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When the football team played Washington State in the first Rose Bowl game on January 1, 1916, a downpour in normally sunny Pasadena turned the field into a mudhole. Its star player, halfback Fritz Pollard ’19, second from right above, couldn’t get his footing in the muck and got tackled into so many puddles that he wondered if he might drown. The California rain continued as snow in the Rockies, so after Brown lost, 14–0, weather delayed the team’s train in Denver. This photo shows the players arriving in Chicago on January 6, still a long way from Brown.

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01/30/16
 
Brown's Rose Bowl team featured in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue included not only the All American runner, Fritz Pollard, but also a great educator, coach and soldier, Wallace Wade '17. At Brown Wade was a scrappy lineman who blocked for Pollard in Pasadena, California. After graduation Wade coached in the South at Alabama and Duke to legendary success.  
 
His 1926 Alabama team went to the Rose Bowl in a game that at the time was considered to be the most important game ever for a team from the South. At Duke his 1838 team went unbeaten, untied and unscored upon through its nine game schedule before appearing in the 1939 Rose Bowl. 
 
At the age of 49 in March 1942 Wade voluntarily applied for military service. His football record was 148 wins, 32 losses and six ties through 19 seasons. He eventually commanded the 272nd Field Artillery Battalion across Europe. On his staff was my father, John Liebmann '41, and before he passed away in 2008 Dad told me about his service with Colonel Wade. He considered himself very fortunate to have come under his command and he was very proud of his long friendship which continued after the war ended in 1945. For his service Wade was awarded the Bronze Star as was my father.  
 
From all I have learned Wade was a better person than he was a football coach. In this anniversary year for Brown's Rose Bowl team, he deserves to be remembered and celebrated.  
 
(I believe Wade is the individual standing fifth from the left wearing the bow tie in the group picture. Thanks.)
 
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02/01/16
 
In the second paragraph, second line in the previous Comment "1838" should read "1938".  
 
For an excellent biography of Wallace Wade '17 see Wallace Wade (Championship Years at Alabama and Duke) by Lewis Bowling, published by the Carolina Academic Press in 2006.
 
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