A half century after the Santa Monica College (SMC) football team won the Junior Rose Bowl, the college is organizing a 50th Anniversary Junior Rose Bowl Championship celebration.
SMC has scheduled the celebration for this fall and is seeking assistance to get the word out to members of the 1958 squad, which officials said was part of the football glory days for the college.
The Santa Monica City College football team was undefeated in the 1958 season, the first and last time that the Corsairs were headed to the Junior Rose Bowl.
The Corsairs faced off against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M before 50,000 fans on December 13th, 1958. Their games had filled the campus stadium all season and large crowds came to watch the team practice.
The Corsairs never trailed in the game and they defeated Northeastern Oklahoma 30-12, finishing the season as national champions.
“The Junior Rose Bowl championship was an historic and exciting time for the college,” says SMC athletic director Rhonda Hyatt. “We want to celebrate this milestone in our history and hope to reach as many players on that extraordinary team as we can.”
In 1958, the Corsairs were led by head coach Jim Powers, former USC and San Francisco 49er quarterback, and assistant coaches John Joseph (SMC Hall of Famer) and Carl Mulleneaux, former all-pro with the Green Bay Packers.
The quarterback, Pat Young, went on to teach physical education and coach at his alma mater, which in 1970 dropped the “City” from its name to become simply Santa Monica College. One of the players with the famed team, tackle Marv Marinovich, had a brief career in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders.
Many of the original team members held a reunion in 1995 as part of the inauguration celebration of former SMC President Piedad F. Robertson.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the SMC Athletics Department at (310) 434-4311 or visit the Web site at www.smc.edu/athletics/.