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Oct. 17, 2016

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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Page 52 of 55 OCT. 17, 2016 53 purchases, and broadcast rights that convinced the Boston Braves' prin- cipal owner Lou Perini to move to Milwaukee. Boston had drawn 280,000 people in 1952. In the Braves' first year in Milwaukee (1953) they set a National League record for attendance in a season with 1.8 million. It also helped inspire the westward expansion of baseball. The year after Milwaukee won the World Series, in 1958 the Brooklyn Dodgers and San Francisco Giants moved to Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively. Earlier in his career, Miller helped rescue the Green Bay Packers from a financial crisis in 1950, resulting in him becoming an "honorary coach" for the Packers, who built a dynasty a decade later. Miller also created a sports marketing division at the brewery that was the first of its kind. Eck recounted a story of how Notre Dame and football were a constant in his life. "The year Rockne died [1931], Fred was getting married but he post- poned the wedding date because he wanted to finish the filming of 'The Spirit of Notre Dame' and flew out to California to make sure it was finished," Eck said. "Then on his honeymoon to Hawaii, he and my grandmother are riding around in a carriage, and come across a Univer- sity of Hawaii football practice. "Fred Miller jumps out of the car- riage and he starts instructing the players, because anybody who played for Knute Rockne had instant credibility. Grandma sat in the car- riage for about an hour … she wasn't very happy about it." When Miller flew in for a practice before the start of the 1946 season and an Irish dynasty, Eck wrote how Leahy implored him to stay with the team. "Freddie you're in such wonderful shape, you should be out here help- ing us," Leahy said. Within a few minutes, Miller donned a uniform and was working out with the tackles with assistant Moose Krause. He remained in that "volunteer" capac- ity through 1953, or Leahy's retirement. The trio of Leahy, Krause and Miller, a devout Catholic and daily communi- cant, often vacationed together, with Miller usually attempting to get the per- fectionist Leahy to relax, and even calm him down during road trips. Like his mentor, Rockne, Miller 's life ended far too soon in a plane crash, which was a "JFK moment" to Notre Dame and Milwaukee people, among many others. "When I talked to the athletes, the people in Fred Jr.'s class, the peo- ple in Milwaukee, everybody knew where they were when they heard about the crash," Eck said. "There were people from Fred Jr.'s class who say, 'Freddie's still in our prayers to this day. We pray for him every night.'" One month after Miller 's death, Notre Dame president Rev. Theodore Hesburgh delivered a sermon "Notre Dame Men: Father & Son" on the CBS Radio Program that has been transcribed in Eck's book. "It was about how to live your life every day so you're ready to meet God, because you don't know which day will be your last day," Eck said of Hesburgh's sermon. During his time on Earth, Miller embodied the High Life through ser- vice, support and giving. ✦ MEMORABILIA REAL ESTATE Vintage Notre Dame Memorabilia Augie's Locker Room ND Stadium Items, Jerseys, Helmets, Autographs and One of a Kind Rockne Items. COME IN THE STORE AND MENTION BLUE & GOLD AND GET A FREE $20 GIFT! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY!! Voted Best Notre Dame Collectables in the Country! 1811 South Bend Ave. South Bend , I n 46637 574-277-NDND (6363) FACEBOOK.COM/AUGIESLOCKERROOM NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL GAMES on VHS or DVD for sale, from 1928 to present. 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(3 times). Thank you for your mercy to me and mine. Amen. This prayer must be said for 3 days and after 3 days your request will be granted and the prayer must be published. Thank you. P.C.S. POWERFUL PRAYER-to the Holy Spirit. You who solve all problems, who lights all roads so that I can obtain my goals. You who give me the Divine gift to forgive and to forget all evil against me and that in all instances of my life, you are with me. I want in this short prayer to thank You for all things and to confirm that I never want to be separated from You, even and in spite of all material illusions. I wish to be with You in eter- nal glory. Thank You for your mercy toward me and mine. The person must say this prayer for three consecutive days. After three days the fa- vor requested will be granted even though it may appear difficult. This prayer must be published im-mediately after the favor is granted without mentioning the favor. P.C.S. 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