1916 Tournament of Roses Full Size Pennant - Second Rose Bowl 
Lot Number 531
 
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The first Rose Bowl, originally known as the Tournament East-West Game, was played in 1902 and put on by members of Pasadena's Valley Hunt Club . The first postseason college football game ever played was a lopsided affair, and so games were suspended in lieu of chariot races, ostrich races and other events. In 1916, the decision was made to bring back football, and the Tournament of Roses Committee selected Brown and Washington State. Presented is an original 33” felt pennant from the Tournament of Roses held on January 1, 1916 in Pasadena, California. The two-toned relic features a 10” portion in purple felt stitched to a 23” gold felt portion. The most extreme 1/2” tip is missing, and the gold section exhibits moderate toning. The appliquéd “roses” on the purple section do contain mild crackling but remain entirely intact. The three outermost portions each have a pinhole. This rare artifact from the “Granddaddy of Them All” is dated January 1, 1916 in the left portion and Tournament of Roses Pasadena in the right portion. Highlights from the second Rose Bowl include WSU coach Williams “lone Star” Dietz coaching in a full tuxedo, top hat and cane and a subpar performance from Brown running back and NFL Hall of Famer Fritz Pollard. Pollard was the first African-American head coach in the NFL and one of the first two black players in the National Football League. An uncharacteristically small crowd of 10,000 attended the game, thus limiting the number of pennants sold on that particular day. 
 
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