In December 1930 the New York Giants played a benefit football game against a team of Notre Dame All Stars to raise money for the unemployed in New York City (see Giants vs. Notre Dame) The contest was also promoted as a opportunity to see if the nascent pro game was equal to the venerable and very popular college game. The Giants won the day 22 to 0.
At the end of last month I was able to acquire a football commemorating the game. I would guess it was signed at one of the dinners or other events prior the game (no score is recorded on the ball). I’ve been working on deciphering some of the signatures and figuring the affiliations of each signer, and here is what I’ve come up with so far. (ND after the name indicates Notre Dame and NYG is New York Giants)
Hunk Anderson ND, Dale Burnett NYG, Red Cagle NYG, Frank Cardieo ND, Jack Chevigny ND, Gene Edwards ND, Benny Friedman NYG, Butch Gibson NYG, Hal Hilpert NYG, Frank “Bill” Jones ND, Elmer Layden ND, Lou Little Offical, Tim Mara NYG, Joe Maxwell ND, Saul Meilziner NYG, Ed Thorpe Offical, Tom Thorpe Offical, Ted Twomey ND, Joe Vezie ND, James J. Walker Mayor of New York
Red Badgro NYG, Leo J. Bundy MLB Giants & Yankee’s legal counsel, Glenn Campbell NYG, Les Caywood NYG, Rudy Comstock NYG, Tiny Feather NYG, Mack Flenniken NYG, Len Grant NYG, J. A. Kavanaugh MLB Giants 1929, John Law ND, Jack Lenz Announcer at Yankee Stadium, Dr. Harry March NYG, Frank J. McCarthy ND ’25 lawyer later VP PRR, Hap Moran NYG, George Murtagh NYG, Bill Owen NYG, Steve Owen NYG, K. K. Rockne ND (faint), Len Sedbrooke NYG, Charles Stoneham MLB Giants owner, Joe Westoupal NYG, Oscar Wiberg NYG, Doug Wycoff NYG
Jack Hagerty NYG, Hinkey Haines NYG 1925-1927, Ken Strong SI Stapes
Hunk Anderson ND, Joe Bach ND, E. T. Brannick MLB Giants front office press, Frank Collins ND, Dick Connell ND, Jim Crowley ND, John Gebert ND, Noble Kaizer ND, John Law ND, Elmer Layden ND, John McManmon ND, Don Miller ND, Rip Miller ND, Tim Moynihan ND, Joe Nash ND, Albert B. Nixon NYU Director of Athletics, Dick Stahlman NYG, Harry Stuhldreher ND, James J. Tierney MLB Giants secretary, Chile Walsh ND