University of Notre Dame - Dome Yearbook (Notre Dame, IN)

 - Class of 1920

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A v " ffihg (gfaxetttg gome " of scientific and go-as-you-please football and no player has given more to Notre Dame than " Maddy. " As he inspired the varsity for three years on many fields he will be retained to instruct the new men in the " never-say-die " spirit which he typified. Madigan, Notre Dame ' s tribute of gratitude for vour services is endless. " LITTLE DUTCH " BERGMAN, the second, but not the last of his clan, we hope, is through. " Dutch " was light and small for the work he did. Many times injuries kept him out of big games which surely would have assured him of nation-wide recognition. A page would not hold a complete account of " Dutch ' s " deeds. Single-handed, almost he has de- ' feated our rivals the Army and Nebraska. He was a " marked " man in every game and suffered injuries accordingly. This phantom " will-o ' -the wisp " diminutive half, our " Flying Dutchman, " will never be forgotten. No football man was ever more popularly respected and admired by the faculty and students than he. Here ' s to " Little Dutch " Bergman, the gamest " big little man, " the most memorable of the 1919 " Fighting Irish. " " WALLY " MILLER is another of a name and family justly famed in Notre Dame gridiron history. Only one feature betrays Wally ' s " raring to go and tear ' em up ' ' temper- ament, — only the square " battleship " chin of his beautiful blonde cherubic countenance is the tell-tale. Walter ' s All-American qualities did not end with his good looks. That chin be- tokened " fight " and therefore he did. With eyes glistening, teeth clinched, " Sonofabuck " on his lips and head low for a line plunge Walter was invincible. At fullback this year Miller proved the life of the defense in bis tackling. On the offense his punting and con- sistent plunges for gains are deeds we all know. Walter Reilly Miller is the second brilliant football ideal contributed by the Defiance, Ohio, Millers. " FRITZ " SLACKFORD returned from his war service experiences bigger and better than ever. This year was Slackford ' s big year. The old injury " jinx " was a trifle more lenient than usual and the big blonde back registered success every start he made. Most notable of his deeds is his stunt of taking the ball for seven or eight successive downs on line plunges for a total of fifty or sixty yards. Nineteen-nineteen was a big year on defense for Fritz. It was he who blocked the onrusbing frenzied Army backs when it seemed as if they could not be stopped and it was Fritz who bowled them over as they rushed in to block " Cy " Degree ' s punts in our own territory. We wish we had him for another year. " GROVE " MALONE of La Salle. Illinois, has been one of the most versatile back- field men developed under the regime of Harper and Rockne. Few backs have worked as hard, with the consistent determination to make good, as has the former central Illinois scholastic star. Facing the stiff est kind of opposition every year he has been out, Grover has succeeded in getting thru his share of work regardless of injury " jinxes " and a host of enemy tacklers. His work has been phenomenal on numerous occasions and this year in the early battles he bade fair to outdo his previous efforts. His ability to skirt the ends or plunge thru stonewall defenses made him an invaluable squad man. We are sorry injuries kept him from bigger opportunities to prove his worth which we all well know. Deciding to Trick Nebraska i 215

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— ? -« n c , " Wxz (Hwetitg jPomg " MOHARDT Halfback Walsh Fullback Shaw Tackle Pearson Quarterback have every confidence in his success. They feel that Notre Dame ' s football men have selected " a big man for a big job. ' ' The former Englewood high school star has earned a reputation as an unbeatable lineman. Weighing over two hundred pounds, standing six one in his socks, Frank Coughlin presents a herculean figure such as has been missing in football lineups in recent years. He has never met his match in the left tackle position and is the only giant tackle in the country fast enough to figure in an aerial offense as receiver of passes. Coughlin ' s sensational forward pass receiving featured Rockne ' s bewildering aerial attack last year. The combination of brain, brawn and speed won him All-Western honors as well as the highest Notre Dame could give. EX-CAPTAIN-ELECT GIPP will wear Notre Dame ' s colors again despite rumors and indications to the contrary. George Gipp of Laurium, Michigan, was honored and rewarded by the election to the captaincy of the 1920 squad, but surrendered the honor when conditions forced him to retire from school, presumably for good. But he has re- turned, and the greatest halfback in the West will be in Rockne ' s service. With George Gipp in the backfield Notre Dame ' s unmatched, unfathomed aerial attack will continue to worry coaches and to delight tens of thousands. No man can equal the coolness, accuracy, and brain with which Gipp hurls the ball into the arms of the ends going at top speed. His offensive work in carrying the ball is as spectacular as his defensive ability is sure and deadly. He was picked for All-State. All-Western and All-American honors by many critics last year, and we predict for him unanimous nation-wide honors this fall. MEN WHOM WE ALL WILL MISS " SLIP " MADIGAN, Notre Dame ' s gritty " fighting-Irish " center, has completed one of the most remarkable careers in the history of Notre Dame linemen. Madigan was out- weighed and usually overtopped by every man he opposed in three years of football, but never outfought or outwitted. Madigan is a fighting figure of brain and muscle, a wizard 214 HI. IT

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Wxz Huxent£ jBome " ps W, V Invading West Point " CY DEGREE " is a three year monogram man whom we all would wish to see with us for three more. Known as " Old Reliable " among the linemen " Cy " has put in three hard but happy years of service for Notre Dame. At tackle Degree has never met his match and altho working under the handicap of bad injuries in many of his games, he has con- sistently shown brilliantly on the defense. Degree ' s punting has been a factor in Gold and Blue victories for three years. Anyone who has seen him lift the ball over fifty yards time after time in crucial games can estimate what he is to Rockne ' s defense plans. Not once did he fail to get the oval away in time. " NORM " HARRY is a tried and true Notre Dame product. He has come up thru St. Edwards, Carroll and the Interhall leagues to take his place as the " fieriest fighting " backfield man Rockne and Dorais have handled in years. " Norm " was always raring to go, and when he started he was hard to stop. Only a few times did he fail to regis- ter yardage when given the ball. Light, speedy, in- stinctively clever in the open field, Barry ran the wings in wonderful style. His work at the Army- last year especially stamps him as one of our best. Notre Dame loses a wonderful all-around athlete in Norman Barrv. " DUD " PEARSON came to N. D. as a likely gridiron produce of Chippewa, Wisconsin, the home of " Gus " Dorais and other football notables. " Dud " proved himself capable of handling the Varsity under fire in some of the biggest contests in which it played in recent years. Old " jinx " Injury was a pal of Dudley ' s, which accounts for the fact that Pearson ' s name did not grace the combat list oftener. Pear- son ' s real calibre was shown in his work against W. J. in 1917, when he led our forlorn hopes to victory amidst overwhelming odds. In the M. A. C. game last year the " Tiger " is also credited with some brilliant runs and great generalship. A gentleman, student and good fellow we name him. Gym Door at West Point GREAT MATERIAL FOR 1920 " BERNIE " KIRK barely struck his stride last year, the coaches tell us, and yet he was the offensive 216 fihi

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