South Bend, IN: 1934.
1 page, 10.5 x 7.25 inches, South Bend, Indiana, October 30, 1934. Written to journalist James Hollister, editor of the Evening Eagle, in part: "How graciously you write concerning those who are privileged to make your acquaintance!...Out of experiences of three score years, I can truthfully say that even when we do not merit the depth of the kindly things said or written concerning us, we really do find renewed strength to carry on in activities that receive the approval of the men whose judgment means much to us..." Two horizontal folds and faint creasing, but still in very good condition.
"Father of Notre Dame Football" for his success in expanding the football program from an intramural activity to a full-fledged sport. He played quarterback and served as head coach from 1896 - 1898, compiling a record of 12-6-1. In 1897 he became the first coach to employ a place kick from the scrimmage, a tactic that soon thereafter became a regular part of the aggressive play of all football teams. Hering was also the first basketball coach at Notre Dame, coaching one season from 1897-1898, and helmed the school's baseball team from 1897-1899. In addition to his many sports accomplishments, Hering is called the "Father of Mother's Day" for his endless work in promoting the establishment of a national holiday. His name has long been obscured in the shadows of Knute Rockne; this is why his letters rarely come to market.