December 1946: A bowl bid for Bobcat football

Perfect season? Bowl bid? Bates football? Yes, anything seemed possible in post-World War II America, even an undefeated Bobcat football season. And by virtue of its 7-0 record in 1946, Bates earned a bid to the inaugural Glass Bowl versus the University of Toledo on Pearl Harbor Day. The first postwar Bates team was a veteran squad quite literally. With servicemen swarming back to colleges nationally, athletic rosters often included older players, and the ’46 Bates team was no exception. Story and photos from the glorious 1946 season, as published in Bates Magazine in 1996: