Pihos Staged Comeback To Lead Pro Receivers
Pihos Staged Comeback To Lead Pro Receivers By HARRY GRAYSON NLA Sport Editor PHILADELPHIA (NEA) Pete Pihos, in his seventh season as a professional Philadelphia Eagle, admitted to 30 years of age. That's rolling along In any (tame, especially football, but Pihos never realy grew up. Pihos, the old Indiana end, staged one of athletics' more re markable comebacks. At the start of the 1953 season, t heEtigles front office considered the six-foot one-inch, 211-pound Paoll, Pa., product as washed up as Ezzard Charles, but he fooled Mack Lillard Seeks Foe For Jim Grow Promoter Mack Lillard has received assurance from "Moe" Smith, manager of Lewlston's pride and Joy, Jimmy Grow will appear In the armory ring November 19. and Is seeking a suitable opponent for the fast rising lightweight from Idaho. Grow, who strikes like a lightning storm and with the power l a bull, made his first appearance In Klnmoth Palls against Georgie Price a few months ago and before the evening was over had picked up quite a number of boxing supporters for his showing In the ring against Price. In that meeting, Grow started slow and was behind in points tip to the fifth round of the scheduled 10 rounder, when everything the brass completely by breaking many pass receiving records. LATCHES The way Pihos latches onto an aerial is complete, evidence that the bulky veteran Is still at the Juvenile stage where he dips his paws into a sticky jelly jar and doesn't wash them off later. In the Eagles' first five outings this fall, Pihos took in 28 passes, good for 428 yards and six touchdowns. There have been n bale of bumps and hard tackles along the long road from Bloomingtpn to Philadelphia and you'd suspect that they had more than slowed up tnis old pro. Big Pete has stepped all over tills, however, and makes It sound very simple. . "I Just out-condition them," he says. BLUNTLY In the summer of '53, Pihos had a contract talk with Vince Mc-Nally, was told bluntly that he was considered very nearly near the ends of the line as a top offensive end. "You caught only 12 passes and scored only one touchdown last season. General Manager McNal-ly said. "Trimble (coach Jim) doesn't think you can play good offensive football any more. He thinks you've lost your drive." This shook Pihos more than a little. It would cost him consider- erabte money If he wound up as a defensive end and what with a new house 1 na Philadelphia suburb, he needed all the cash he could get. Pihos went to work as though he had a championship fight com ing up. He pounded out mile after mile on the road, watched his diet. After first pleasantly surprising the Eagles at their Hershey, Pa., camp, Pihos accepted 63 passes good for 1049 yards and 10 touch downs to lead the National League. Defenders are still going nuts trying to stop Pihos, whose side walk-sized shoulders are practical' ly impossible to reach around. He turns on at much speed as there Is In the wheel. If anybody cares to bump him a bit, they're on their own. Heading for the ball, he throws his hips around in every direction, but his feet stay on one track, which Is somewhat confus ing. Pihos catches the ' ball with hands extended, one over the. otiier. It's unorthodox, but as far back as Indiana, Bo McMillin dldn t change him. And judging by pro statistics that come across the desk, l.o one else has . changed Pete Pihos, either. Hoop Officials Slated to Meet A meeting of the Klamath Palls Basketball Officials Association will be held next Monday night at Fremont Junior High ac cording to Ernie Bishop, commis sioner of the local association. All of last year's officials who plan to ' work hoop games In the county this season and others who are interested in officiating games this winter should attend the meeting, which starts at 7:30. It Is important that everyone In terested be present at this first meeting, Bishop stated.