Stadium Usher

Back in 1935, an Irish-German Catholic family in Bethlehem, Pa., huddled around the radio for the Notre Dame-Ohio State game broadcast—and 5-year-old Tom Ortwein’s heart heard the music.

Although the young fan had to wait years before he could see the Irish in person—his mother beat him to it when she watched Notre Dame-Army in Yankee Stadium in 1946 while visiting a relative in New Jersey—these days, he can’t quit.

Ortwein, 82, has attended 100 home games since 1996, and he’s nearly to that number as an usher, the role he took on in 1998, since he retired as a high school principal in Pennsylvania.

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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