Souvenirs from the 1953 Notre Dame vs. USC Game

The Archives of the University of Notre Dame recently received a donation of interesting memorabilia from the Notre Dame vs. Southern California (USC) football game on 11/28/1953.

Football Program Cover:  Notre Dame vs. Southern California (USC), 1953/1128.

Football Program Cover: Notre Dame vs. Southern California (USC), 1953/1128.

An eight year old Felix Quesada Jr. attended the game at the Coliseum with his father. After the 49-14 Notre Dame victory, Felix Sr. and Felix Jr. made their way down to the field. As Felix Jr. recalls,

“My dad told me to stand near the ND bench as the players left the field. My dad was able to catch up with the ND players as a large crowd gathered on the field. My dad reached out and grabbed a hold of one of the player’s jersey – #9 Don Schaefer. The team wore green tear away jerseys then. The jersey did as intended, tore away, and my dad ended up with the #9 from the jersey in his hand. Don looked back, smiled, and ran into the tunnel toward the locker room.

Numeral (#9) worn by player Don Schaefer in the Notre Dame vs. Southern California (USC) football game, 1953/1128.  Felix Quesada Sr. grabbed the jersey as Schaefer was leaving the field.  The tear-away jersey gave way, leaving the number in Quesada's hand.

Numeral (#9) worn by player Don Schaefer in the Notre Dame vs. Southern California (USC) football game, 1953/1128. Felix Quesada Sr. grabbed the jersey as Schaefer was leaving the field.  The tear-away jersey gave way, leaving the number in Quesada’s hand.

“My dad and I went to the locker room exit and waited for the players to come out. They exited and we got to meet Don and eight other players and get their autographs – it was a thrill to meet Don and Ralph Guglielmi, etc.

Chin strap worn by player Nick Raich in the Notre Dame vs. Southern California (USC) football game, 1953/1128

Chin strap worn by player Nick Raich in the Notre Dame vs. USC football game, 1953/1128

“This is one of my fondest memories of time spent with my dad. He saved these mementos during his life and passed them to me.”

Football Tickets:  Notre Dame vs. Southern California (USC), 1953/1128

Football Tickets: Notre Dame vs. Southern California (USC), 1953/1128

The Notre Dame Archives gratefully thanks Felix Quesada for this generous donation that helps to document Notre Dame’s history.

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One Response to Souvenirs from the 1953 Notre Dame vs. USC Game

  1. These are some awesome artifacts.