A junk collector with a possible, rare find is now hoping to make some money while uncovering a lost piece of North Carolina sports history.
A North Carolina man believes he has a coach’s trophy from the 1942 Rose Bowl game played in Durham at Duke University. As collectors of college football memorabilia know, it’s only Rose Bowl ever played outside of Pasadena, California.
The Rose Bowl was moved after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Fearing more attacks, events on the west coast to be canceled, including the Rose Bowl. Duke University then offered to host the game.
The Blue Devils took on Oregon State that day and although they lost, the coaches still received trophies, one of which was apparently given to Duke’s backfield coach, Ellis Hagler. If it’s the real deal–and it appears to be–it could be worth a nice payday for the man who rescued it from the trash.
Watch the story from WTVD in Raleigh/Durham.