21 - 22 September 2016
REAGAN, Ronald (1911-2004). An official NFL Wilson football, signed and inscribed by Reagan on the blank panel: ("Win One For the Gipper Ronald Reagan"). 11 inches long. Unused, and housed in its original box.
REAGAN RECALLS ONE OF HIS MOST ENDURING FILM ROLES AND HIS BEST-REMEMBERED POLITICAL CAMPAIGN SLOGAN: "WIN ONE FOR THE GIPPER".
After several years spent in Iowa as a sports announcer, Reagan travelled to Hollywood to take a screen test for Warner Bros. in 1937. He soon graduated from B-movie roles to star in feature films including Dark Victory with Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart and Santa Fe Trail, starring Errol Flynn. In 1940 he landed the role of George Gipp, in the 1940 film, Knute Rockne, All American, starring Pat O'Brien as the legendary Notre Dame coach. Gipp (1895-1920) was a gifted halfback who played for the Fighting Irish from 1917 to 1920. His career was cut short by a throat infection that killed him at age 25. On his deathbed, Gipp told Rockne to inspire the team: "ask them to go in there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper." Rockne later used Gipp's story to rally his team to beat the undefeated Army team of 1928, telling them to "win one for the Gipper."
During his political career Reagan parlayed his memorable portrayal of Gipp into a political slogan and was often referred to by supporters as "The Gipper". He used the phrase most notably at the 1988 Republican National Convention when he urged George H.W. Bush to "go out there and win one for the Gipper."
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