Knute Rockne Signed Letter to 7 Mules Notre Dame football player Joe Bach PSA/DNA LOA

Amid the gentle silence and serenity of a South Bend, Indiana cemetery, one finds a quiet grave site with the most modest of headstones. "Knute Rockne - Father", reads the inscription. Beneath the Indiana soil rests the remains of Knute Kenneth Rockne, a Norwegian immigrant who was, without question, American football's most-renowned coach. This man would instill unparalleled spirit and enthusiasm in a team. From 1918 to 1930, Rockne's Notre Dame elevens were the toast of national gridirons, running to a 105-12-5 record. Rockne's electric personality and the stylish play of his teams captured public imagination during the "Golden Age" of sports in the Roaring Twenties. Five times, his clubs went undefeated as he perfected such maneuvers as the Notre Dame Shift and guided legendary athletes George Gipp, Hunk Anderson, Rip Miller, and of course, the Four Horsemen - Harry Stuhldreher, Jim Crowley, Don Miller and Elmer Layden. Then, on March 31, 1931, America and the world mourned the news -Knute Rockne had died in a plane crash at Bazaar, Kansas... a hero, fallen, but never forgotten. Will Rogers paid this tribute: "Notre Dame was Knute Rockne's address, but every gridiron in America was his home."   - College Football Hall of Fame Bio

Offered is an original 8.5” x 11” typed letter signed from July 16, 1930 on Notre Dame letterhead (less than a year before his untimely death) to his former player Joe Bach (who was one of the 7 Mules on the 1924 National Championship team.  Bach would also go on to coach college football and in the NFL). Great football content and he mentions Elmer, who we believe is Elmer Layden (one of the 4 Horsemen).  Many of Rockne’s former football players went on to prominent coaching careers.



Item: 12141

Price: $4,995.00
Knute Rockne Signed Letter to 7 Mules Notre Dame football player Joe Bach PSA/DNA LOA