1938 Rose Bowl
24th Rose Bowl Game
1234 Total
California 0760 13
Alabama 0000 0
DateJanuary 1, 1938
StadiumRose Bowl
LocationPasadena, California
MVPVic Bottari (California HB)
FavoriteCalifornia [1][2]
Rose Bowl
 < 1937  1939

The 1938 Rose Bowl was the 24th edition of the college football bowl game, played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on Saturday, January 1. The game featured the second-ranked California Golden Bears of the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) against the #4 Alabama Crimson Tide of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), two of the top teams from the 1937 college football season. This game was the fifth trip to Pasadena for the Tide, which had gone without a loss in the previous four.[1][3][4][5]


Main article: 1937 college football season


Main article: 1937 California Golden Bears football team


Main article: 1937 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

Game summary

The game was a Vic Bottari and Sam Chapman show, as the duo combined for all 13 points. It was Alabama's first loss in the Rose Bowl,[3][4] which prompted former Los Angeles Examiner reporter Maxwell Stiles to write: “The Crimson Tide was at its ebb, Alabama at last had lost a Rose Bowl Game.”


First quarter

No scoring

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

No scoring


California's record in the Rose Bowl improved to 2–1–1, but this remains their most recent victory, with four losses since. The Golden Bears' next appearance was eleven years away, and the most recent was 63 years ago in January 1959.

Alabama's record in Pasadena dropped to 3–1–1; their next Rose Bowl was a win in January 1946, the last edition prior to the exclusive agreement with the Big Nine (now Big Ten). The Tide played in three major bowls in between, with two wins.


  1. ^ a b "California and Alabama are ready". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 1, 1938. p. 10.
  2. ^ McLemore, Henry (January 2, 1938). "Bears, Alabama ready for Rose Bowl". Pittsburgh Press. United Press. p. 11.
  3. ^ a b McLemore, Henry (January 2, 1938). "California's 'Bears' claw Alabama, 13–0". Pittsburgh Press. United Press. p. 1, sports.
  4. ^ a b "California stampedes 90,000 crowd in Rose Bowl, defeats Alabama". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 2, 1938. p. 1, sports.
  5. ^ Green, Ben (January 2, 1938). "California overpowers 'Bama, 13-0". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). p. 1.