Did you know that the Rose Bowl wasn’t always played in Pasadena? After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1942, the game was played in Durham, North Carolina, where Duke played Oregon State. This is an interesting bit of trivia for football fans but it also gives some history behind a rare trophy find.
“Duke lost, but its coaches apparently were still given trophies. Digging through a pile of junk that was going to be tossed out recently, the collector […] called the North Carolina Museum of History and said he found the trophy he believes belonged to Eddie Cameron, who was an assistant coach on Wallace Wade’s staff.”
While the lucky owner is still seeking appraisal on the trophy, it’s already a valuable find; another coach’s trophy from the same game is on display at the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
Have you ever uncovered a rare trophy find somewhere unexpected?