Rice Institute Owls track runner Louis H. "Smoky" Brothers
Black and white photograph of Rice Institute Owls track and field athlete Louis H. "Smoky" Brothers, class of 1936, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: They say LOUIS H. “SMOKY” BROTHERS learned to run catching jackrabbits on the South Plains of Tom Green County around his hometown of San Angelo. Whatever—he was state champion three times in the half mile before coming to Rice after meeting then Owl Coach Ernie Hjertberg at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. Ernie then his successor, Emmett Brunson, switched “Smoky” to the 440 where he became a truly great one. He never was beaten in the SWC in three conference meets and all the duals Rice entered. He also won the half for Rice in his senior year. He looked like a lock for the 1936 U.S. Olympic team but pulled a muscle after qualifying in the Olympics semi-finals. Smoky liked to tell a story on himself – how Coach Ernie caused him nearly to run his tongue out. It seems Ernie would set his stopwatch up about three seconds for Smoky’s early quarter-mile time trials. Then the old coach would show Smoky a 51-second result where Smoky actually had churned around in a brilliant 48. It took Smoky a time to catch on. When he did, he already was a top-class quarter-miler. After a year of school teaching, Smoky went to work for Hughes Tool. He retired January 1, 1975, after 38 years of service. He and Mrs. Brothers, the former Mary Rogers of Houston, will live in Austin.
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