APRIL 9, 1931 BLYTHEVILLE. (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Courage and Persistence of Great Coach Moulded Fighting .Units. EDITOR'S NOTE: This is Ihc !asl of a beries of five articles on rltasts n (he life and cirfer of Knufe Koekne, wrfiten by William liraucher, sports' editor «f NEA Service, who vr« ilntimattlj^ acquainted with the famous coach.. • » » BV WILLIAM BRADCllfli NEA Service Sports Editor Notre Damp football learns under Knulc Rocknc were smart thinking, swift, marvclously-llmcd machines that were beautiful to watch. But, more than that— They were teams with a soul. Hoclmo united them not. only with amazing ' football co-ordination ana technique. He fused into them Ills own courage and persistence and—what made them a mighty unit—his own emotions. They were ' united spiritually under neck. He was their friend. H? met them more than half-way. Tlicj could take their troubles to him at his home In the evening and they could feel sure he would understand. He has received scores of requests for aid from former football players at Notre Dame. He rever turned one down. Many of them he found jobs for. Many others he* aided financially. To use term I once heard from an old Notre Dame man, "Rock always was a sucker for a big fat touch.' • * * One of the most dramatic football incidents I have seen o:curre< in the dressing room at. Soldiers Field, Chicago, between the halves of the 1929 game with Southen California. Notre Dame was be hind at the half, and as the play ers gathered in the dressing room Paul Castner, brilliant player ol ai earlier day, began to adrdess tlv weary team: "Fellows, I'm not going to burdei you with a speech. I have listened to a lot of speeches in the dressing • room in my time and most of then . didn't mean anything. I'm simph , Going to ask you a few questions. ; "When any of you get into trou ble to whom do you go? When any of you want help, who's alway ready to give it? When any of yo need a friend, who do you him up?" Just then tha door swung opei and Rockne was brought in, lyin tack In the wheel chair in whic lie was carried, to several game that~SSnsbn:"Castner: stepped 'ove and placed : his hand on Rockne' arm. "Hero lie Played Roles In Rockne Triumphs I'OU KNOW THAT— < Bill Terry's ambition is to have a big country estate on (be |j outskirts of Memphis . . . and, as John McGraw might say, "a couple of more seasons ai those wages, young fellow, and you'll have several of 'sm." , . . Joe Shaute should find happiness with the Robins . . . he has Jake Flowers to sing with. . . . Dazzy Vance, after signing for $23,000 to pitch a few months or baseball, spake thusly: "The only reason I signed tin's contract was because I was not willing to wreck the pcnnnnt chances of the team. York (president o[ the Robins) and the directors were willing to ruin (heir team before the season started just to beat me." . . . Dick Dunn, chosen as promoter of the Schnieling-Stribling bout, ran errands for the old Madison Square Garden 15 years ago. Army gams — the dearest enemy. Army, Oipp's It looked During the like the Army's year first, half the teams Alex In "Bush" League Now .'aid Castner. He the felloe jou turn to no matter what your trouble is. Dock's sick, but he came over here against the doctor's orders to be with you. He couldn't stay away because he lov- fs every cue of you. Now listen to him for a minute." • » « Rockne suddenly leaned forward. "Go on out there." lie said, "go en out there this half and play those guys off their feet in the first five minutes. Go on out there! P!ay 'em off their feet in the first five minutest "They rton't like it. I tell you they don't like it! Come en boys, Hock is watching yon play "cm." A Dame few minutes later a Notre football team swept down j or tne House of. David semi-pro nine. This, photo,.. take at Mineral Springs, Tex., the spring training base .of" •'•the House o David team, .shows Old Alex and. Dave Harrison, star;third basema: of the cult, discussing the new baseball^ the field like a savage flame. Jce Savoldi plunged over the line for a touchdown. Frank Caridco kick . ed the extra point that won the game. 13 to 12. Rockm was not a man. however, to flaunt his emotions. They were deep and quirt, but every Notre Dame player knew they were there. Thci dressing room scene at Soldiers' Field was uncommon. Rockne was a man of admirable restraint; in his own days as a player lie had heard too many high-powered dressing room speeches to allow himself to stoop to mere oratorical devices. • * • There is a legend at Noire Dame that Rockne embraced but one player in all his clays as a coach there. That player, who by Ihe way- is still in school, was Johnny O'Brien, called "Two-Minute" or as often "One-Play" O'Brfcn. The story of that affectionate embrace goes clear back to the day of George Gipp. Notre Dame's hero martyr. Rcckro was at Gipp's bedside when he died from a throat infection after earning All-America honors in 1320. Rock loved the Four Horsemen, but it Is safe to say that Gipp was closest to his heart. The story lias been trild often of how Gipp, dying, turned to Rockn and said: "I've got to go. Rock. It's all right. I'm not afrairt. Some time. Rock, when the team's up against It, when things nrc wrong and the breaks arc beating the boys, tell them to go In there with all they've got- and win. just one for 'the Dipper-' I'don't know where I'll be Grovcr Cleveland Alexander, former National League pitching hero who seldom needed more than a haircut and shave to get in trim fo fousht rioggedly. and though Notre I a baseball campaign, 'doesn't need even that now.. • He 'has stgnec Dame, was outplayed, tin score was O.to O'w+ien the players assembled in the dressing room between the halves. It was then that Rock told th?m of Gipp's last request. "He said." Rock told the steam-, irjg, bedraggled players, "to ask tliei boys to win on.-) for 'the Gipper.' [ And this is the game!" In the second half, Notre Dame, lhat had appeared to be a sure loser in the first two periods, ployed a t'?am inspired. Army, however, scored a touchdown. • • * Quarterback Carideo called upon every resource. Speedy Clicviany, at halfback, fought lite a lic^r. After that touchdown by Army, it seemed, an unbeatable spirit surged through the team. They started an inexorable march toward the Army goal. Ch^vigny finally crashed across, and ns he did. shouted grimly to his mates, "There's one for ; the Oippcr!" Tile teams went into the fourth quarter, 0 lo G. Every yard now bccair.j a battle for blood. Chcrig- ny was removed, unconscious on his feet. Inch by inch Notre Dame fought with the ball to Army's 40- yard line. There were three minutes to play. RocI; looked down the b?nch. Tnere. with eagerness and hope fining in his eyes was O'Brien. "One-Play" O'Brien. They had dubt,:d him Hut bocausc of a pass Nicmcc us;d to fling him. far down the field. That pass was Johnny O'Brien's pet. Did RccJcnc see in that eager shining face tome part of himself in his old days at end for Notre Dame? Did he sec himself out there, with norais hurling a long spiral inlo his waiting arms? He acted quickly". "Johnny," he said, "out you go." There was no need to tell Johnny O'Brien what was expected of him. He ran. Cai'idco knew. There was no need to tell him. either. Every man on the team knew, too. AI the snap of tte ball. O'Brien tvas aivny like nn arrow. Fifteen yards dawn Iho field, he veered to the left. Then suddenly he cut to tl'o right. Over into the far corner It couldn't be a n'innln" smile that Sam Gray, St. Louis Browns pitcher, is displaying here, for Sam lost K and won only four last year, the l»orest showing of his entire Consequently, the grin mus be the result of what Sam imagines to those Amcricai League batters with the new Plan New ; Sunday Ball League: at Meeting Tonight Representatives of Arkansa teams in the Arfc-Mo and' Chicks saw Sunday baseball - leagues meet at the Hubbard Hnrdwar company at 7:30 o'clock tonight ' organize n Sunday' ball league n the coming season. • Missouri teams- in the leagu last y^ar win organize a southca Missouri loop this season '• scpara and distinct from the Arkaus; leagues it is understood. Representatives of the' follow!] teams have signified tteir intci tion of attending the session t night: Hightower, -F.towah, Pron ise Land, Gosnell, Wttle River, T mato. Lone Oak,' .Huffman, DC Yarbro, Dlythev'iite/;Uibs. PAGE FIVB BRUSHING UP SPORTS By Laufer rdlf.ilion More iKiwer to Jackie ftfllchell, ChattnnooBii lady pitcher wlio nick out lliilw Kuth mid l<cu ^"•iR on fix pitched ballsl Bui. llanlry being wlml tl is, wouldn't 'ii luilc In see Jack thrinv (hnl s.1 one over the middle In the Titling gainc of n world soli's, tin Oases loaded and tlivoo id two on (he IJainmuo? OI mse. if you nrc a home run (an, uyui' you'd soil of like II. Urty O'Doul and Babe Herman y the new ball Is deader, that iey swing with nil tlislr might mid hat would hiive been n home run Hit year now becomes a Tc-xiis iT. Adolfo Iiuqnc says the cw ball Is Just like the old one, »l It go.'s just us far when Hie ds tmack it. Which makes it ap- eai thai the pitchers and bat- is look at the pellet from slight- different viewpoints, or Dasay Vance Is slipping, llo court feel so sure of himself any ngcr. Ho feels lhat mnybc the tin that won 28 uitmcs for tho nhlns in in?4 Is not. \vhnl she scd lo be. Me sees the beginning the end. Otherwise, why, I nsk on, did he ever come off his iwrch id sign for $23,0<10 when lie \vant- J $25,000?' dial Note lu his 35th year, after serving us nderstudy to Mickey Coclirane for ve years, Ralph (Gy) 1'crkliis non as become understudy to 13111 'k'Xey of the Yankees. Perkins had ecu catching in the majors for 11 :ars before Dickey ever reached n aiikee training camp. Such nrc he vicissitudes of servitude. )ocla ration But for one player the SI, Louis Cardinals could count their chips low an sit down with impcr ami xncil and figure out how miicl' l:ay might have received in 1931 >y finishing iti fourth place. That ilayer Is ihc man who will pu 1 liem in the first division this year 'hat player is a young man who svo years ago ill the training camp t Avon Park, Fin., missed 20 con- Ecutlve pitches in baiting prae- lee. That plnyer is a young mat if whom veterans suid then: "lle'l lever hit In this league." Tha >inyer is Shortstop Charley Gel x>rt. • • * Relleclion on Fame Knute Rockne was snatched fron ifc IU th? height of his jwwer nnc amc. T.con K. (Red) Ames, form cr star pitcher for the. New Yor slants, lived to see "fAmc 1 nnd-'l vave it gcodby. Ames Is now n milk wagon driver in Warren, O. END OF INDIANS PREDICTED PHILADELPHIA. (UP)—Within he r^xt generation the American Indian will virtually disappear through intermarriage wUh the \rhite race, according to Dr. Ales Hrdlickn, curator of the pliysic.il anthropology of the National Museum at Washington. Dr. llrdticka spoke at the Wagner Free Institute. NASHUA. N. IT., (UP) -- The biggest fish of the season, according to loc.il standards, was captured right here on Main street. A light-fingered fellow ci nckeil open a barrel behind a fish market and escaped with a 02-pound halibut. ThisTime COLUMBIA, .Mo;, (UP) — D bursemeiits on ..first payments Missouri federal seed loans now to- (hen. Rock, but I'll know about and be bappy." of the field a long, arching pass was thrown. At the precise instant. O'Brien sped under It, clutchc-d the ball in hands that George Glpi> had made like strol. and pranced across the goal line for the winning touchdown. He was taken out at once. Rockne wanted to see him right away. .... i As "Onn.-rlay Johnny reached the Rocki'.e troasured that request, for| bencll Ol( , Rock nro / c and fcizcd eight year?, nine and a?am Notre ,„ llu d , m „ „, „ f Uc Dame wai up against it." but 5 Uock was not the man to use cheaply word's of a boy. In the 1953 season, break after! RETIRES AFTER 50 VKAKS break went against Notro D.une.j ORR1NOTON. Me.. (UP)—Aftir The Ramblers were wrecked by; f crying 50 successive years In in? Wisconsin and all but demoralized- elective office of town treasurer, by GMiifiln Tech. Then came the; Albert G. Dob, 84, has retired. miRht embrace a long-lost son. That Is tl:i end of the story. 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