In 1955, Washington State hosted San Jose State and the paid attendance was one. That’s right, one fan!
At least that is the claim in this photo from a J&B Scotch ad from a 1973 Time magazine. I found it posted on the Facebook page for the Washington State Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections section of the library.
However, when I reference the Washington State media guide, the school claims an attendance of 1,600.
Sadly, we will probably never know which is the correct number, although I have reached out to the Washington State athletic department.
I have been informed by @jjncaa that the actual paid attendance really was one, and that it is in a trivia book written by Ken Jennings. Yes, the Ken Jennings that had the insane Jeopardy run of 74 straight wins.
The book is called Ken Jennings’s Trivia Almanac: 8,888 Questions in 365 Days and can be purchased here.[via WSUMASC Facebook page]