Next Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday, so it seems to be a good time to remember the five year series of football games in Little Rock known as the Copper Bowl.
From December 1959 through December 1963, the Little Rock Police Department played the North Little Rock Police Department in a series of football games. The Copper Bowl games were fundraisers to help the LRPD provide food and presents for needy families during the Christmas season.
The agreement was that the teams would play for five years. The team with the most wins would permanently receive the Copper Bowl trophy. The LRPD was outfitted with uniforms from Little Rock University and Louisiana State University (thanks to the efforts of Sgt. Harold Zook). The games were played at Quigley Stadium.
Before the final game on December 1, 1963, the series was tied at 2-2. The LRPD team won the game and permanently captured the trophy. Over the five year period several thousand dollars were raised.