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American Sports Issue: Rockne

The Postal Service issued a 22-cent Knute Rockne (1883-1931) commemorative stamp in Notre Dame, Indiana, on March 9, 1988. Rockne served as head football coach at the University of Notre Dame for thirteen years.

President Ronald Reagan, who portrayed football player George Gipp in the emotionally charged 1940 film, "Knute Rockne — All American," was a principal speaker.

Knute Rockne's incomparable contributions to the sport of football can only be rivaled by the example he set for the men he coached and the loyalty he inspired in the legions of fans who followed each game. Known for his impeccable character, Rockne recruited by the rules and steadfastly supported amateurism. He also championed education, guiding all his players to the goal of a college degree. Rockne proved it was possible to be dedicated to the highest standards and still play championship football year after year. His many innovations earned him a place in the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame in 1951, the first year of inductions.

During his lifetime, Rockne touched the lives of hundreds of athletes and thousands of fans. His players loved him and opposing coaches revered him. Not surprisingly, his death in a 1931 plane crash stunned the nation.

Designed by Thomas Hipschen and Peter Cocci, the stamps were printed in the offset/intaglio process by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, with panes of fifty.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (February 25, 19880.


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