On October 29, 1960, a chartered aircraft carrying the Cal Poly
Mustang football team crashed on takeoff at the Toledo, Ohio
airport. Sixteen Mustang football players, the team manager
and a Mustang Booster were killed in the crash and twenty-two
others were injured.
On Friday, September 29, 2006, to
honor the 46th anniversary of the crash, Cal Poly
Athletics proudly inducted the entire 1960 Football Team into the
Cal Poly Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction took place as
survivors and family members of the crash victims came together for
the dedication of the Mustang Memorial Plaza at the entrance of the
Alex G. Spanos Stadium, which honors the victims. The
following night, September 30, 2006, at the game between Southern
Utah and Cal Poly, the football field was dedicated at half time as
Mustang Memorial Field as former players, family members and
members of the crash victims families stood at mid-field.