The Gipper: George Gipp, Knute Rockne, and the Dramatic Rise of Notre Dame Football

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The Gipper: George Gipp, Knute Rockne, and the Dramatic Rise of Notre Dame Football

Format:  Paperback,

294 pages

Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services

Publish Date: Aug 2012

ISBN-13: 9781616086015

ISBN-10: 1616086017

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Win one for the Gipper. Has there ever been a better-knownand more widely-used exhortative phrase in sports? Notlikely. But who was the Gipper, this seemingly mythical athletewhose nickname has aroused, in turn, awe, wonderment, curiosity, and amusement since the second decade of the twentieth century, and whose death while still a student plunged the Notre Damecampus, the city of South Bend, Indiana, and indeed much of thecountry into collective grief?

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.

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Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
Publish Date: Aug 2012
ISBN-13: 9781616086015
ISBN-10: 1616086017
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 294
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.84
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.25 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 9781616086015

Chapter outline

Introductionp. 1
The Reluctant Dropkickerp. 6
The Chance Meeting of a Lifetimep. 16
The Pool Shark from Lauriump. 26
The Missing Army Inducteep. 36
The Beginning of a Legendp. 49
Football's Odd Couplep. 58
Deadly Flu Pandemic Cuts Short Rockne's First Seasonp. 68
The Fighting Hiberniansp. 80
Dorais to Rockne and an Upset for the Agesp. 88
Sharphooter with a Basketball and a Cue Stickp. 98
Gipp's Breakout Seasonp. 107
Head Over Heels in Lovep. 122
Heartbreak in Indianapolisp. 137
The Last Gamep. 160
Gipp's Fight for Lifep. 172
A Heartfelt Farewellp. 184
The Four Horsemanp. 193
Win One for The Gipper?p. 214
Even Better Than the Horsemenp. 245
The End of an Erap. 258
Epiloguep. 275
Acknowledgmentsp. 280
About the Authorp. 284
Bibliographyp. 285
Indexp. 287

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2010-10-01)

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

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Win one for the Gipper. Has there ever been a better-knownand more widely-used exhortative phrase in sports? Notlikely. But who was the Gipper, this seemingly mythical athletewhose nickname has aroused, in turn, awe, wonderment, curiosity, and amusement since the second decade of the twentieth century, and whose death while still a student plunged the Notre Damecampus, the city of South Bend, Indiana, and indeed much of thecountry into collective grief?

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.

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