Shake Down the Thunder

Shake Down the Thunder

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qSperber...tackles the details, great and small, unearthing a treasure.q a€”New York Times Book Review Shake Down the Thunder traces the history of the Notre Dame football programa€”which has acquired almost mythical proportionsa€”from its humble origins in the 19th century to its status as the paragon of college sports. It presents the true story of the program's formative years, the reality behind the myths. Both social history and sports history, this book documents as never before the first half-century of Notre Dame football and relates it to the rise of big-time intercollegiate athletics, the college sports reform movement, and the corrupt sporting press of the period. Shake Down the Thunder is must reading for all Fighting Irish fans, their detractors, and any reader engaged by American cultural history.The letter from John Shea (of N.D. aquot;Victory Marchaquot; fame), 9 September 1919, is in UADR 6/96. ... Kiosinski, Pro Football in the Days of Rockne, discussed the 1919 teama#39;s semipro excursions on pages 79-85. ... Harpera#39;s advice about obtaining a raise is in a letter to Rockne, 6 December 1919 (UADR 6/40); the availability of the Kansas job and the congratulations on the aquot;financial reportaquot; are in the sameanbsp;...

Title:Shake Down the Thunder
Author:Murray A. Sperber
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 1993


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