Rosenthal, Jacob 'Rosy' : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Rosenthal, Jacob 'Rosy'

Rosenthal played three positions on the offensive line at Notre Dame and won three letters for the Irish from 1894-1896. After graduating, Rosenthal earned a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1900. He then served in the U.S. Cavalry during World War I before establishing a medical practice in Detroit.

Rosenthal's niece said of his football days, "...It was because he liked to smoke and was unkempt that his father decided to send him to Notre Dame. The Fathers there saw to it that Jake observed the Jewish holidays...It was through their guidance that Jake was tamed...I do remember my aunt saying, 'The football games I saw at Notre Dame were so rough I thought Jake would have his hair pulled out of his head."

Birth and Death Dates:
b. 1876 - d. August 1932

Career Highlights:
During Rosenthal's three seasons at Notre Dame, the Irish had a combined record of 10-5-1. Rosenthal played left tackle in 1894, center in 1895, and left guard in 1896.

Petosky, Michigan

Career Dates:
Rosenthal played for Notre Dame from 1894-1896.

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