The final mystery of the Mysterious Montague—how good he was—was never answered. Grantland Rice, three months before his own death, in 1954, wrote, "A great many will tell you that Montague, originally a Syracuse boy, was overplayed. That isn't true." Rice was a believer to the end.
Leigh Montville, a former writer for Sports Illustrated, is the author of The Mysterious Montague, published last month.