Bronze Shoe Tracking | Washington State University

October 20 – CASHMERE – A unique trophy shared by the Chelan and Cashmere school football teams will be up for grabs again this Friday in the 69th annual battle for the bronze shoe.

The bronze shoe is currently in the Cashmere High School display case. He spends most of his time there. Since the shoe first went tanned and polished in 1953, the Bulldogs have a record of 55 wins, 12 losses and, like any shoe should have, a tie.

Shoes are made for traveling

Back in the days when there was only leather, string and plastic, the legendary football boots helped bring its original owner, William B. “Bill” Lippincott, to greatness on the grill . Lippincott, after serving four years in the Navy during World War II, was an outstanding multi-sport athlete who played on offense and defense for Washington State University football. His 13 career interceptions are tied for fifth all-time at the school, two more than professional bowler and longtime Seattle Seahawk Marcus Trufant; his mark of seven sets in a single season his senior season in 1945 is tied for third, one more than Deone Bucannon, current free agent and first-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 2014.

A slipper for the NFL

Lippincott was drafted twice by the Los Angeles Rams about 20 years before the first Super Bowl, and twice he turned them down. Instead, after graduating in 1949, he chose a coaching job at Cashmere. His teams the first two years went undefeated, earning him the co-coach of the year award.

In 1953 Lippincott married his wife, Joyce. Together they were starting a family at Chelan and so, still a defensive back, took his coaching job at Cashmere and coached him to Chelan High School.

Legacy of Friendship

Lippincott left his mark at both schools, paving the way for other young men. How or why his nearly 10-year-old shoe was still lying around Cashmere’s locker room after his transfer remains a mystery.

What is known is that the folks at Cashmere High School wanted to honor the man and his contributions to their small town, and so in 1953 Lippincott’s esteemed hightop was cleaned, tanned, varnished and laid on a basis to become the Bronze Shoe Award, a symbol to which both schools look for honor, respect and sportsmanship.

Cashmere would take home the trophy the first year, but Lippincott’s Goats quickly proved their worth: the Goats ripped off the shoe for the next four years, three of them with shutouts. The shoes are meant to travel, however, and last Friday the shoe was due to make the trip to the Cashmere football ground again to help the winners celebrate and start the next chapter of their journey.

Lippincott died on May 21, 2012.

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