American Football Database
1919 Tournament East-West football game
5th Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Naval Station Great Lakes 3 7 7 0 17
Mare Island Naval Shipyard 0 0 0 0 0
Date January 1, 1919
Season 1918
Stadium Tournament Park
Location Pasadena, California
MVP George Halas (E) – US Navy
Attendance 25,000
Tournament East-West football game
 < 1918 1920

The 1919 Rose Bowl, known at the time as the Tournament East-West Football Game, was a bowl game played on Jan 1, 1919. 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]


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 thet first appearance by a Navy team from the Naval Station Great Lakes.


First quarter

  • GL – Paddy Driscoll 30-yard drop-kick field goal

Second quarter

  • GL – Reeves, 3-yard run (Blacklock drop kick good)

Third Quarter

  • GL – George Halas, 32-yard pass from Driscoll (pass was 22 yards, and he ran for 10) (Blacklock drop kick good)

Game notes

Game MVP and future NFL 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, Pasadena Tournament of Roses