Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Knute Rockne Statue Notre Dame Stadium Souvenir Building


A very stately souvenir tribute to the iconic Notre Dame coach, this metal ashtray is a replica the famous Notre Dame stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Like some colossal guardian, Knute Rockne’s a full-body statue rises above the stadium in this souvenir, but not in the real stadium. Rockne is regarded as one of college football's greatest coaches, with an unmatched .881 winning percentage. He played football for Notre Dame, graduated magna cum laude in 1914, and as their head coach, won six national championships. He was known for motivational speeches such as "Win one for the Gipper" and "Anything worth doing is worth doing well" and the famous motto "For when the one great scorer comes to write against your name, he writes not that you won or lost but how you play the game." The ashtray was manufactured by D.Gottlieb & Co. of Chicago, Illinois, who primarily produced arcade games. The company was established by David Gottlieb in 1927, initially producing pinball machines while later expanding into various other games including pitch-and-bats, bowling games, and eventually video arcade games. Check out this video of the company's offices




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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a great Stadium and a great post.
Nice to see you back at it.
M Fine - Toronto

Anonymous said...

was also made sans knute, mine is in original box w/o knute pictured on front

Anonymous said...

I've also seen the front quote at a sticker label and an engraved metal plate.

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