The Glass Bowl was an annual post-season college football bowl game played from 1946 to 1949. It was held at the University of Toledo's Glass Bowl.

Toledo had been a manufacturing center for glass objects, including automotive glass for nearby Detroit factories. Wayne Kohn, a shipyard worker at a Toledo glass company suggested to municipal leaders a "Glass Bowl" would be a way to build the city's and industry's prestige.[1] The University of Toledo made the announcement of the new bowl game at a press conference in New York, NY October 25, 1946.[2]

The University of Toledo operated the Glass Bowl Game as part of its regular schedule. In the four seasons of 1946-1949, Toledo had winning records going into the December date. Toledo won the first three contests but their perfect Glass Bowl record was shattered by the University of Cincinnati in the fourth bowl.

The University of Toledo's athletic board voted to postpone the Glass Bowl Game until December 1951. At the time Toledo's record was 2-4.[3] In 1951, the University of Toledo called off the game scheduled for December 1, 1951 as no schools contacted had indicated they would take part in it .[4]

Game resultsEdit

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team
December 7, 1946 Toledo 21 Bates College 12
December 6, 1947 Toledo 20 New Hampshire 14
December 4, 1948 Toledo 27 Oklahoma City University 14
December 3, 1949[5] Cincinnati 33 Toledo 13

See alsoEdit

List of college bowl games


  1. Sandusky Register Star News, December 2, 1946, page 8
  2. The Berkshire (Massachusetts) Evening Eagle, October 25, 1946
  3. The Corpus Christi Times, November 3, 1950
  4. The Ada (Oklahoma) Evening News, November 15, 1951
  5. The Sedalia (Missouri) Democrat, December 4, 1949

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