a sore throat was a very BIG deal in the fall of 1918
by olson (2019-02-05 09:14:37)
Edited on 2019-02-05 10:25:38

In reply to: So Curly Lambeau leaves the ND campus because of health  posted by G.K.Chesterton

Curley Lambeau left Notre Dame to return home to Green Bay late in the fall semester of 1918, with what was later described as 'severe tonsillitis'....Lambeau did not even wait for his final grades.

Years later, Lambeau's actions apparently seemed suspicious to one Green Bay Packer 'historian' who wrote about 'not knowing the full story about Lambeau' leaving ND.

But that author/'historian never once brought up the Great Influenza outbreak that rocked the Nation & hit South Bend particularly hard that fall.

A sore throat was a very big deal back then-perhaps fatal....87 people died during the influenza outbreak in South Bend that fall. It was said that as many as 42 had died on one day (October 2nd), 2 of whom were Notre Dame students.

The entire ND football schedule of new coach Knute Rockne was cancelled for the month of October(no games were played that month & only 6 were played for the full season-5 in November).

Lambeau recovered, got married & started the Packers...never to return to ND...though Curley acted as a 'super scout' for Rockne-tipping Rock off to numerous HS star football players from Green Bay...among them, a back from Green Bay East HS just 3 year after Curley left ND= Jim Crowley(one of ND's Four Horsemen).

As for Chuck Noll

Noll enrolled at Notre Dame in the fall of 1949-you'll find his name in the ND Student Directory of 1949-50. Noll had an epileptic seizure on the practice field in the preseason. Leahy cut Noll from the Irish team -for his own safety. The ND administration sent Noll home to be checked out by his family doctor.

Noll wanted to continue to play football & since that wasn't going to happen at ND, he didn't return. Instead Noll transferred to Dayton, where the football coach was Joe Gavin - a former ND QB & classmate of Frank Leahy. Leahy and Gavin were both members of Rockne's 1927 ND Frosh recruiting class.

The AD at Dayton at the time(and for many years) was also a former ND player named Harry Baujan.

Gavin allowed Noll to play football at Dayton-but only after getting clearance from the family doctor, an ok from Noll's parents AND a phone conversation between himself & his old ND teammate Frank Leahy.

Later (1960), Los Angeles Chargers GM Frank Leahy hired Chuck Noll as an assistant coach-Noll's very first coaching job.