A Final Night at the Duck Pond

Friday night I was close to home, recording the final football game at Taylor’s Memorial Field, where the Taylor High Ducks took on Canyon Lake in a stadium that’s been on Davis Street, by Murphy Park, for a hundred years.  Dubbed the “Duck Pond” many years ago, the teams actually played their first game under the lights in 1933.   My photos, for the Austin American-Statesman, are not meant to be of the action.   Another photographer handled that job.   The task at hand for yours truly was to document the scene, something I prefer to game action these days.   The good news is that the Taylor Ducks will be moving into a brand-new stadium next year.  In fact, it’s almost finished.   But the Duck Pond is special to folks around here.  Among the photos:  several members of football squads (and a cheerleader) from the 1940s-era … parents and kids cheering on the team from the stands … halftime shows … moms of senior players with roses .. and finally, lights out after the game was over.   Unfortunately, the Ducks didn’t prevail, losing to Canyon 28-14.  Still, it was a grand finale.  Taylor High Class of 1962 graduate Irene Michna, was feeling the sadness as she made her way off the darkened field, among the last to leave.  Even though a new stadium awaits, I hope the city finds a way to keep the old one around.   It has presence in our town. 

8 thoughts on “A Final Night at the Duck Pond

  1. Andrea Zabcik

    Thank you for recording the atmosphere of that night. It was a special evening for us, our daughter was one of the seniors walking the field after the game.

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  2. Cand y KEY

    THANKS FOR TAKING A PICTURE OF ME AND MY SON .i REALLY LOVED THAT PICTURE OF THAT .i WILL REMEMBER THAT ALL OF MY LIFE THANKS OF THAT PICTURE
    THANKS CANDY KEY AND MY SON PAUL KEY

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  3. Pat Helbert

    The pictures of the last night on Memorial field are amazing… but then again your picture of memorial baptist church in the evening are outstanding!! I would love to see if it is possible to get some of your amazing pictures to put in our Duck room for the last game at Memorial field. I am in charge of our Duck room that has history dated back to 1896 and this would be a great addition. Is is possible ??

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    1. 23642459 Post author

      Thank you, Pat. I’m sorry we didn’t get to meet Friday night. It was busy for both of us. Yes, let me get caught up on some things and I’ll send you an email about obtaining some of the photos.

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