1942 Rose Bowl Trophy to auction at Leland Little



2015-09-03 10:20:15

An historic trophy from America's most iconic college football game – The Rose Bowl – is heading to auction at Leland Little next week.

The Rose Bowl features teams from college football leagues on the East and West coasts of the U.S. First held in 1902, and played annually since 1916, the game has become a New Year's Day tradition and since 1926 has been held at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California.

However, in 1942 America was on high alert following the bombing of Pearl Harbour, and military officials felt a large public event on the Pacific West Coast would make a perfect target for another Japanese strike.

The Rose Bowl was set to be cancelled, until finalist Duke University offered to host the game in North Carolina. They were defeated by the visiting Beavers of Oregon State, but all the Duke players and staff were awarded trophies for their efforts, including this one presented to Duke Coach Eddie Cameron.

The football-shaped trophy, stood on an engraved base which reads "PLAYED AT / DURHAM N.C. / NEW YEARS DAY 1942 / E. CAMERON / COACH" is estimated at $5,000-$10,000.

"This important piece of North Carolina sports history is made even more significant by the fact that the 1942 game in Durham remains the only time since the Rose Bowl's 1923 inception that the game has been played away from Pasadena," said Leland Little, President of Leland Little Auctions.

"To our knowledge no such trophies have ever been brought to market before the present example," added Rob Golan, Historical Director at Leland Little Auctions. "This unique offering represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for anyone serious about preserving an artefact with numerous historical associations.  Where else could World War II, the Rose Bowl, Duke University and the great Eddie Cameron possibly intersect?"

The historic trophy will be offered as part of the Leland Little Fall Catalogue Auction, which takes place on September 9.

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