Former 'Voice of the Tigers' Leaves Gift to LSU Vet School
BATON ROUGE — On Halloween night in 1959, LSU football player Billy Cannon made his famous fourth-quarter, 89-yard punt return for a touchdown to beat Ole Miss 7-3 in Tiger Stadium. Fans who could not witness this historic event firsthand heard about the legendary return through the “Voice of Tiger Football,” J.C. Politz.
Politz, who also called games for Southern University, the St. Louis Cardinals, and more, had a rare ability to describe action in ways which brought radio listeners from their living room to stadiums across the South.
“He really made you feel like you were at the game,” said his niece Kathy Politz.
Out of his profound love for LSU and his love for animals (particularly his dog Hobbs), Politz recently left an estate gift of $100,000 to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.
Politz’s gift was used to create the Philanthropic Partners Fund, an account for unrestricted donations to the School of Veterinary Medicine. The revenue in the fund will be expended at the discretion of the school’s dean.
“Unrestricted gifts such as this provide flexibility and spontaneity to address specific needs that will enhance our programs when other means are unavailable,” said Dean Peter F. Haynes. “We are grateful to Mr. Politz for his generosity.”
During his life, Politz’s generosity extended to animals that had no home of their own.
“Years ago, Uncle J.C. lived in a house on Roosevelt St. near campus with his mother and sister. One day a pregnant, stray dog came up to the house,” said Kathy Politz. “He kept the dog and two of the puppies and took the dogs to the LSU veterinary hospital for treatment.”
Just four years ago, Politz adopted a puppy he named “Hobbs” from Highland Road Animal Hospital. Politz was lonely after his sister passed away, and Hobbs brought enjoyment to the latter years of his life. “His eyes lit up when he talked about Hobbs,” said Kathy Politz, who now cares for Hobbs.
Remembering her uncle, Kathy Politz said, “Uncle J.C. was so humble. I don’t think he ever realized how well-known and talented he was. He was always surprised when someone recognized him. He was really family-oriented and loved to talk to his friends, but if I could name only one character trait to describe him, it would be ?big-hearted.’ He sincerely cared about others, and if you ever helped him, even in a small way, he could not rest until he repaid you in kind.”
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