on canvas painting by Lone Star Dietz, College Football Hall of Fame coach and second
coach of the Washington Redskins. Following his coaching career, Dietz became a
noted painted and had an exhibition of his works at Lehigh University in 1955.
The offered painting is especially noteworthy, because it was produced for one
of Dietz’s former players at Washington State, Ralph Boone, who was a key contributor in the club's 1916 Rose Bowl victory.
The colorful painting
(44x36”), titled “My Washington” pictures the sprawling Yakima Valley, Washington
state’s agricultural center, noted for its wine, apple, and hops production. Dietz
has signed and dated the painting, “Lone Star Dietz Jan. ’56,” in the lower
right corner. Dietz has added a lengthy dedication on the reverse of the canvas.
In full: “’My Washington’ – From the Yakima Valley to the Palouse – It is a
country of roving clouds – endless hills of growing wheat – Delicious apples –
tall timber and fields of blooming hops/As painted for Ralph R. Boone a great
football player, a fine gentleman and a warm personal friend – by his former
coach – Lone Star Dietz – 1956.” The painting, which is stretched on board, remains
in Excellent to Mint condition.
was a running back who played under Dietz at Washington State. Boone scored the
first touchdown of the game in Washington State’s 14-0 win over Brown in the
1916 Rose Bowl, which was just the second Rose Bowl game ever played, and the
one that began the annual New Year’s Day tradition. Obviously, the ties between
player and coach remained strong throughout the years, with the two forming a
close friendship in later life, as the dedication of this painting will attest.
Lone Star Dietz was one of the most interesting figures in the history
of both college and professional football. His heritage as a Native American
was always questioned throughout his life, but he was a star football player at
the Carlisle Indian School (1909-1912) under Pop Warner and a teammate of Jim
Thorpe. Washington State marked his first college head coaching position, which
he held from 1915 to 1917. (Dietz’s win in the 1916 Rose Bowl is still the
school’s only Rose Bowl win.). Dietz eventually coached at seven other
colleges, including Purdue, Louisiana Tech, and Wyoming. In 1933 he became the
second head coach of the Washington Redskins in what was the club’s second
season in NFL franchise history. While the story has never been confirmed, it was
often said that team owner Preston Marshall named the club the “Redskins” in
honor of Dietz’s heritage (the team was known as the Braves during its inaugural
1932 campaign). Dietz coached the Redskins for two seasons before returning to the
college ranks. He retired from coaching in 1942, spending the remainder of
his life as a painter right up until the time of his death in 1964. Dietz was elected
to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012. Please note: the size
and/or weight of this lot will necessitate an increased shipping charge.