Oregon’s first collegiate championship in any sport was earned on the red clay courts of Austin, Texas by a four-man 1929 Webfoot tennis squad. In the season’s final match, Oregon’s Bradshaw Harrison beat the USA’s top-ranked singles player to forge a national co-championship with Texas. Harrison and teammate Sherman Lockwood earlier knocked off the top Longhorns doubles tandem.
Coach Edward Abercrombie’s squad of Harrison, Lockwood, Henry Neer and Stanley Almquist bested every Western squad in garnering Northern Division and Pacific Coast Conference crowns. Despite a grueling, three-day train trip, the four iron men played their way to a page in UO history.
Later Sherm Lockwood was Stanford University tennis coach, but was killed in a World War II plane crash.
Document Source: Sam Lee