You will not find any article before 1980 calling LSU Tiger Stadium Deaf Valley....
You will find Death Valley as early as 1960 Times Pic.
First Time in national print is 1966 that we (a Clemson fan and I are doing research) have found so far.
The first time you find Death Valley in a LSU sport pub is the 1968 or 9 football media guild. There is also said to be a gameday program with Death Valley in it from the mid 60's but I have not seen it.
PMAC got the nickname Deaf Dome in 1978 season late.
Marty Mule made the mistake and confused the 2 when he printed his book on LSU football.
Yes there was the service station outside of LSU called Deaf Valley, but just like Death Valley in Cal had a service station in the 30's called Deaf Valley.
Grantland Rice is said to have named Tiger Statium Death Valley pre channel 9 in 1970 range, when they were trying to get the Grantland Rice Bowl played at Tiger Stadium.
But todate I have not found an article By Grantland on Tiger Stadium. It maybe out there but Rice's articles are not cataloged todate.
I told Jimmy Hymns asid at LSU in the middle 80's people would confuse the names in the future and it took less than 6 years.
I still have not had a chance to go thought the 1930's 40's 50's BR newspapers, but will in the future as I am getting a micro film viewer in 2 years (don't ask, cost a lot).
My research is mainly 1903-12 LSU football, but was given this task of the death valley name in 1970 and I have done what I could on the side.
As to fans, I have talked to people from the 40's that said it was called Death Valley even back then, and from the early 50's, but you can find fans that say Deaf Valley also from the 50's. I also have talked to some who said it was only called Tiger Stadium from that time as well. So I have to rely on what can be found in print.
Now don't forget the sign said Death Valley under the press box when first put up and then changed to Welcome Death Valley in the middle 70's.
This post was edited on 12/12 at 8:50 pm