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Official, Original November 9, 1946 Army vs. Notre Dame football game program

Very Good to Good++ condition...some wear on cover and spine...some discoloring/scuffing from about an inch inward from spine and top edge (see photos)...all pages intact including line-up sheet...52 pages chock full of Notre Dame/Army Football history!  A must own...

Everyone knows about this game...the two greatest offenses in college football history meeting to decide who was the greatest team ever...Well, who would have thunk it would have ended in a 0-0 tie!

With the likes of Doc Blanchard (Army's Mr. Inside) and Glenn Davis (Mr. Outside)...arguably the greatest running back duo in college football history held to only 72 yards and ZERO touchdowns!  Incredible!

Notre Dame with enough great players to field TWO NFL teams!  Johnny Lujack (Heisman Trophy winner), All-Americans HB Emil Sitko, E Leon Hart (Heisman Trophy winner), George Connor, George Strohmeyer, Jim Martin...the list goes on...and of course the legendary coach Frank Leahy.

a total of 32 players made it to NFL rosters from the 1946-47 Army and Notre Dame football teams!


1946 Army vs. Notre Dame football game

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1946 Army vs. Notre Dame game
The "Game of the Century"
(1946 version)
1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 0 0 0 0 0
Army 0 0 0 0 0
Date November 9, 1946
Stadium Yankee Stadium
Location New York City, New York
Attendance 74,121 (capacity crowd)

The 1946 Army vs. Notre Dame football game was a regular season college football game played on November 9, 1946. Army (the football program of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York), then ranked Number 1 in the Associated Press college football poll, played the University of Notre Dame, of South Bend, Indiana, ranked Number 2, at Yankee Stadium in New York City.[1] This game is regarded as one of the 20th century Games of the Century.[2]


 The teams

This matchup, with the national attention it got in the era before the service academies ceased to be major football powers, was usually played at a neutral site, often in New York City.

 Previous matchups

The 1924 game between the schools, a Notre Dame victory at the Polo Grounds, was the game at which sportswriter Grantland Rice christened the Fighting Irish backfield—quarterback  The 1946 season

Both teams were undefeated going into the 1946 game at Yankee Stadium. Both teams averaged over 30 points per game.

Army had a 25-game winning streak, last losing to Notre Dame in 1943 (26-0), but had won the last two contests between the schools by scores of 59-0 and 48-0. Army had the defending Heisman Trophy winner, Doc Blanchard, also known as "Mr. Inside," the man who would win it that year, Glenn Davis, also known as "Mr. Outside," and one of the nation's top quarterbacks in Arnold Tucker.

Notre Dame had the quarterback who would win the Heisman the next year, Johnny Lujack, and end Leon Hart of Notre Dame won the Heisman in 1949(the only time ever that a college football game had four Heisman Trophies winners.) Both Tucker and Lujack were also outstanding defensive backs at a time when football players, college as well as professional, usually played both offense and defense. Notre Dame had defeated eventual 1947 Rose Bowl participant Illinois in Champaign-Urbana 26-6 to open the season. On October 26, they won at #17 Iowa 41-6. The game leading up to this one was a 28-0 Irish defeat of Navy at Baltimore.

 Game summary

Despite the high-scoring and much-hyped offenses, the game ended in a scoreless tie, with each school's best chance at a scoring drive coming back-to-back: Tucker intercepting Lujack, and Lujack then making a touchdown-saving tackle on Blanchard a few plays later. Notre Dame's defense did something no other team had ever done — it held the famous "Touchdown Twins," Blanchard and Davis, to a total of 79 yards. As an indication of how the defense of both teams dominated, seven linemen in that game were nominated for Lineman of the Week honors in the weekly Associated Press poll. Joe Steffy, an Army guard who helped shut down the Notre Dame running game, won the honor, followed closely by Notre Dame right tackle George Sullivan and freshman lineman Jim Martin, who helped stifle Army's running attack and dropped Davis on consecutive plays for losses totalling 17 yards. Both Notre Dame coach Leahy and Army coach Blaik called the game "a terrific battle of defenses."


Both teams would finish the season undefeated with this one tie, but it was Notre Dame that was awarded the National Championship by the Associated Press, with Army coming in second.[3][4] Neither school accepted bowl bids in that era, and so neither put itself at risk of a loss that would have tarnished their National Championship bid. The Pacific Coast Conference and the Big Nine Conference, the forerunners of the Pac-12 and Big Ten, signed the agreement to start with the 1947 Rose Bowl of matching their conference champions. The national sports writers wanted to match either Notre Dame or Army with #4 and undefeated UCLA. Instead, #5 Illinois was the first Midwestern team to go by the terms of the agreement and routed UCLA 45-14.[5]

With Blanchard, Davis and Tucker having graduated, Army's unbeaten streak would be broken the next year, by Columbia University. Notre Dame would not lose until early in the 1950 season. Sporting News named the 1944-45 Army Cadets and the 1946 Fighting Irish the second and fifth greatest teams of the Twentieth Century respectively.

This was only the sixth time that the number one ranked team faced the number two ranked team since the inception of the Associated Press Football Poll in 1936. This would not happen again until the 1963 Rose Bowl.[6]

1946 Army Cadets football team

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1946 Army Black Knights football
National Champions
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Conference Independent
AP #2
1946 record 9-0-1
Head coach Red Blaik
« 1945 1947 »

The 1946 Army Black Knights football team represents the United States Military Academy. Led by head coach Red Blaik, the team finished with an undefeated 9-0-1 season. The Black Knights offense scored 263 points, while the defense allowed 80 points. At season’s end, the team ranked second in the National standings.


 Regular season

[edit] Schedule

Game Date Opponent Result Black Knights points Opponents Record
1 Sept. 21 Villanova Win 32 0 1-0-0
2 Sept. 28 Oklahoma Win 32 0 2-0-0
3 Oct. 5 Cornell Win 54 0 3-0-0
4 Oct. 12 Michigan Win 20 13 4-0-0
5 Oct. 19 Columbia Win 48 14 5-0-0
6 Oct. 26 Duke Win 48 13 6-0-0
7 Nov. 2 West Virginia Win 54 0 7-0-0
8 Nov. 9 Notre Dame Tie 0 0 7-0-1
9 Nov. 16 @ Penn Win 34 7 8-0-1
10 Nov. 30 @ Navy Win 21 18 9-0-1


 Army - Navy Game

  • The annual contest between the Black Knights of Army and the Midshipmen of the Naval Academy at Annapolis (Navy) is among the most storied rivalries in all of college sports. See Army-Navy Game for historical background.

On November 30, Army beat Navy by a score of 21-18.

 Team players drafted into in the NFL

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Glenn Davis Halfback 1 2 Detroit Lions
DeWitt Coulter Tackle 1 7 Chicago Cardinals
Hank Foldberg End 5 28 Washington Redskins
Arnold Tucker Quarterback 10 85 Chicago Bears
Herschel Fuson End 14 124 New York Giants
Dick Pitzer Wide Receiver 29 269 Pittsburgh Steelers


 Awards and honors

1946 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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1946 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
National Champions
Conference Independent
AP #1
1946 record 8-0-1
Head coach Frank Leahy
Offensive scheme T-Formation
Home stadium Notre Dame Stadium (c. 59,075, grass)
« 1945 1947 »

The 1946 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1946 college football season. The Irish, coached by Frank Leahy, ended the season with 8 wins and 1 tie, winning the national championship.[1] The 1946 team became the fifth Irish team to win the national title and the second for Leahy. The 1946 is the first team in what is considered to be the Notre Dame Football dynasty, a stretch of games in which Notre Dame went 36-0-2 and won three national championships and two Heisman Trophies from 1946-1949.[1] The 1946 team was cited by Sports Illustrated as the part of the second best sports dynasty (professional or collegiate) of the 20th century[2] and second greatest college football dynasty.[3] The season also produced one of college football's "games of the century", the famous 0-0 tie with Army at Yankee Stadium.




Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
09/28/1946 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 26-6
10/05/1946 Pittsburgh Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 33-0
10/12/1946 Purdue #3 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 49-6
10/26/1946 at #17 Iowa #2 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 41-6
11/02/1946 vs. Navy #2 Memorial StadiumBaltimore, MD W 28-0
11/08/1946 vs. #1 Army #2 Yankee StadiumNew York, NY T 0-0
11/16/1946 at Northwestern #2 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 27-0
11/23/1946 at Tulane #2 Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA W 41-0
11/30/1946 #16 Southern Cal #2 Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN W 26-6
#Rankings from AP. All times are in Eastern Time.


 Award winners


† John Lujack, QB 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
‡ George Connor, T 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1
John Monstrangelo, G 2 2 1 1 1
George Strohmeyer, C 2 1 1 1 3
denotes unanimous selection
‡denotes consensus selection Source:[1]

College Football Hall of Fame Inductees:

Name Position Year Inducted
George Connor Tackle 1963
Zygmont "Ziggy" Czarobski Tackle 1977
Bill Fischer Tackle/Guard 1983
Leon Hart End 1973
Frank Leahy Coach 1970
Johnny Lujack Quarterback 1960
Jim Martin End/Tackle 1995
Emil "Red" Sitko Halfback/Fullback 1984

[5] Notre Dame leads all universities in players inducted

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