History in the Making

November 20, 2010 – Every one who is packed into Yankee
Stadium tonight knows they are part of history. Tonight’s game between Notre
Dame (5-5) and Army (6-4) is the 50th matchup in their storied
rivalry. As I detailed in the October issue of Yankees Magazine, the greatest games in that history took place
across the street – at the old Yankee Stadium.

Knute Rockne’s “Win One for the Gipper” speech was uttered
during a game in the Bronx against Army. And, of course, the greatest college
football game of all-time (in the opinion of most football historians) took
place between an undefeated Notre Dame team and an undefeated Army team in
1946. That game resulted in a 0-0 tie, and it featured four eventual Heisman
Trophy winners.

There were several other epic battles between the two teams
at Yankee Stadium, including their 1925 contest, which many believe put Notre
Dame on the map.

Tonight is historic, not only because it’s a milestone game
in the rivalry, but because it’s the first football game at the new Yankee Stadium
and because it’s the first time these two teams have played in the Bronx since
1969.

Notre Dame and Army officials were intent on having their
teams play in the first game at Yankee Stadium. Moments after Heisman Trophy
winners Johnny Lujack (Notre Dame) and Pete Dawkins (Army) took the field the
for coin toss, their wish became a reality.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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