A Letter From The Publisher, Nov. 26, 1945

When Army's classy backfield combination of Doc Blanchard and Junior Davis turned up on TIME'S cover three weeks ago, it was only the second time in four years that TIME had put an athlete on its cover. Except for baseball's Mel Ott (July 2, 1945), no sports figure—for obvious reasons —had made the cover since two months before Pearl Harbor. Some sportsmen, who are among the most superstitious of mortals, considered this a good thing for all concerned.

"Red" Blaik, the Army coach, was one of them. Before the Notre Dame game, Blaik told...

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