

Louis Dymond

In 1936, Dymond was a member of Villanova when they faced Auburn in the Bacardi Bowl (also known as the Rhumba Bowl and the Cigar Bowl). The game, which took place in Havana, Cuba, was the climax of Cuba's National Sports Festival, and is the only bowl game to ever be played outside the United States. However, the contest was almost canceled. Fulgencio Batista, the dictator who would be overthrown by Fidel Castro 22 years later, had just assumed power in Cuba, and his picture was not printed in the game program. A quick trip to the printer saved the game, which ended in a 7-7 tie.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. January 15, 1917- d. August 1972

Career Highlights:
Dymond was Villanova's center in the mid-1930s. In 1936, the Wildcats rolled to a record of 7-2-0 behind a stellar defense that shut out four opponents and did not allow their opponents more than seven points in any game. In the Bacardi Bowl, Villanova's first-ever bowl game, they faced the Auburn Tigers, who were also appeaning in their first bowl game. Neither team could muster much offense and the Wildcats scored their only points late in the fourth quarter by recovering a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown. The game ended in a 7-7 tie.

In 1937, the Wildcats allowed only seven points on the season (in a 25-7 win over Marquette). They outscored their opponents 185-7 and shut out eight teams. In the second game of the year, Villanova faced Auburn and the two teams battled to a 0-0 tie. Villanova finished the season with a record of 8-0-1 ended the year with a record of 6-2-0. One of their losses was to Auburn, 10-9.


Career Dates:
Dymond played center at Villanova from 1936-1938.

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