Originally titled the "Tournament East-West football game," now known as the Rose
Bowl Game was first played on Wednesday, January 1, 1902 in Pasadena, California, starting the Pasadena tradition of New Year’s Day bowl games. It was part of the Tournament of Roses which also included the historic Tournament of Roses
Parade. The inaugural ball game featured the Michigan Wolverines, who
represented the East and Stanford University representing the West. The
winner was Michigan, 49 to 0.