Movember: Football Saturday Edition

1896 Football Team

Even though our Movember stories are in support of the Notre Dame hockey team, today's Movember issue features a football-themed moustache moment from Notre Dame history.

Today's photo from the University Archives features the 1896 Notre Dame football team, a rough-and-tumble bunch that bears not just one but five mustaches. The 1896 Fighting Irish, coached by Frank E. Hering, finished 4-3. Although they stumbled in their opening games, losing two straight to Chicago Physicians and Surgeons and the University of Chicago, they picked up their record with resounding wins over the South Bend Commercial Athletic Club (46-0) and Albion (24-0). They also defeated Highland Views, 82-0. (Seriously).

Another bit of moustache trivia: According to University Archivist Elizabeth Hogan, Jacob Rosenthal (middle row, third from right, with the exceptional 'stache) was possibly the first Jewish player on a Notre Dame football team. Rosenthal's father wrote a letter to University leaders asking if his boys could attend Notre Dame; they obliged, and the Jewish Rosenthals were proud to attend the  Catholic school in Indiana.

Go Irish! And don't forget - You can donate now at Movember.

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About our Movember stories

Here at The Daily Domer, we enjoy combining our creative powers for the common good. With so many talented teachers, staff, students and alumni doing excellent work on campus and around the globe, it’s fun to put all that genius talent together for Notre Dame.

When we heard that the Fighting Irish hockey team is participating in Movember, an initiative in which men grow moustaches to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, we knew this was a prime opportunity to combine brainpower and facial hair for a good cause.

So we visited our wonderful friends at the Notre Dame Archives with a crazy idea. In support of the Notre Dame hockey team, we wanted to feature some of the fantastic facial hair from Notre Dame’s history. It turns out Notre Dame’s photo archives are veritable ‘stache stash.

For the last ten days in November, we’re featuring ten of the best moustaches (and moustache-beard combos) in Notre Dame history!

 by Daily Domer Staff