October 19, 1924 - The Four Horsemen Get Their Name


Four Horsemen of Notre DameWhile the famed Four Horsemen game took place yesterday at the Polo Grounds, Grantland Rice's article appeared in the New York Herald Tribune today. Rice was a famed sportswriter throughout the 1920s and took over for Walter Camp to name the All-American teams each year. It was this article that gave the Irish backfield their nickname as "The Four Horsemen" with the Biblical allusion. Harry Stuhldreher, Don Miller, Jim Crowley and Elmer Layden would have their names etched in history but only as the collective Four Horsemen. Most people have heard of the Four Horsemen and know it refers to the four members of the backfield but not many can name the individual players. Later on, an alum would lend four horses to be used for the image at the right.

The well-known opening paragraph from the article is reproduced below. A link to the full article is included at the end of the excerpt.

"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. They formed the crest of the South Bend cyclone before which another fighting Army football team was swept over the precipice at the Polo Grounds yesterday afternoon as 55,000 spectators peered down on the bewildering panorama spread on the green plain below." - Grantland Rice, 18 October 1924, New York Herald Tribune

The full text can be accessed here.




Keywords: football, army, knute rockne, four horsemen, grantland rice, harry stuhldreher, don miller, elmer layden, jim crowley, polo grounds, baseball stadium

Posted On: 2011-10-19 03:15:00 by IrishTrpt07

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   Posted By: IrishTrpt07 at 2011-10-20 05:15:53[#3]
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   Posted By: Swinger at 2011-10-19 19:49:58[#2]
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   Posted By: Megan Clark at 2011-10-19 09:28:57[#1]
I like today's event - interesting!
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