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The Way We Cheered


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In the early years of Notre Dame football, fans barely clapped when the varsity team took the field. Joseph Gargan, who cheered from 1914 to 1916, was one of the first "yell masters" to drill "leather-lunged fans" in learning cheers and the victory march. The efforts eventually sparked a surge in game spirit, now avidly shared by die-hard Irish fans everywhere.


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