During the Charlie Weis era, he talked about bringing in one of his New Jersey buddies (either Bon Jovi or Bruce Springsteen) for a big ND Stadium concert for charity. Has Notre Dame Stadium ever been used for such a large-scale show?...
When? May 28, 1945.
What was the purpose? A War Bonds show to support our efforts in WWII.
Here’s the part I like about this. The entertainer who headlined this show, in 1945, has also appeared in the Old Fieldhouse; Stepan Center; AND the Joyce Center.
Who is he?
Hint: When I lived in Studio City, California, his home in Toluca Lake was less than two miles from mine.
Second Hint: He was once a professional boxer, with the name Packy East.
Third Hint: He was foreign born but grew up in Cleveland, later being part owner of the Cleveland Indians.
Fourth Hint: The second headliner was Bing Crosby.
Fifth Hint: In 1962, Notre Dame honored him with its Patriot of the Year award.