Wednesday’s 75th Annual Turkey Tussle Football Game Pits Muir Mustangs Against PHS Bulldogs – Pasadena Weekendr


The Pasadena High School Bulldogs and the John Muir High School Mustangs face off Wednesday, Oct. 26, for the annual Turkey Tussle Football Game at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena.

It’s 75e year of the historic rivalry football game between these two Pasadena high schools which officially began in 1947 as a game between Pasadena Community College and John Muir Junior College. These two schools played until 1953. The following year, the annual rivalry took place between what is now John Muir High School and Pasadena High School.

In 1955, the Victory Bell, a gift from the Santa Fe Railroad, was first used as a trophy for the winning school. Since then, the victory bell has been passed between the two schools as they meet on the field for that homecoming tradition and their final Pacific League game. The bell once rang from the top of an old steam locomotive. Two PHS student leaders, Scott Fitzwater and Jim Shelton, thought of asking Shelton’s father, Raymond Shelton, who was general manager of the Santa Fe Railroad, to get the bell for PHS. That year, John Muir High won the game, rushed to the end zone and rang the victory bell. Then they took the bell back to Muir.

Wednesday’s kickoff for the Turkey Tussle is at 7 p.m. at the Rose Bowl. The annual Turkey Tussle will also be broadcast by KRLN at

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