Mangham's game winning catch in 1959 Sugar Bowl
|LSU Tigers – No. 86|
|Bowl games||Sugar Bowl (1959, 1960)|
|Born:||August 25, 1939|
|Died:||September 16, 2010 (aged 71)|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
Michael Ray "Mickey" Mangham (August 25, 1939 – September 16, 2010) was an American football player for the LSU Tigers from 1958 to 1960. He played at the end position on both offense and defense and was selected as an Academic All-America and All-SEC player. He is most remembered for catching the winning touchdown pass in the Sugar Bowl on January 1, 1959, to give LSU the national championship for the 1958 college football season.
Football star at LSU
Mangham came to LSU from Kensington, Maryland. His mother was the former Louise Ratliff (1913–2005). His father, Francis Ray "Fanny" Mangham (1911–1981), had played basketball and football for Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. He enrolled without an athletic scholarship and played as a walk-on for the freshman football team in 1957. When LSU's head coach Paul Dietzel asked the freshman coach how the freshman ends were doing, he was told, "Not so good, but this Mangham is looking good." Dietzel heard the story so often that he put Mangham on scholarship.
In 1958, Coach Dietzel played Mangham, then a 6-foot, 1-inch, 190-pound sophomore, in the first two games of the season against Rice and Alabama. Mangham played so well he became a starter. He helped lead the 1958 LSU Tigers football team to a perfect 12–0 record and the national championship. He scored LSU's only touchdown on a nine-yard pass from College Football Hall of Famer Billy Cannon in its 7-0 win over Clemson in the 1959 Sugar Bowl.
As a junior, Mangham was a starter for the 1959 LSU Tigers football team that compiled a 9–2 record, finished the season ranked third in the AP and Coaches' poll, and lost to Ole Miss, 21-0, in the 1960 Sugar Bowl. At the conclusion of the 1959 season, Mangham was selected by a vote of the nation's sports writers to the 1959 first-team Academic All-America team. He was a three-year starter for LSU, playing on both defense and offense. At the start of the 1960 season, one Louisiana newspaper profiled Mangham as follows:
During the past two seasons, Mangham, a 6-1, 202-pound senior from Kensington, Maryland, has been one of the Tigers' top defensive players, and enters the 1960 campaign with all-star recommendations. He was a pre-season All-Southeastern Conference selection, and has the size, speed and experience to live up to that billing.
Mangham concluded his college football career playing in two post-season all-star games. He played for the South in the 1960 Blue–Gray Football Classic in Montgomery, Alabama. Mangham scored the only touchdown of the game for the South on a 16-yard touchdown pass from future All-Pro quarterback, Norm Snead.
The following week, Mangham played for the East team in the 1961 Hula Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mangham was injured early in the game, and Pittsburgh end Mike Ditka was required to play in his place.
In September 1961, Coach Dietzel praised Mangham. Dietzel noted that Mangham had "played every down on defense for us the last two years," and said that replacing him was one of his "toughest problems" for the 1961 season.
Mangham graduated in 1962 from LSU with a degree in petroleum engineering. In 1966, he procured a law degree from LSU Law School. He served as chairman of LSU's Tiger Athletic Foundation during the 1990s. He worked as an oil-and-gas attorney in the Acadiana region of Louisiana until his death.
- Obituary: Michael Ray Mangham
- Fred Sanner (October 5, 1958). "The Double Take". Abilene Reporter-News.
- "Social Security Death Index". ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
- "Mickey Mangham LSU'S Captain For Saturday". Ruston Daily Leader, Ruston, Louisiana. September 28, 1960.
- "Michael 'Mickey' Mangham dies". ESPN.com (AP story). September 16, 2010.
- "Gridiron's Brain Boxes Led By SEC". The Arizona Republic (AP story). January 10, 1960.("Members of the first team are Don Usry of Army and Mikey Mangham of Louisiana State, ends; Lou Cordileone of Clemson and Robert Khayat of Mississippi, tackles; Mike McKeever of Southern California and Maurice Doke of Texas, guards; Jackie Burkett of Auburn, center, and Charlie Flowers of Mississippi, Dale Hackbart of Wisconsin, Fran Curci of Miami, and Rich Mayo of Air Force in the backfield.")
- "North All-Stars Crush South 35-7". The Hutchinson News. January 1, 1961.
- Chet Hilburn, The Mystique of Tiger Stadium: 25 Greatest Games: The Ascension of LSU Football (Bloomington, Indiana: WestBow Press, 2012), p. 32
- "Ditka Stars as East Wins, 14-7". MIAMI DAILY NEWS-RECORD, MIAMI, OKLAHOMA. January 9, 1961.
- Vernon Butler (September 13, 1961). "Paul Dietzel Doesn't Mind Being Selected As Winner". Leader-Call, Laurel, Miss. (AP story).
- "LSU great Mangham dies". The Advocate. September 17, 2010.
- "Michael "Mickey" Mangham". The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana. September 16, 2010.
- "Obituary of Mickey Mangham". Alexandria Daily Town Talk, September 18, 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2010.