So, I acquired this game and after a little research it seems clear that it has never had it's day in the sun so to speak. No videos anywhere and no discussion.
A good time to give the game some air time and also document it's restoration as there might be some out there who are thinking of getting a woodrail. This is my last for a while and about my 12th that I have gone through. I am a relative beginner so anyone who wants to chip in and offer better advice, feel free.
I hope that maybe one more person will become interested in the Gottlieb woodrails as they offer fantastic gameplay, are rare and many are works of art.
Anyway, The 4 Horsemen.
A Wayne Neyens design, Roy Parker artwork. 1800 produced. Fairly high number but actually a very hard game to find. Non have been for sale on ebay in last 10 years. My guess is that it was a popular theme and a great player and consequently the survival rate is lower than other games.
History of this one is fascinating.
The 4 Horsemen were very famous back in 1926! They played their games at the Notre Dame Stadium. The backglass features Notre Dame stadium. I wonder if Gottlieb used the guys for promoting the game? Would be great to find a photo of such an event.
Here is a little history with some photos.
The Four Horsemen of Notre Dame comprised a winning group of American football players at the University of Notre Dame under coach Knute Rockne. They were the backfield of Notre Dame's 1924 football team. The players that made up this group were Harry Stuhldreher, Don Miller, Jim Crowley, and Elmer Layden.
In 1924, a nickname coined by sportswriter Grantland Rice and the actions of a student publicity aide transformed the Notre Dame backfield of Stuhldreher, Crowley, Miller, and Layden into the most fabled quartet in college football history, the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame.
Quarterback Harry Stuhldreher, left halfback Jim Crowley, right halfback Don Miller, and fullback Elmer Layden had run rampant through Irish opponents' defenses since coach Knute Rockne devised the lineup in 1922 during their sophomore season. During the three-year tenure of the Four Horsemen, Notre Dame lost only two games; one each in 1922 and 1923, both to Nebraska in Lincoln before packed houses.