API students "hoboing" to a game, 1928
Date: 1928 Size: 470x197 pixels
Pictured are many Auburn students who rode a freight train to Atlanta to see the basketball team play Ole Miss for the Southern Conference championship in 1928.  Auburn lost 32-31.  W.R. Moon, at extreme left wearing knit cap, recalled that a trainman opened some empty boxcars at Auburn and told the student hobos, "Boys, just be careful."  Moon said the group marched in formation into Atlanta after getting off at East Point.  After the game, the students piled into boxcars on a west-bound freight and returned to Auburn.  Moon, sixteen, a saxophone player, came to Auburn from Gadsden in 1926 and joined both the Auburn Collegians Orchestra and the API Marching Band.  Moon recalled in 1996 that in addition to making every football game for four years, he "made enough playing with the Collegians to more than meet the cost of tuition, books, board and room, and other expenses."
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