1942 Rose Bowl Trophy – Oregon State vs. Duke

I have previously posted some items and info on 1942 Rose Bowl game between Oregon State and Duke, which is most famous for being the only Rose Bowl played outside of California.  Due to concerns over WWII, the game was played in Durham, NC, where Oregon State upset a heavily favored Duke team by a score of 20-16.

While some memorabilia from this game can be found, one of the more rare items is the trophy that players and coaches were awarded from that game.  All Oregon State coaches and players received the trophies and we know at least the Duke coaches received them as well, because there was a story about a man in NC finding one of these trophies in the trash back in 2014, which had belonged to one of the Duke Coaches!

The pictures below include the trophy that was found in the trash (and later auctioned off), as well as the trophy from Oregon State player Leeland “Lee” Gustafson, who is pictured below (bottom row – far right on the team picture).  The trophy stands about 20 inches tall and is a beautiful example of the way trophies looked back when they had true character and style!

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