The 1951 Rose Bowl

It’s hard to imagine today that the academically inclined University of California at Berkeley was once a football powerhouse, having rostered undefeated teams from 1920 through 1924 and appearing in three consecutive Rose Bowls from 1949 through 1951. Despite having lost the 1949 and 1950 Rose Bowls, Cal was favored to win the 1951 game as it had enjoyed an undefeated season (nine wins and one tie) while its opponent, the University of Michigan, had just five wins, three loses, and a tie. Yet the Michigan Wolverines managed to upset the Bears by 14 to 6. Cal would appear in only one more Rose Bowl, which it lost to Iowa in 1959.

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This lunch menu featuring both a la carte and table d’hôte sides was used on the Los Angeles Limited on January 5 and had a special imprint on the inside for celebrating members of Michigan’s Wolverine Club returning east. Union Pacific may have made an effort to provide the Wolverines with menus featuring western universities, in this case, Stanford.

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