There’s a lot of great Husker memorabilia out there. Husker Attic is how we’ve showcased those vintage finds in every issue of Hail Varsity since our very first one. In the weeks ahead we’re sharing some of those gems online for the first time. Brought to you by Husker Army Presents 2019 Husker Collectible and Autograph Show.
1923 Nebraska-Notre Dame Program
>>Nebraska defeated Notre Dame 17-0 in the game played on Thanksgiving Day, before a reported crowd of 40,000 at two-year-old Memorial Stadium.
>>The game was the last for Cornhusker tackle and captain Ed Weir, who earned All-America honors that season as well as the season before. Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne called Weir the “greatest tackle of all-time.”
>>University students forced cancellation of classes the next day. In one instance, the professor locked the door to his classroom, but to no avail.
>>Notre Dame cancelled the series with Nebraska two weeks after the game, citing anti-Catholicism in Lincoln and abusive treatment of the Fighting Irish and their fans. The schools had met every season since 1915. They would not play again until 1947.
>>Cost of the official program was 25 cents. One was recently listed on eBay at $1,512.
>>According to “The Common Penalties” section of the program, a clipping penalty, enforced from the spot of the foul, cost the offending team 25 yards.
Looking to add some new Husker memorabilia to your own collection? The 2019 Husker Collectible and Autograph Show, presented by Husker Army, is the place for you the day after Nebraska’s spring game. Find full details of the event at the Husker Army Facebook page.
Mike is in his 40th year covering Husker athletics, after seven years of community-college teaching. He has written and edited a dozen books, all on Nebraska football except one, a brief history of Husker basketball. He previously wrote for the Lincoln Journal and Star and Huskers Illustrated. He enjoys music, from the Grateful Dead and Jack Johnson to Van Morrison, Bob Wills, Glenn Miller and pretty much anyone else.