October 14, 1944 - ND Downs Dartmouth in Fenway

By IrishTrpt07 & Olson

When the recent announcement of the 2014-2016 football schedules mentioned Notre Dame is scheduled to play Boston College at Fenway Park, this will be the second time that Notre Dame plays a football game in front of the Green Monster and the first football at Fenway since the Patriots final home game of 1968. During World War II the #1 Fighting Irish defeated Dartmouth 64-0. It was the largest margin of victory and highest scored since the 73-0 victory over Haskell Institute, an Indian school in Kansas, in 1932.

ND remained unscored upon-shutting out its 3rd straight opponent and holding Dartmouth to a negative 18 yds rushing. Lynn, Mass native Boley Dancewicz (twice named the New England Prep Player of the Year) had a great afternoon at both QB and DB in his homecoming. Irish HB Nunzio Marino ran 55 yds for a TD the very first time he ever touched a ball as an ND player. Freshman QB Ed Clasby from Natick, Mass ran for ND's final TD (a Boston boy scoring for the Irish at Fenway Park). The Irish missed 5 XPs - the only damper on the day...except that it rained throughout the contest.

One article states "....never a major college football game with local and national appeal". That's what the article says, I guess the author thinks that the 1944 Notre Dame-Dartmouth game didn't have either a 'local or national appeal'. Maybe he's right, but Dartmouth had finished ranked 16th in the AP poll the prior season in 1943. Since this game was played during the War, this year's squad was probably depleted by the military draft and so was ND with only 5 returning lettermen from the National Champs of 1943. Still, ND came into the game at Fenway ranked #1. The Defending National Champs coming in ranked #1 vs a 'somewhat/kinda' local college who had finished in the top 20 the year before, didn't qualify either 'local or National appeal'.

ND won 64-0, maybe the score is the reason that game doesn't warrant a mention. Notre Dame scored four times in the second and fourth quarters while gaining 458 rushing yards. Dartmouth finished the day with -18 yards rushing.

The 1944 ND-Dartmouth game at Fenway was played in front of a sellout crowd of 38,167.

As for 'local appeal' the '42 Holy Cross upset of Boston College is still the most famous upset in a football game that was played at Fenway - just ask any Holy Cross alum.

Keywords: football, dartmouth, fenway park, boston college, haskell institute, holy cross, boley dancewicz, nunzio marino, ed clasby

Posted On: 2013-12-26 00:15:02 by IrishTrpt07 & Olson
Edited On: 2014-09-04 18:53:23 by IrishTrpt07


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