Over the past couple of years I have assisted the Notre Dame Sports Information Departmentin updating their Media Guide.
When these record books were first created, it was much more difficult to locate sources to compile and check information.
When I noticed that there were more than 300 players who were not properly identified, I started using on-line sources (e.g. SCHOLASTIC Magazines and on-line newspaper services I subscribe to).
Here’s a few additional things I’m recommending get added to the Guide.
We used 19 players, in the December 7, 1929, 49-21 win over Lake Forest College.
NOTRE DAME (49) G F P
Newbold, rf 2 1 2
Gavin, rf 3 1 1
Heenan, rf 2 0 1
Forsee, rf 0 0 0
Crowe, If 0 0 0
J. McCarthy, If 6 3 1
Host, If 1 1 1
McNally, If 0 0 0
DeCook, c 0 1 0
Busch, c 0 0 1
Duwan, c 0 0 0
O'Connell, c 1 1 1
Smith, Ig 5 0 1
Burns, Ig 0 0 0
W. McCarthy, Ig 0 0 1
Carideo, Ig 0 0 0
Donovan, rg 0 1 2
Johnson, rg 0 0 1
Kizer, rg 0 0 0
Totals 20 9 13
And used 20 (!) in the November 30, 1935, 62-26 win over Albion!
Sweeney, g .
From this second game, four ND players would later go on to have fine careers as college coaches:
George Ireland, Johnny Jordan, Clem Crowe, and Ray Meyer.
And George Keogan, ND’s Coach is still the greatest coach in ND basketball history, by winning percentage and
TWO retroactive National Championships:
George Keogan Coaching Record
Clem Crowe Coaching Record
George Ireland Coaching Record
Ray Meyer Coaching Record
John Jordan Head coaching record
And, an additional player on this team, John Moir, was one of ND’s all-time greats!
Moir decided to enroll at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Back then, NCAA rules prohibited freshmen from playing varsity sports, so it was not until Moir's sophomore year of 1935–36 that he was able to play basketball for coach George Keogan.
Despite having not played basketball until the interim period between high school graduation and college, Moir led the Fighting Irish to a 22–2–1 record and the Helms Athletic Foundation NCAA National Championship in his first season of eligibility. He played the forward position and led the team in scoring at 11.3 points per game (ppg). Moir was also named the Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year. Over the next two seasons, he led the team in scoring at 13.2 and 10.5 ppg, respectively, while also being named a consensus All-America selection in each of his three years playing for Notre Dame. Moir had broken every single school scoring record that Edward "Moose" Krause* had set during his three-time All-American career earlier that decade.
*Many ND fans think of Moose as a football guy…….and he was……..but it was as a basketball player that he earned his greatest collegiate fame. Like Wilt Chamberlain, 30 years later, Moose was responsible for changes in officiating to eliminate the advantage that a big man had in defending the “paint”.
After graduating from Notre Dame, Moir played professionally in the National Basketball League. In his first two seasons in the league, he won two NBL championships as a member of the Akron Firestone Non-Skids in 1938–39 and 1939–40. Over the course of those two championship seasons Moir averaged 7 ppg, and in the 1940 playoffs he led all players with an 11 ppg average. He spent one more season playing for Akron before joining the Rochester Seagrams in 1942. However, World War II suspended Rochester's ability to play.
When Moir resumed play in 1945–46, he joined the Cleveland Allmen Transfers for whom he played his final season. When his NBL career ended, he had played for four years, won two league championships and scored 562 points in 89 total games.
Here’s another item which might be worthy of our Basketball Media Guide:
Monogram Winner Dies In South Pacific Zone
The first major monogram winner among Notre Dame athletes to be killed in World War No. II was Lieut. Robert G. Smith, age 24, a marine corps flyer, who was killed in action in the southwest Pacific. Smith was a star guard on the Notre Dame basketball teams of 1940 and 1941 and was one of the highest scoring
guards in Notre Dame basketball history. In his senior year he scored 134 points. (This was published 3/17/1944. Smith was ND’s 85th man “who have perished in the cause of God, Country, and Notre Dame”.)