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The 1937 California Golden Bears football team
, nicknamed the "Thunder Team", represented the University of California, Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley , is a teaching and research university established in 1868 and located in Berkeley, California, USA...
in National Collegiate Athletic Association
The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a semi-voluntary association of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States...
(NCAA) intercollegiate competition
College football refers to American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities...
. They were led by third-year head coach Leonard "Stub" Allison. The Bears compiled a 10–0–1 record, outscored their opponents 214–33, and recorded seven defensive shutout
In team sports, a shutout refers to a game in which one team prevents the opposing team from scoring. While possible in most major sports, they are highly improbable in some sports, such as basketball....
s. The Bears received a berth in the 1938 Rose Bowl
The 1938 Rose Bowl was played on January 1, 1938, and was the 24th Rose Bowl. The game featured the California Golden Bears against the Alabama Crimson Tide, two of the top teams from the 1937 college football season...
where they defeated Alabama.
Team Players in the NFL
The following players were claimed in the 1938 NFL Draft
The 1938 National Football League Draft was held on December 12, 1937. The draft consisting of 12 rounds and 110 player selections, began with the leagues newest expansion team the Cleveland Rams taking Corbett Davis and ended with the Mr...
|| NFL Club
| Sam Chapman
Samuel Blake Chapman was an American two-sport athletic star who played as a center fielder in Major League Baseball, spending nearly his entire career with the Philadelphia Athletics . He batted and threw right-handed, leading the American League in putouts four times...
|| Washington Redskins
The 1938 Washington Redskins began with the team trying to improve on their 8-3 record from 1937.Defending champs on eve of 1938 season-Schedule:-Standings:...
| John Meek
|| Philadelphia Eagles
The 1938 Philadelphia Eagles season was their sixth in the league. The team improved on their previous output of 2–8–1, winning five games. The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.-NFL Draft:...
| Bob Herwig
|| Chicago Cardinals
The 1938 Chicago Cardinals season was their 19th in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous output of 5-5-1, winning only two games. They played seven of their eleven games on the road and failed to qualify for the playoffs for the 13th consecutive...
| Perry Schwartz
Perry Schwartz was a professional American football wide receiver. He played five seasons with the National Football League's Brooklyn Dodgers and the All-America Football Conference's New York Yankees ....
|| Brooklyn Dodgers (NFL)
The Brooklyn Dodgers were an American football team that played in the National Football League from 1930 to 1943, and in 1944 as the Brooklyn Tigers. The team played its home games at Ebbets Field. In 1945, because of financial difficulties, the team was merged with the Boston Yanks...
- Cal's 1937 'Thunder Team' rumbled to Roses, San Francisco Chronicle
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, November 28, 2004.
- Cal Football Legend Vic Bottari Dead at 86 , University of California, Berkeley, January 7, 2003.
- Thunder Team, Time
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, November 29, 1937.
- The Rivalry, University of California, Berkeley.
- Just Your Average Legend, California Magazine, University of California, Berkeley, November 2002.