To dine with Hartnell's Jr. Rose Bowlers, make reservations before Oct. 2
Fans can join players and the coach from Hartnell College¹s Junior Rose Bowl football team of half a century ago as they celebrate together in Salinas at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11.
Seating is limited and reservations are due Oct. 2. Tickets for the casual dress banquet at 6 p.m. at the Salinas Elks¹ Club are $50 each, with proceeds going the Hartnell College athletic fund.
Send your check to Jr. Rose Bowl Dinner, 27232 Cortina Way, Salinas, CA 93908. If you have questions, telephone Don Ikeda at 831-422-4817 or Don Benedetti at 831-455-7939.
Also to be there with the 1952 team, the 1953 team will be part of the celebration. In an interview in 1989, Coach Dick Voris declared that his 1953 team was ³twice as good² as the Junior Rose Bowl team. In 1953, Hartnell outscored opponents 416 to 53. In 1952, the margin was 280 to 78.
Fans of the 1952 and 1953 undefeated teams coached by Voris still relate stories of the 'miracle' 20-20 tie in the Junior Rose Bowl. Most of the players from both teams are still living and will reunite with their coach at the dinner and at the College of Marin game at Salinas High School Sat., Oct. 12.
From the Junior Rose Bowl team, halfback Tony Teresa (now deceased) and quarterback Arlin 'Chuck' Dillard were named to the all-time Junior Rose Bowl team. Dillard was named Most Valuable Player of the 1952 Rose Bowl. He threw the pass for the tying touchdown to Teresa.
The '52 team recorded a number of firsts: first ever Hartnell undefeated team, first ever Northern California team invited to the Junior Rose Bowl, first ever Hartnell team coached by an alumnus. Their game was also the first tie in the Junior Rose Bowl.
Voris graduated from Salinas Junior College (later Hartnell) in 1942. After coaching his James Lick High School, San Jose, team to a championship, he brought nine players from the San Jose area and two from his previous coaching job in Hanford to join Salinas Valley area players.
In his two seasons at Hartnell, his teams compiled a 20-0-1 record, tying Bacone of Oklahoma in the exciting Junior Rose Bowl game. Now 81, he is retired from a career as an assistant coach in professional football.
The coach and players from both Voris teams will also be honored Saturday night, Oct. 12, at half-time of the College of Marin-Hartnell game at Salinas High School stadium.