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The Rose Bowl is nicknamed “The Granddaddy of Them All” because it is the oldest bowl game. It was first played in 1902, and has been played annually since 1916. The inaugural game featured Fielding H. Yost’s dominating 1901 Michigan Wolverines football team, representing the East, who crushed a previously 3–1–2 team from Stanford University, representing the West, by a score of 49–0 after Stanford captain Ralph Fisher requested to quit with eight minutes remaining. Michigan finished the season 11–0 and was considered a national champion. Yost had been Stanford’s coach the previous year. The Tournament of Roses Parade began in 1890 as a New Year’s Day tradition in the City of Pasadena. The city boosters were exploring a way to bring in tourism and money to the area. The Tournament of Roses Association president, James Wagner, guaranteed $3,500 to cover the expenses of bringing the football teams of the University of Michigan and Stanford University to Pasadena to play. The admission price was 50 cents to $1 to see the game. An additional $1 would be charged to admit a family’s horse and buggy to the grounds.
The 1946 Rose Bowl, played on January 1, 1946, was a college football bowl game, the 32nd Rose Bowl Game, between the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama and the Trojans of the University of Southern California. The Tide defeated the underdog Trojans 34-14. It was Alabama’s sixth and final trip to the Rose Bowl and Coach Thomas’ final bowl trip as a coach. The game would be played in Tournament Park, where temporary stands would be built. Alabama, known as the “wooden horse” led at the half 20-0 and the Trojans had a net loss of 24 yards. USC, which had won eight straight Rose Bowl games since 1923, didn’t make a first down until the third quarter when the score was 27-0. Alabama outgained USC 351 to 41 yards. Quarterback Harry Gilmer threw only 11 times in the game for one touchdown and ran for 116 yards on 16 carries. Hal Self scored twice, on a one yard run and on a 24-yard Gilmer pass. Gilmer went over from the one, and Lowell Tew hit left guard from the two for points and Norwood Hodges scored up the middle on a one-yard plunge. Hugh Morrow kicked four extra points in the game.
This RARE 1936 sports comedy-drama B&W sound movie dvd release is titled… ROSE BOWL. Actual footage of the 1936 Rose Bowl game is cleverly integrated into the action of this sports-oriented comedy. Longtime chums Paddy O’Reilly (Tom Brown) and Dutch Schultz (Benny Baker) may be heroes of the high-school gridiron, but they’re persona non grata with the girls, thanks to campus lothario Ossie Merrill (Larry “Buster” Crabbe). Managing to get on the college football team in time for the Rose Bowl competition, Paddy and Dutch finally win out over Ossie by scoring the winning touchdown. Of interest in the cast as one of the campus cuties is curvaceous Priscilla Lawson, who’d previously starred as Princess Aura opposite Buster Crabbe in the serial Flash Gordon. Also on hand is William Frawley, (“I Love Lucy’s” Fred Mertz) as-what else? — a college football coach.
The 2009 Rose Bowl, the 95th edition of the annual game, was a college football bowl game played on Thursday, January 1, 2009 at the same-named stadium in Pasadena, California. The poster illustrated by Chris Gall has a nice throwback look and is in the tradition of the artwork and posters created before it. Because of sponsorship by Citi, the first game in the 2009 edition of the Bowl Championship Series was officially titled the “Rose Bowl Game presented by citi”. The contest was televised on ABC with a radio broadcast on ESPN Radio beginning at 4:30 PM US EST with kickoff at 5:10 PM. Ticket prices for all seats in the Rose Bowl were listed at $145. The Rose Bowl Game was a contractual sell-out, with 64,500 tickets allocated to the participating teams and conferences. The remaining tickets went to the Tournament of Roses members, sponsors, City of Pasadena residents, and the general public. Scoring 24 unanswered points in the second quarter, the Pacific-10 Conference Champion University of Southern California Trojans defeated the Big Ten Conference co-champion, the Pennsylvania State University Nittany Lions, 38-24, for their third consecutive Rose Bowl victory (in their fourth consecutive appearance, having lost the 2006 BCS title game to the Texas Longhorns). The victory gave the Trojans their 24th Rose Bowl championship, the most by any team in the country. Quarterback Mark Sanchez scored five touchdowns, one rushing and four passing.