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Miracle on High StreetThe Rise, Fall and Resurrection of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark,
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Thomas A. McCabe

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233106

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823233106.001.0001

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

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

(p.108) 6 Benedict's Hates a Quitter: Athletics at a Catholic Prep School
Miracle on High Street

Thomas A. McCabe

Fordham University Press

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

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