J.Curtis Sanford founder

Cotton Bowl

As he sat among the fans watching SMU take on Stanford in the 1936 Rose Bowl, J. Curtis Sanford asked the question, "Why can't Dallas have a game like this?" Sanford returned home, rolled up his sleeves and got to work creating a New Year's Day Classic of his own. Advisers insisted his plan would never work. Fortunately, Sanford refused to listen. This man of vision pursued his dream with an intense passion and financed the first four games from his own pocket. Thanks to Sanford's foresight and determination, the Cotton Bowl Classic found a home and continues to thrive as one of college football's most exciting and storied traditions.

Dallas Oil Man & Sports Promoter
Conceived Idea at 1936 Rose Bowl
Received Copyright to the Cotton Bowl Name in January, 1936
Urged City Leaders to Rename Fair Park Stadium to
The Cotton Bowl
Inaugural Matchup Featured TCU & Marquette on January 1, 1937
Personally Underwrote First Four Cotton Bowl Games, 1937-1940
Guiding Force in Formation of CBAA.

J. Curtis Sanford, a Texas oil pioneer

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