ELMER LAYDEN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CIRCA 1925 - HFSID 257933
Sale Price $1,020.00
NOTRE DAME: ELMER LAYDEN. ALS: "Elmer", 2p, 8½x11.
Monogram Club, Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana. Folds,
vertical fold touches the "m" in Elmer. Fine condition. With original stamped
envelope addressed by Layton to Miss Evelyn Bynne, Iowa City, Iowa,
postmarked South Bend, January 20, 1925. Creased, torn at upper left and
on back panel. In part: "It looks as though our contemplated trip to Dubuque
will fall through. Rockne thinks the backfield is getting too much publicity,
and has also called off our trip to Philadelphia. However, I think I will be
tearing up to Milwaukee one of these week-ends. Owen Diamond and I are going to
visit with Kunzelmann. They had a Victory Dance for us last week, and presented
the team with white gold chains and knives with the University seal on the
knife. I was sort of sore, as I wanted my fraternity crest on it, but they
wouldn't have it that way...Rock wants me to come out for track, and will send me
to Boston the 1st of Feb. I would like to go East again, but haven't gone out
for track so far. Next year I plan on coming back, and taking post-grad work.
Nig Crawford wants me to come to Birmingham Alabama, but I won't go down, unless
I travel with the team next year. Remember me to your folks." LAYDEN is
listed on the letterhead as President of the Monogram Club. The Service
Monogram, ND Varsity Athletic Insignia first awarded in 1887, is still awarded
today. KNUTE ROCKNE was track coach (1916-1926) and football coach and
athletic director from 1918 until his death in a plane crash in 1931 at the age
of 43. After Notre Dame defeated Army 13-7 on October 18, 1924, sportswriter
Grantland Rice wrote, in part: "Outlined against a blue, gray October
sky, the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore, they are known as
famine, pestilence, destruction and death. These are only aliases. Their real
names are Stuhldreher, Miller, Crowley and Layden...." Layden was the fastest
of the quartet. A 27-10 victory over previously undefeated Stanford gave
Rockne and Notre Dame the national championship and a perfect 10-0 record. This
letter was written two weeks after that game. Layden served as Commissioner of
the National Football League from 1941-1946. Two items.
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