Rose Bowl 1916

January 6th, 2016

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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