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The USC versus Notre Dame rivalry dates back to 1926 when the Irish came out to Los Angeles to take on the Trojans in what would become the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football.

Howardjones.jpgA year later, the scene shifted to Chicago, where the two schools would square off in front of 120,000 fans at legendary Soldier Field.  On the eve of the big game, they held a dinner at the Palmer House to hype up the USC/ND rivalry along with the Yale/Stanford match-up. 

The public relations event was organized by Christy Walsh who was baseball's first agent.  Walsh represented Notre Dame head coach Knute Rockne as well as Yankees superstars Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

The Fighting Irish nipped the Trojans 7-6 the next day, but Howard Jones (photo right) responded by beating Notre Dame at the Coliseum the next season en route to the 1928 national championship, which was the first in school history.

Congratulations to Lorraine Maloney who was randomly selected from a large group of astute Trojan fans who named all the men in the picture below.  Maloney won two suite tickets to the season opener as part of our Facebook contest.

From left to right in the famous photo below: Glenn "Pop" Warner (Stanford head coach), George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Knute Rockne, Christy Walsh, Lou Gehrig (donning the SC jersey), Howard Jones and Tad Jones (Yale head coach and Howard's younger brother).

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