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Early 1919 Knute Rockne report...



Item # 575289

September 7, 1919

THE NEW YORK TIMES, September 7, 1919 

* Early Knute Rockne 
* Notre Dame Fighting Irish 
* NCAA college football
 

This 70+ page newspaper has small one column headlines on page 7 of the sport's section (near the back): "NOTRE DAME LINE IS WEAK" "Coach Rockne Faces Problem, Except in the Back Field"

Rare & early mention of Knute Rockne with some Notre Dame pre-season news prior to their 9-0 undefeated, National champion season. This would be Rockne's first successful season there (2nd overall). Early Notre Dame report prior to becoming a National powerhouse.

Other news of the day. Light browning with minor margin wear, otherwise good. 

wikipedia notes: Knute Kenneth Rockne (March 4, 1888 – March 31, 1931) was an American football player and is regarded as one of the greatest coaches in college football history. His biography at the College Football Hall of Fame calls him "American football's most-renowned coach." He was a native Norwegian and was trained as a chemist at the University of Notre Dame, where he later coached. He is credited with popularizing the use of the forward pass.

As head coach of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana from 1918 to 1930, he achieved an all-time winning percentage of 88.2%, the highest percentage in Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A) history. During 13 years as head coach, he oversaw his "Fighting Irish" to 105 victories, 12 losses, five ties, and five national championships, including five undefeated seasons without a tie. His players included George 'Gipper' Gipp the "Four Horsemen" (Harry Stuhldreher, Don Miller, Jim Crowley, and Elmer Layden), Frank Thomas, Frank Leahy, and Curly Lambeau.

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