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;2E Ved., Aug. 27, 1969ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH "Nice Things Surprise Modest Jim Conzelman Sports Comment Klfi t J! T Broeg : By Bob Broeg Post-Dispatch Sports Editor ; Jim Conzelman, accepting congratulations for having been selected to the National Football League's 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-" to's president, Ed Bock, and two area 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. - . 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 at New Brunswick, N.J. There, 100 "years ago this fall, Rutgers and Princeton played what is histor--ically regarded as the first game of intercollegiate football. For some years, Hall of Fame chapters throughout the coun-try have been holding dinners to recognize (1) distinguished ; Americans who played football, (2) men who contributed considerably to the collegiate game, and (3) to encourage scholarship among athletes. Bock for Gold Medal Award ' Alton's Hagen and CBC's Knight, honored among some 110 'scholar-athletes by the Post-Dispatch earlier this summer, were 'outstanding in both football and the classroom. Bock, 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 din-;ner every December at the 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 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 States Steel; Donald Lourie, Quaker Oats Co., and Juan -j-Trippe, Pan-American World Airways, i. Bock was a better football player than any of the above-mentioned except Justice White and possibly Stagg, who was "on the original All-America team of 1889. -Mr. Versatility L. Although Conzelman couldn't understand it, there was no Contest when local Hall of Fame chapter chairman Bill Gerde-mann and his committee sat down to decide which man had 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-. 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, hard-nosed halfback all the way from Central and McKinley high schools, through Washington University to the pro league. There, as mentioned, just the other day he was named with Jim Thorpe, Red Grange, 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 and flapper, raccoon coat and 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 career to return to college, he was a ruggedly handsome he-man whose charm wasn't lost on the ladles. Beau James lived in Greenwich Village as a sculptor's 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. Witty and a Winner From a stumbling public speaker, he became a master of dry Irish wit and split-second timing, a combination which won him a national reputation and which compels him, past 70, to decline to speak now. He'll still pick out a 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 as they were funny. Conzelman was in demand as an after-dinner speaker, coast to coast, but the humorist made his greatest impression when he was deadly serious. At a war-time commencement address at the University of Dayton, where he received an honorary 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 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), but he's unusual, too, the Squire of Pershing who became a most successful advertising - account executive before retirement. And he coached at Washington University when his alma mater played big-time football. Between 1932 and 1939, despite outside activities which included his first of two acting roles at the Muny Opera, Conzelman beefed up the Bears to the point that they won three Missouri Valley Conference football 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 couldn't understand why he has received so much football recognition here, everyone else does. 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Purpose: to Iron out details for league playoffs and the World Series. "Believe you me, this Is a hell of a transition," aaid Astros owner Roy Hofhelnz. Big Red FROM PAGE ONE an AFL record id allowing only 170 points last season, seems to be In the same groove In the exhibition games. Oakland, Detroit, Cincinnati and Los Angeles have scored a total of 51 points in the four games. Frank Pitts, KC wide receiver who caught four passes for 118 yards in Len Dawson's passing spree against Los Angeles, almost could match lean pass catching years with the traded Logan. Pitts caught only six passes in three seasons with Kansas City. Then last year he led the club's wide receivers with 30. "He had bad hands," explained Chiefs' publicity director Jim Schaaf, "but he was a great e x a m p 1 e of how Hank Stram sees things in football players. "People would ask Stram why he kept Pitts when he couldn't catch a cold, but Hank said Pitts would be a good receiver some day, that all he. lacked w"s confidence. His bad hands were just from trying too hard." 5 To Seek Spot In District Golf A small field of five golfers will compete in the senior sectional qualifying trials next Tuesday at the Sunset Country Club. Only one player will qualify for the national competition Sept. 15-20 at Wichita, Kan. Teeing off a noon are Rich- ard T. Toney, Poplar Bluff; Bob Cochran, Norwood Hills; Floyd Chapman, Greenbriar Hills; E. D. Imboden, Norman-die, and Milton Frank, Four Seasons. Coaching No Problem! For Confident WilkenI SEATTLE, Aug. 27 (UPI) -Lenny Wilkens has moved Into his new position as player-coach of the S e a 1 1 1 e Supersonic so easily It's hard to tell he has been on the job only three weeks. But no one Is surprised. Least of all Wilkens, who Is confident of his ability to make the transition to coaching in the National Basketball Association while remaining a player. In fact, he is so confident that he would accept only a one-year contract When he agreed to replace Al Bianchl, who resigned. "There's a reason for that," said Sonic g n r a 1 manager Dick Vertlleb. "We wanted to of far him more, but Lenny would only accept a one-year contract because he wants a bigger one next year after he's proved what he can do." Wilkens said one of the reasons he was confident of his ability to handle the coaching job is that he had had the best possible training nine years as a guard in the NBA. "A guard is a guy that has to run the show out there, like a quarterback i n football," he said. "He's the guy that controls the tempo of the game by r u n n i n g the offense, the guy who gets the fast break going or slows the team down when things aren't going too well." Wilkens said he had found coaching to be pretty much as he expected before accepting the post Aug. 5. "I haven't had to make any drastic changes so far," said Wilkens, who came to Seattle from Atlanta only last year in a trade for Walt Hazzard. "From a coaching standpoint, Nixon Picks Orioles Humphrey Disagrees MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 27 (AP) Former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey said President Richard M. Nixon was guilty of making his first big mistake picking the wrong team to win the American League pennant. Humphrey is the self-proclaimed No. 1 fan of the Minnesota Twins. Mr. Nixon has picked the Baltimore Orioles to face the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. "I haven't been critical of the President," Humphrey said. "This is his first major ' mistake." Humphrey offered to bet the President, but didn't specify what would be wagered. I ' Len Wilkens there are certain things you want done, so you relate them to your guard," he explained, "f'nce I've been in that position, I know what things I want done." The 31-year-old former Provi dence C o 1 1 e g e and St? Louis Hawks star looks at home behind his o f f 1 c e desk, but he doesn't plan to let coaching interfere with his playinfZT "At this point, I cantaay it's going to affect my game," he said. "I don't have any concrete evidence to point to along that line. Er "When we're playlng. jrames, I'm not going to be In the office all of the time," he laid. "I'll come down to the office once in a while, but on the day of a game I'm going to begetting just as before." The 6-foot-l Wilkenslpcated that he hoped to maintain his 22.4 points-a-game average of last year and woukTlike to do even better. "But, if I feel the team is playing well, then I will be sitting out some," he saldJ may not have to play as much since we have a real good new: guard in L u c i u a Allen (rookie from UCLA). He's going to bfi a fine ballplayer." Canadian Offer For Keyes Jets Cut Sample; McNeil Walks Out From Post-Dispatch Wire ServioM NEW YORK, Aug. 27-The New York Jets are anything but complacent. """ The Jets aren't standing pat with the team that won the Super Bowl last season. Coach Week Ewbank warned the club after Monday night's 24-6 loss to Oakland that some changes might be in order. Ewbank's warning came true yesterday as the Jets cut three starters from their championship club cornerback Johnny Sample, defensive tackle Paul Rochester and p u n t e r Curley Johnson. S a m p 1 e, the Jets' defensive captain who played for Ewbank at Baltimore, is undergoing treatment for a back injury. The Jets also waived fullback Billy Joe, linebackers Gary M a g n e r and Mike Stromberg and guard Frank Paters. The British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League say they have made "a substan tial contract offer" to Leroy Keyes, the unsigned No. 1 draft pick of the National League's Philadelphia Eagles. Keyes Is expected to make a decision tomorrow. Clifton McNeil of the San Francisco 49ers, the NFL's top receiver last season, walked out Pro Football Data BOSTON Cut punter Brant Con-toy and llnehaoker in Leaty.- BUFFALO Cut defensive back Tom Janik and linebacker TJuvd Fate. 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