Note: The title has been modified to reflect the proper years of these yearbooks. The labels attached to the front covers of these yearbooks inaccurately note a relationship to the "Four Horsemen" of the 1924 Notre Dame season, who are not featured in these editions.
There was a time when the "Fighting Irish" were as close as it actually gets to being "America's Team". Before his tragic 1931 death in a plane crash, the great Knute Rockne put the University of Notre Dame's football team on the national map, by winning three championships between 1924-1930. A decade later, Frank Leahy picked up the reins at Notre Dame, and led the Irish to four championships in the 1940s. This was the last decade that the college game out-ranked the NFL in popularity amongst fans and for much of the stretch Notre Dame battled Army for NCAA supremacy.
Offered are (2) Notre Dame yearbooks, with the 1947 and 1948 editions of "The Dome". These hefty tomes include sports sections that chronicle claimed National Championship seasons for the Fighting Irish. Both volumes take the field in nicely preserved state, with light to moderate traces of wear.
The 1947 edition covers the 1946 National Championship season, which saw Notre Dame and Army play to a 0-0 tie, in a contest often hailed as "The Game of the Century". Included among the coverage are photos of head coach Leahy, quarterback Johnny Lujack, future NFL Hall of Famer George Connor, Army's 1946 Heisman winning halfback Glenn Davis in action and the obligatory team photo. The 1948 edition features a tribute page to Rockne, and covers the 1947 National Championship season with photos of Leahy, Connor, 1947 Heisman winner Lujack and the 1947 team with future NFL star Bill Walsh.