The Amazing Madigan

Fimrite, Ron
October 1992
Sports Illustrated;10/22/92, Vol. 77 Issue 17, p94
Slip Madigan sat staring moodily out the window at the fleeing countryside as his train rumbled across America's heartland toward New York City. Mary's-Fordham Special was the affectionate name of this transcontinental party on rails, an annual affair of Madigan's creation that had become the stuff of legend. He slipped into a burgundy dressing gown and admitted Art Cohn, the acerbic young sports editor of the 'Oakland Tribune,' a good friend and, as far as Cohn's ironic nature permitted, a loyal Madigan supporter. Edward Patrick Madigan, the son of Irish immigrants, was 25 then, newly married and not yet a year out of Notre Dame, where he had been a 160-pound varsity lineman for three seasons, with a year off for naval duty in World War I. In 1919, his last season at South Bend, he had been a teammate of George Gipp's on Knute Rockne's first undefeated and untied team. Mary's College, Madigan never set foot on the campus from the day he was fired to the day he died.


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