From the University of Notre Dame to the Nation’s Capital, former running back Steve Bagarus enjoyed prolific collegiate and professional football careers that served as bookends to World War II. This 1939-1940 Notre Dame letterman’s sweater was awarded to and proudly worn by the South Bend, IN native during his college days. The blue wool garment features “ND” sewn to the left breast in gold-colored pile and “Stephen Bagarus” embroidered to a strip tag within the right-side button path. Gorgeous! More on our website.
The gridiron relic presents beautifully as a nostalgic reminder of a college football power that has produced more NFL products (471) than any other institution. Expected evidence of wear includes (2) missing buttons, (2) minor holes along the neckline and remnants of the original label, which has long-since been removed from within the collar.
Accompanying are (2) vintage photographs, including:
1937 Washington High School Football Team Photograph: an 18-5/8 x 9-1/4” black-and-white Type I panoramic photo of the Bagarus’ South Bend, Indiana-based high school football team. Bagarus was an All-City first team selection by the South Bend News Times and an All-State third team selection by UPI in 1937. His team was invited to the Nation’s Capital where, coincidentally, Bagarus was to play professionally with the Washington Redskins in 1945 and 1946. The crisp photo is m0ounted to a cardboard backing and portrays the athletes clad in suits and ties in front of the Capital Building.
1942 Eastern Army Football Team Photo: a 13 x 9-7/8” vintage team photo with a deckled right border. This was a military endeavor for Bagarus, who also played for the San Diego Bombers of the Pacific Coast Pro Football League (1943). Among Bagarus' highlights at Notre Dame was the 1940 interception return for a touchdown in the Fighting Irish's 7-0 win over Army at Yankee Stadium.