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The 1919 Rose Bowl, known at the time as the Tournament East-West Football Game, was a bowl game played on January 1, 1919, at Tournament Park in Pasadena, California. It was the 5th Rose Bowl Game. With the war just over, the game was played with players from the Mare Island Marines of California and the Great Lakes Navy from Great Lakes, Illinois.[1]

1919 Tournament East-West football game
5th Rose Bowl Game
1234 Total
Great Lakes Navy 3770 17
Mare Island 0000 0
DateJanuary 1, 1919
StadiumTournament Park
LocationPasadena, California
MVPGeorge Halas (E) – US Navy
Tournament East-West football game
 < 1918 1920



With college football teams depleted due to World War I, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses decided to stage the game with military personnel. With approval from President Woodrow Wilson, they invited the team from the Marine detachment at the Mare Island Naval Base for the second consecutive year, while it was the first appearance by a Navy team from the Naval Station Great Lakes.


1 2 3 4 Total
Great Lakes Navy 3 7 7 0 17
Mare Island 0 0 0 0 0
Qtr. Team Scoring play Score
1 GL Driscoll 30 yard FG GL 3–0
2 GL Reeves 3 yard rush, Blalock kick good GL 10–0
3 GL Halas 32 yard pass from Driscoll, Blalock kick good GL 17–0

Game notesEdit

Game MVP and future Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and Chicago Bears owner George “Papa Bear” Halas holds the Rose Bowl record for the longest non-scoring pass interception return of 77 yards.


  1. ^ Rose Bowl Game Timeline Archived 2010-03-17 at the Wayback Machine, Pasadena Tournament of Roses
  2. ^ MacCambridge, Michael (2005). ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. New York, N.Y.: ESPN Books. p. 1440. ISBN 1-4013-3703-1.