October 17, 1953 - Senator JFK takes in a game

By John P. Hickey, Jr. '69

Jack, Jackie Kennedy, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver attended the Pittsburgh game at Notre Dame Stadium on 17 October 1953, a game Notre Dame won 24-14.

This was Frank Leahy’s last year of coaching the Fighting Irish. The team would end the season with a 9-0-1 record and end up second in the Associated Press and Coaches polls. During the halftime, Knute Rockne, George Gipp, and Elmer Layden were inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

John Kennedy had won a seat in the United States Senate as Democrat from Massachusetts the previous year on November 4. He had been serving in the Senate for nine months when he attended the Pitt game. He and Jacqueline Lee Bouvier had been wed just a month earlier on September 12. He was thirty-six and she was twenty-four at the time of the game. Jack and Jackie are speaking to Jack’s younger sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. She had married Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. five months earlier on May 23. It is not known where her husband was at the time. The photo appears to have been taken at halftime; perhaps Sargent Shriver was engaged in other activities at the time.

To read more and learn of the Hickey family members who had sat in the same seats since 1930, visit the original post here.

Keywords: football, john f kennedy, jfk, jackie kennedy, president, president kennedy, senator kennedy, frank leahy, knute rockne, george gipp, elmer layden

Posted On: 2013-11-04 00:15:02 by John P. Hickey, Jr. '69


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   Posted By: olson at 2013-11-07 08:09:39[#1]
JFK's uncle-Joe Gargan was a reserve QB on the 1913 Notre Dame football team.

Both JFK's uncle and Kennedy's cousin (Joe Gargan Jr)graduated from Notre Dame
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