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By 1928, Notre Dame’s football program had come to full maturity, and it was respected nationally as a powerhouse in collegiate gridiron competition. The Irish were now conducting tough schedules, and it was in that 1928 season that the famous Rockne advanced this typed message to a fan in Chicago. Just a brief note, dated “October 9, 1928” explaining: “Am enclosing herewith eight tickets for the Navy game Saturday which is in accordance with the amount of money you sent. Sorry I can’t send you anything better but we are absolutely sold out. Yours sincerely [signed] K K Rockne.” Properly austere, the 8-1/2” x 11” page is official Notre Dame stationery; it’s compact folded in sixths, and with a couple stress punctures at the junctions (along with general toning), this sheet is VG. Rockne’s fountain pen signature, conversely, is impeccably “9-10.” The game at issue here was played in Chicago’s Soldier Field on October 13th and the Irish came away with a 7-0 victory over Navy. Do note in this letter that Rockne wasn’t merely Notre Dame’s Head Coach, but instead the “Director of Athletics.” LOA from PSA DNA.
1928 Knute Rockne TLS on Notre Dame Letterhead
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