Local family displays 108-year-old Notre Dame memorabilia

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - While Notre Dame hasn't played Miami OH in 108 years, one local family still has a piece of memorabilia from that past game.

Dorothy Grochowski and her son, Gary, have the game football from the matchup. It's on display at their business, Karl Weis Body Shop in South Bend.

It's even signed by a man who went on to become a campus legend.

"Father Lange signed the ball. He was a weight lifter at Notre Dame. He won the competition for fourth strongest man in the world back in his day," said Dennis Orlowski, the manager of the shop. "He climbed the golden dome to the top and hung on to the Statue of our Lady and waved to the crowd below, and he worked with a lot of the athletes on campus."

Dorothy's husband, George, who passed away, had the game ball for decades.

He was a huge Notre Dame fan and played golf with Father Ted and Ara Parseghian.

Dorothy says she almost sold the ball in a garage sale, but she's now glad she didn't.