1942 Duke Rose Bowl Pin vs. OSU – “Beat Hitler and Oregon State”

As you recall from previous posts, the 1942 Rose Bowl game that pitted Oregon State against Duke came at a tumultuous time in our country.  Weeks before the game the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, causing the game being moved from California to Duke’s campus in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Within a few days after the bombing, America would be at war with both Japan and Germany, and many of the men on both football teams would soon be in the war themselves, with some making the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

This white pinback is a little larger than a silver dollar and reads in Duke blue writing “BEAT HITLER AND OREGON STATE.”  While I’m sure many Duke fans wore that pin proudly back in 1942, this is the only one I have ever seen.  I have no idea if there was a “Beat Hitler and Duke” pin created for the OSU side, but if there was, I’m sure if would have been worn proudly too!

This pin is great example of sports and world events bringing a group of fans together and the nationalism that often ensues.  While the pin was made for Duke fans, I felt it was just too good to not post on an OSU memorabilia blog!

1942 RB Pin - Copy

c. 1920’s Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) Pennant

Here is another vintage Oregon State University pennant from the school’s Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) days (1890-1927).  This orange wool pennant is slightly smaller in size (about 24 inches long) than the more modern pennants and the black letters are simple and stitched on.  This pennant shows some signs of good use over the years!

c. 1930

Oregon Agricultural College Pennant