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Local Athlete Inducted Into Rose Bowl Hall Of Fame - Source Alexandria news

Posted on Jan 02,2018
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Charles "Pruner" West played for Washington & Jefferson College (courtesy photo)

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By Katie Smythe

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - The 2018 Tournament of Roses carries special significance for Alexandria, Virginia. Charles “Pruner” West, formerly an Alexandria-area doctor, is being inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame this year. West, a 1924 alum of Washington & Jefferson College (Washington, PA), was the first black quarterback to play in the Rose Bowl, the annual east-west gridiron contest to determine the national champion.

The 1922 game is legendary in Rose Bowl history. With West at the helm, “eleven iron men” played the entire game for W&J against the undefeated and heavily favored California Golden Bears in Pasadena, California, on Jan. 2, 1922. Washington & Jefferson, with an enrollment of 450 students, was the smallest school ever to play in the Rose Bowl. The “David versus Goliath” game ended in a 0-0 draw, the only scoreless tie in Rose Bowl history.

Washington & Jefferson College provided the following information about the historic game and Charles West:

The story of the 1922 Rose Bowl has reached legendary status: the improbable tale of a small school from western Pennsylvania that overcame obstacles, made it to Pasadena, and made history in the process.

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