'Nice Things' Surprise Modest Jim Conzelman

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'Nice Things' Surprise Modest Jim Conzelman - ;2E Ved., Aug. 27, 1969ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH...
;2E Ved., Aug. 27, 1969ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH POST-DISPATCH POST-DISPATCH "Nice Things Surprise Modest Jim Conzelman Sports Comment Klfi t J! T Broeg : By Bob Broeg Post-Dispatch Post-Dispatch Post-Dispatch Sports Editor ; Jim Conzelman, accepting congratulations for having been selected to the National Football League's all-star all-star all-star team of the 1920s, smiled and said, "I just can't understand It, all the nice things that have happened to me recently, especially In St. Louis." Conzelman was referring specifically to the ' fact that he'll be honored, along with Monsan-" Monsan-" Monsan-" to's president, Ed Bock, and two area schol--i.ar-athletes, schol--i.ar-athletes, schol--i.ar-athletes, schol--i.ar-athletes, schol--i.ar-athletes, schol--i.ar-athletes, Gary Hagen and Tom Knight, at - the first awards dinner of the local chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. The dinner will be Friday at 5:30 at Stan Musial and Biggie's restaurant, in advance of . the football Cardinals' game with the Kansas City Chiefs. Tickets for both the game and dinner are $15; for the dinner only, $9. They can be obtained by phoning Bill Owen at PA 1-4508. 1-4508. 1-4508. - The National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, aimed specifically at paying tribute to the playing and coaching greats of college football and fostering the game's future, is located located at New Brunswick, N.J. There, 100 "years ago this fall, Rutgers and Princeton played what is histor--ically histor--ically histor--ically histor--ically regarded as the first game of intercollegiate football. For some years, Hall of Fame chapters throughout the coun-try coun-try coun-try have been holding dinners to recognize (1) distinguished ; Americans who played football, (2) men who contributed considerably considerably to the collegiate game, and (3) to encourage scholarship scholarship among athletes. Bock for Gold Medal Award ' Alton's Hagen and CBC's Knight, honored among some 110 'scholar-athletes 'scholar-athletes 'scholar-athletes by the Post-Dispatch Post-Dispatch Post-Dispatch earlier this summer, were 'outstanding in both football and the classroom. Bock, All-America All-America All-America guard at Iowa State In 1938, was not only ;,a natural for the St. Louis Football Foundation chapter's first . distinguished American award, but his position as president of Tone of the nation's largest manufacturing companies should "make him a strong candidate for the national Gold Medal. The Gold Medal, an award given at a benefit black-tie black-tie black-tie din-;ner din-;ner din-;ner every December at the Waldorf-Astoria Waldorf-Astoria Waldorf-Astoria in New York, has gone to former football players, coaches and student managers 'who rose to the heights in government, business or education. TFor instance, former Presidents Herbert Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy; Justice Byron R. (Whlzzer) I White; Gen. Douglas MacArthur; coaches Amos Alonzo Stagg and Earl (Red) Blaik and business leaders Roger Blough, Unit-ed Unit-ed Unit-ed States Steel; Donald Lourie, Quaker Oats Co., and Juan -j-Trippe, -j-Trippe, -j-Trippe, -j-Trippe, Pan-American Pan-American Pan-American World Airways, i. Bock was a better football player than any of the above-mentioned above-mentioned above-mentioned except Justice White and possibly Stagg, who was "on the original All-America All-America All-America team of 1889. -Mr. -Mr. Versatility L. Although Conzelman couldn't understand it, there was no Contest when local Hall of Fame chapter chairman Bill Gerde-mann Gerde-mann Gerde-mann and his committee sat down to decide which man had contributed contributed most to St. Louis football over the years. Professional Tor collegiate or both, it would have to be Beau James. V If it seems Inconvenient that the St. Louis Football Founda-. Founda-. Founda-. tion folks would choose the same night of a pro football game to " honor Conzelman and the early dinner will assure an early . getaway for Busch Memorial Stadium it must be remembered " fl.nl (as iia.m Ilm ntaa 41.A fnat' nnl.T 7iK.iit 1 ! t. Ir t. : i 1 1. Vt!v mat 1U1 J.ci3 .Jill, nan inv hivu a vuiy fiuiau. uim nun league pro football. It must be remembered, too, that he probably was as fine a football player as ever came out of the city. James Gleason Ryan Dunn, who took his stepfather's name after his widowed mother remarried, was a swivel-hipped, swivel-hipped, swivel-hipped, hard-nosed hard-nosed hard-nosed halfback all the way from Central and McKinley high schools, through Washington Washington University to the pro league. There, as mentioned, just the other day he was named with Jim Thorpe, Red Grange, Ernie Ernie Nevers and a couple other guys to the best of the National Football League's backs in the Roaring Twenties. In that era of the hip-flask hip-flask hip-flask and flapper, raccoon coat and rah-rah, rah-rah, rah-rah, Conzelman was as much at home with the banjo he tuned to sound like a ukelele and at the keys of the piano he taught himself to play. As a World War I sailor who had played in the 1919 Rose Bowl game and won the middleweight boxing championship at Great Lakes, turning down a professional prize-ring prize-ring prize-ring career to return to college, he was a ruggedly handsome he-man he-man he-man whose charm wasn't lost on the ladles. Beau James lived in Greenwich Village as a sculptor's model. model. He led his own dance band. He wrote his own songs and, as the years progressed, he would prove his versatility by writing for national magazines, doing a daily radio stint on KSD with J. Roy Stockton and contributing articles regularly to the Post-Dispatch. Post-Dispatch. Post-Dispatch. Post-Dispatch. Witty and a Winner From a stumbling public speaker, he became a master of dry Irish wit and split-second split-second split-second timing, a combination which won him a national reputation and which compels him, past 70, to decline decline to speak now. He'll still pick out a jazz-era jazz-era jazz-era number for you on his piano or yours, if you have one, but he won't compete with the tireless talker who honed his speeches to sound as casual casual as they were funny. Conzelman was in demand as an after-dinner after-dinner after-dinner speaker, coast to coast, but the humorist made his greatest impression when he was deadly serious. At a war-time war-time war-time commencement address at the University of Dayton, where he received an honorary degree, degree, his learned discourse on "A Young Man's Mental and Physical Preparation for War" was so searching and moving that it became required reading at West Point and still is. Ah, this Irishman with the Dutch surname has had the gift of the blarney, a graciousness which made him the best of fellows fellows socially, wonderful press copy as a coach and In that vexing capacity a man who knew how to steam up or relax a football team. Sure, he's unique. For one thing, he's the last man to coach the football Cardinals to a championship (1947-48), (1947-48), (1947-48), but he's unusual, unusual, too, the Squire of Pershing who became a most successful advertising - account executive before retirement. And he coached at Washington University University when his alma mater played big-time big-time big-time football. Between 1932 and 1939, despite despite outside activities which included his first of two acting acting roles at the Muny Opera, Conzelman beefed up the Bears to the point that they won three Missouri Valley Conference football championships championships and played on even terms teams with the names of Notre Dame, Illinois, Army, Missouri, Southern Methodist, Vanderbilt and . Oh, you get the point, which is, of course, that if James Gleason Ryan Dunn Conzelman Conzelman couldn't understand why he has received so much football football recognition here, everyone everyone else does. 'A ''' Jim Conzelman . . . as he looked as Washington Washington U. coach

Clipped from St. Louis Post-Dispatch27 Aug 1969, WedPage 71

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri)27 Aug 1969, WedPage 71
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