More than eight decades after his death, George Gipp is stillregarded by football historians as Notre Dame s best all-aroundplayer. And it was Gipp and his legendary coach, Knute Rockne, who were largely responsible for putting Notre Dame, then a smallMidwestern all-male Catholic school, on the map. But their nameswere to resonate well beyond that era as they each attained immortalstatus, both because of their football achievements and theirdistinctive, albeit vastly different, personalities Gipp, the enigmaticand undisciplined loner, and Rockne, the charismatic, highlyorganized, and disciplined coach, famous for his stirring orationsto his players and his ability to bring out the best in the insouciantGipp.
Exhaustively researched and meticulously reported, The Gipper isthe definitive examination of the enigmatic Gipp, his larger-thanlifecoach, and a bygone golden era in sports and American culture.
|Publisher:||Perseus Distribution Services|
|Publish Date:||Sep 2010|
|Number of Pages:||294|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.06|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.56 x 1.09 x 9.28|
|The Reluctant Dropkicker||p. 6|
|The Chance Meeting of a Lifetime||p. 16|
|The Pool Shark from Laurium||p. 26|
|The Missing Army Inductee||p. 36|
|The Beginning of a Legend||p. 49|
|Football's Odd Couple||p. 58|
|Deadly Flu Pandemic Cuts Short Rockne's First Season||p. 68|
|The Fighting Hibernians||p. 80|
|Dorais to Rockne and an Upset for the Ages||p. 88|
|Sharpshooter with a Basketball and a Cue Stick||p. 98|
|Gipp's Breakout Season||p. 107|
|Head Over Heels in Love||p. 122|
|Heartbreak in Indianapolis||p. 137|
|The Last Game||p. 160|
|Gipp's Fight for Life||p. 172|
|A Heartfelt Farewell||p. 184|
|The Four Horsemen||p. 193|
|Win One for The Gipper?||p. 214|
|Even Better Than the Horsemen||p. 245|
|The End of an Era||p. 258|
|About the Author||p. 284|
President Reagan's political rallying cry, "Win one for the Gipper", originated in his portrayal of star Notre Dame halfback George Gipp in the 1940 biopic Knute Rockne, All American and thence became a part of American cultural literacy. But what of Gipp himself? He was arguably one of the three greatest football players of the early 20th century along with Jim Thorpe and Red Grange, but Gipp is the least well known of the trio, so sportswriter Cavanaugh's (Tunney) treatment meets a glaring need.
The problem is that Gipp was a reticent loner who died 90 years ago at the age of 25. Fortunately, Cavanaugh was able to draw on several interviews he conducted 30 years ago with many of Gipp's teammates and contemporaries while he was writing a magazine piece. He has supplemented those with further interviews with descendants and additional research to create as full a picture of Gipp as is likely to emerge. Still, the book is as much about coach Knute Rockne and Notre Dame football as it is about Gipp, whose short, colorful life was marked by a propensity to spend more time drinking and gambling than attending class.
Verdict: A welcome resource on a legendary figure, also giving a valuable depiction of a fabled coach and the start of a college football dynasty.
-John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ
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Win one for The Gipper. Has there ever been a better-knownand widely-used exhortative phrase in sports? Not likely. But who was the “Gipper, ” this mythical-like sports figure whose nickname has aroused, in turn, awe, wonderment, curiosity, and amusement since the second decade of the twentieth century, and why ishis story important? Answering those questions is the formidabletask taken on here by veteran sportswriter Jack Cavanaugh, whose Pulitzer Prize-nominated biography of boxing legend Gene Tunney was referred to as “impressively researched and richly detailed”by Sports Illustrated.
More than eight decades after his death, George Gipp is stillregarded by football historians as Notre Dame’s best all-aroundplayer. And it was Gipp and his legendary coach, Knute Rockne, who were largely responsible for putting the small Midwestern all-male school on the map.
Like Cavanaugh’s other critically acclaimed books, The Gipper isalso a period piece, with a considerable focus on the era before, during, and immediately after WWI. It details the changes thatthe country underwent during that time, including the onset ofProhibition and the gangs that it spawned in the Midwest such asthose active in the South Bend area and in nearby Chicago, headedby the notorious Al Capone.
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