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    The Four Horsemen of Notre Dame Signed Photograph Display. Sportswriter Grantland Rice penned these famous lines creating football immortality, "Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore their names are Death, Destruction, Pestilence, and Famine. But those are aliases. Their real names are: Stuhldreher, Crowley, Miller and Layden. They formed the crest of the South Bend cyclone before which another fighting Army team was swept over the precipice at the Polo Grounds this afternoon as 55,000 spectators peered down upon the bewildering panorama spread out upon the green plain below." George Strickler, then Knute Rockne's student publicity aide made sure the name stuck. He had pitched the idea out loud at halftime of the Army game in the press box as a tie-in to the 1921 Rudolph Valentino movie "The Four Horseman Of The Apocalypse." After the team arrived back in South Bend, he posed the four players, dressed in their uniforms on the backs of four horses from a livery stable in town. The wire services picked up the now-famous photo, and the legendary status of the Four Horsemen was assured. Offered here is the "best of the best," as far as Notre Dame collectors are concerned, while this photograph display features vintage matting signed by Don Miller, Elmer Layden (personalized to "Don 'The Nebraska Flash'"), Jim Crowley and Harry Stuhldreher. Exhibiting ink averaging 8-9/10 quality, it was most likely signed in the 1940's or 1950's. Framed with a vintage print of the fabled quartet, it measures at 15x18". A remarkable gridiron artifact, this "Holy Grail" caliber lot will surely be the centerpiece of any Fighting Irish collection. Pre-Certified by PSA/DNA.

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    November, 2014
    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
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