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Benedict's Hates a Quitter: Athletics at a Catholic Prep School

Thomas A. McCabe

in Miracle on High Street

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780823233106
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823234950 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823233106.003.0007
Benedict's Hates a Quitter: Athletics             at a Catholic Prep School

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This chapter discusses the value of sport in advancing the institution of St. Benedict's. It first cites the hardwood heroics of Jimmy Donahue in winning the school's first state prep basketball championship. This triggered a sequence of events that changed athletics at St. Benedict's. It then mentions the contributions of Ernest “Prof” Blood, a legendary national basketball coach. A stern disciplinarian who demanded perfection, Blood fitted in perfectly with the way the Benedictines conducted their school in Newark. Then the discussion turns to the ancient rivalry between the Gray Bees of St. Benedict's and the Pirates of Seton Hall Prep School. Lastly, the discussion deals with Joseph Kasberger, the school's coach to numerous football and baseball teams to undefeated seasons, who coined the phrase “Benedict's hates a quitter” .

Keywords: sport; Jimmy Donahue; Ernest Blood; rivalry; Joseph Kasberger; Gray Bees; coach

Chapter.  9259 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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