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NOLA Life Stories: 100 Different Memories For Each Sugar Bowl

Leon Trice, photographer
Historic New Orleans Collection
January 1, 1948: Texas Quarterback Bobby Layne #22 visits with Alabama’s Harry Gilmore #52. Layne received the Sugar Bowl’s very first MVP award, and was reputedly caught drinking hurricanes out of the trophy in the French Quarter that night. ";s:

On January 1, 1935 Americans were dealing with some big issues: the Great Depression had crippled the economy and the Dust Bowl had scoured the land. But down in New Orleans the mood was celebratory: football players getting ready to meet each other at the inaugural Sugar Bowl.

With more than 80 years of memories to draw from, this illustrious game could be remembered by anyone. But we turn to a group of experts who followed the game closely: sports writers, reporters and commentators – including the late Jerry Romig.   

These interviews were conducted by Mark Cave for the Historic New Orleans Collection as part of their Sugar Bowl Memory Project.

Thomas Walsh is an independent radio producer and audio engineer who lives in New Orleans. You'll see him around town recording music, podcasts, short films, live events and radio features. He's practically glued to his headphones. A movie geek to his core, he's seen every film listed on the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies and would love to talk to you about them.