First, I’ll start off with the most amazing photo involving USC or Notre Dame.
I first came across this photo in 2017 and it is impossible to forget.
In 1927, USC played Notre Dame before 120,000 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The night before the game, an event was held to hype the game and it featured baseball legends Babe Ruth (in a Notre Dame jersey) and Lou Gehrig (in a USC jersey).
The event also promoted the Stanford-Yale game, which is why Stanford coach Glenn “Pop” Warner (far left) is in the picture along with Irish coach Knute Rockne (center next to Ruth) and USC coach Howard Jones (second from the right). Yale coach Tad Jones (far right, younger brother of Howard) and baseball agent Christy Walsh (center, left of Gehrig), who organized the event.
According to an article in the Dec. 4, 1927 Los Angeles Times, it was an annual All-American dinner thrown by Walsh, who was known as the first baseball agent and agent to Ruth.
Ruth and Gehrig performed a skit at the start of the dinner with Ruth impersonating a Notre Dame player while Gehrig was a USC player.
Below is a photo of Ruth and Gehrig at the game. They were part of the 120,000 in attendance.
Now let’s move forward to 1979.
On Oct. 20, 1979, USC went to South Bend and faced Notre Dame.
Charles White rushed for 261 yards and four TDs while Paul McDonald passed for 311 yards in a 42-23 rout. USC amassed 591 yards in total offense.
Even though 65 points were scored, the first TD did not come until the second quarter on a 12-yard pass from McDonald to wide receiver Dan Garcia. McDonald and Garcia also connected on 26-yard pass down to the Notre Dame 3-yard line.
The duo also connected on a 32-yard pass.
White carried 44 times and the performance was considered the finest of his career to that point.
Dennis Smith and Jeff Fisher had interceptions while Ty Sperling recovered a fumble.
Notre Dame tailback Vagas Ferguson had 187 yards rushing.