Bill Gay Inks Pact with Grid Cards: Notre Dame Back Played Prep Ball with Tilden Tech Here in Chicago, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-21


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Bill Gay Inks Pact With Grid Cards Notre Dame Back Played Prep Ball With Tilden Tech Here in Chicago Bill Gay, one of the greatest backs in high school ball while attending Tilden Tech, and last season a great defensive, as well as offensive star at Notre Dame, has signed with the Chicago Cardinals for the 1951 season, president Ray Bennigsen. announced. Gay is the third member of the Cardinals who was raised practically within the shawdows of the Comiskey Park goalposts. Bill lives at 5210 S. Aberdeen St., while Elmer Angsman and Mike Swistawicz, also former Notre Dame backs, live at 7656 S. May St., and 1049 W. 34th Place, respectively w Swistowicz also starred at Tilden Tech. In 1945, Gay caught a TD pass to give Tilden Tech the City title while defeating Weber of the Catholic League, 13 to 7, at Soldier Field. In his senior year 1946 at Tilden, he scored 17 TDs, 11 points after touchdowns for a total of 113 points. -They tied Schurz, 7-7, for the City League title with Bill throwing a TD pass and kicking the point after touchdown. Gained 70 Yards Against N.U. Gay was known best at Notre Dame for his defensive ability although he played a lot on offense and had many outstanding days. Against Northwestern in his sophomore year, he. gained 70 yards in 11 attempts arid scored the winning TD in a 12-7 victory. He gained 108 yards in 8 tries -against Washington and then was responsible for keeping the Notre Dame undefeated streak intact when N. D. tied U. S. C, 14-14. That was the game when Gay, with the Irish trailing, 14-7, asked referee Jimmy Cain how much time was left and when informed that two minutes and thirty-five seconds remained, remarked, "Thats enough." He then proceeded to return the kickoff 87 yards and put N. D. in the position where they went over for the tying score. He had a six-yard ball carrying average for his sophomore year. In his junior and senior years he spent most of his time on defense where he managed to make many important tackles and set up a number of TDs due to intercepted passes. He is 24 years old, is five feet, 11 inches in height and weighs 178.

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