Thursday, October 21, 2010

Mystery History -- Solved!

Davis wins with his/her 11:22 a.m. Tuesday guess "Unlike today, when a number of tickets for the annual Rose Bowl game are available to Pasadena residents at the Pasadena Civic Center box office, back in the 50's (by the look of the womens' coats), tickets were sold at the stadium itself. The first day these were available, folks arrived early in the morning for their spot in line. Some brought folding chairs, others made fires to ease the chill. Sound plausible? (I wasn't there.)"

Davis, your link didn't go to any contact information, so please e-mail me at and I'll tell you about your fabulous prize!

In the photo above, dated Dec. 21, 1951, more than 3,000 Pasadena residents form a line several blocks long in the early morning hours at the Rose Bowl Stadium for an opportunity to purchase 1,750 tickets available to the public.

Eleven days later, Illinois and Stanford football teams were on the field at the stadium. Illinois won 40 to 7 (ouch).

Illinois' Bill Tate (above) was named MVP.

This year, public tickets to the 2011 Rose Bowl Game will go on sale at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, through Ticketmaster only.

Many thanks to the Tournament of Roses.


Patrizzi Intergalactica said...

Congrats to Davis. Incredible. What a stumper.

Hoping to find that it was a Civil Rights rally, I spent entirely too much time turning over every possible... (sigh)

This Rose Bowl rabbit hole took me from 1949 Billy Graham hellfire and brimstone meetings to Pat Boone and the Tea Party.

Pasadena is never boring.

Cafe Observer said...

I need to wake up earlier

Jean Spitzer said...

Football game, after all? Oh well.

Petrea said...

Way to go, Davis!

Patrizzi, you are so right. Never boring.