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"mliif m -ininM'n iiAni i rfawn ririir iw t 5t' " - x- inn.i iiniiir- '"' - Mi ffr'V 1 v .tn i . . .. -- -gi,nff,i'l While the helmet of Chuck near where the Lion wide receiver fell during the closing minute of play between the Lions and Chicago Bears Sunday Hughes' 'Death StiimirDS Lions, DETROIT (UPI) - Chuck Hughes was headed to the Detroit Lions' huddle with 63 seconds left to play Sunday when he broke stride and collapsed. Fifty minutes after the game ended, his teammates, silent and weeping, learned of his death. Hughes, a 28-year-old reserve wide receiver who saw little action this season, was stricken with an apparent heart attack or major blood vessel rupture. An autopsy was scheduled for today. Hughes was the fifth fatality in professional football's history. .sir 'fjmm$m. Detroit Lion runback artist Ron Jessie (89) Is escorted down the left sideline to a touchdown by Lions Charlie Weaver (59) and Bob Kowalkowski (66) during Sunday's PH Wings Oufscore Toledo Special To The Times Herald TOLEDO Maybe the Port Huron Wings have turned colors like chameleon. The Wings raised their road record to 2-1-1 here Sunday with an 8-7 overtime win over the Toledo Hornets. That helped offset, somewhat, three consecutive losses on home ice. Last season the Wings won only four of 36 road games. Coach Ted Garvin wasn't impressed, however, "Toldeo played just a little bit worse than we did." Garvin also announced that veteran Bob McCammon would begin skating with the team in practice Tuesday. McCammon had retired to a position of public relations di- j 5... JO SIFFERT Hughes, picture at left, lies Three plays and 36 seconds of playing time before he was stricken Hughes had made a clutch catch of 32 yards to give the losing Lions a first down in a game they eventually lost to the Chicago Bears, 28-23. Hughes was caught between two defenders, Bob Jeter and Garry Lyle, but routinely ran his pass routes twice before being stricken. The time of death was fixed at 4:41 p.m., exactly 50 minutes after the game ended. But Dr. Edwin R. Guise, one of the Lions' team physicians, said he was unconscious when the other doctor arrived on the field. rector with the stipulation that he might return if the Wings felt he was needed. The shaky start by the Wings obviously makes McCammon's presence necessary. The nine-year IHL veteran said it would take some time to get ready to play, though, since he hadn't been on skates this year. Marty Reynolds produced the winning goal in the wild contest after 3:47 of overtime play. Reynolds picked up a Fiery Crash Claims Life Of Siffert BRANDS HATCH, England (UPI) A race held to celebrate Jackie Stewart's world driving championship resulted in tragedy Sunday when Swiss driver Jo Siffert was killed. Ironically, Sunday's race was staged only because drivers felt that the Mexican Grand Prix, which should have been held over the weekend, was too dangerous in view of last year's event at Mexico City where spectators strayed too close to the track during the running of the race. Just before Siffert's BRM swerved off the track, he appeared to be struggling with the gear lever, witnesses said. Fallen Lion in Detroit, a team doctor. Dr. at the right and gives mouth - picture at right Hughes is taken ' He was a healthy young man and showed an intermittent response... finally his body could take it no longer, there was no longer any respiration by 4:41. In that time he had been without adequate circulation to the brain for approximately one hour," TIMES PAGE 1, SECTION B SPORTS All The Way On The Jessie Express game in Detroit. The kickoff return by Jessie, his second of the year, came in the second quarter of action and left the Lions trailing by one 14-13. The final outcome of the game, a loose puck near the Toledo blue line and scored on a 20-foot backhander. Previously the Wings had gotten ample scoring punch from Don Grierson who came up with a hat trick, including the goal that gave Port Huron a 7-6 third period lead. Len Fontaine added a pair of goals and rookies Randy So-koll and Paul Gamsby also scored. Gamsby's was a 65-footer from over the blue line giving an indication of the goaltending by Toledo. The Hornets Nick Coutu and Rick Duffett only stopped 19 of 27 shots. Port Huron 2 3 2 1-1 2 2 0-7 Toledo 3 FIRST PERIOD 1 PH Grierson (Brlnkworth, So- koll) 6:49. 2 T White (Marshall, Jablonski) 8:35. 3 T Jablonski (Marshall, Goulet) 13:04. 4 PH Grierson (Pate) 18:19. 5 T Heggedal (Demarco, Braun) 18:49. Penalties Goulet (tripping) :41; Heggedal (elbowing) 4:50; Fontaine (elbowing) 8:04; Germain (tripping) 12:33. SECOND PERIOD 6 PH Gamsby (Lehvonen, Germain) 2:15. 7 T Goulet (Braun, Heggedal) 6:04. 8 PH Sokoll (Grierson, Langln) 7:04. 9 PH Fontaine (Lehvonen) 11:04. 10 T Fowls (Gratton, Haidy) 12:09. Penalties Mascotto (hooking) 13:25) Grierson (hooking) 16:33. THIRD PERIOD 11 T White (Marshall) 1:01. 12 PH Fontaine (Sokoll, Reynolds) 12:35. 13 PH Grierson (Sokoll, Brlnkworth) 15:38. 14 T Goulet (Gratton, Gravel) 18:14. Penalties Lehvonen (holding) 6:21; Heggedal (elbowing) 7:46. OVERTIME 15 PH Reynolds (unassisted) 3:47. No penalties. Saves Cropper 13 14 238 Coutu 7 3 Duffett 2 7 0-19 Referee Bill Doyle. Linesmen Mel Brunei, Ron Hlckey. Attendance 1,545. Hughes Is Given Edwin Gise, bends over Hughes to - mouth resusciation. In the off the field, his right arm Guise said, "and resuscitation attempts were stopped at that time." "He was a great player and a great person," owner William Clay Ford of the Lions said. "I'm just horrified and shocked." Distraught players filed HERALD Monday, October 25, 1971 For Overtime Win, 8-7 Meanwhile George Hulme was kept twice as busy in the Port Huron nets as he kicked out 38 shots. Hal White and Mickey Gou-let each beat Hulme twice. Greg Jablonski, Howie Heg-gedal and Geoff Powis handled the remainder of Toledo's scoring. While the overall play Seals DETROIT (AP) - The California Seals, the only team in the National Hockey League which has won fewer games than the Detroit Red Wings, finally got into the win column Sunday night, dumping Detroit 6-3. The Wings finally looked alive Friday night when they picked up their second victory of the young season, beating Toronto, but they lost the touch Sunday. Only in the final minutes of the game did Detroit play well. "You can't work at it only in the last eight minutes of the game and expect to win," an unhappy coach Doug Bark-ley said after it was over. "We didn't skate until the end and I'd have a hard time picking out two or three players who played well." An expected duel between defenseman Ron Stackhouse, acquired by the Wings from California late last week, and his counterpart in the trade, Tom Webster, never came Aid And Rushed hanging limp off the stretcher. A doctor from the stands, day in a Detroit hospital. It is believed he died of a heart at-wearing checkered pants, helps wheel Hughes off the field tack. Hughes was 28 years old. and to a waiting ambulance. Hughes died at 4:41 p.m. Sun- from the silent Detroit clubhouse on hearing the news. Placekicker Errol Mann and tight end Charlie Sanders both wept openly. Hughes is survived by his widow, Sharon Leah, and 23-month-old son, Brendon shane. A Philadelphia native, Hughes was one of 13 children in a family which moved (o Texas where he gathered football fame at Texas-El Paso. Funeral details were incomplete. The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Hughes No. 4 in 1967 and he was traded to Detroit for a draft choice before the 1970 season. Hughes carried a 28-23 loss for the Lions, became irrelevant at game's end as Detroit wide receiver Chuck Hughes suffered a heart attack in the last minute of play and died shortly thereafter. wasn't the best the ice was the worst. Coach Garvin called it the worst he had ever seen although he admitted the ice on the pond back home used to get pretty bad some times. The Toledo Arena had hosted a motorcycle race Saturday and the ice was worn through to the concrete in Find off. Webster suffered a pulled hamstring very early in the game and sat out the rest of it. Stackhouse, however, became the team's leading scorer after only two games, adding two assists to the goal and to assists collected Friday. The first period was a seesaw battle, with the Wings and Seals scoring alternate goals and the score was tied 2-2 after 20 minutes were up. Garry Pinder scored his second of three goals for the Seals in the second period to give California a 3-2 lead. Three California goals in the final period, however, put LAUREL OFFTRACK BETS NEW YORK (UPI) Off track betting will accept bets on today's $150,000 Washington, D.C. International p.t Laurel, Md. American-owned Run The Gantlet was listed as the early 2-1 favorite. To Hospital ieors total 14 receptions for 230 yards but no touchdowns into his fifth pro season. His only catch of 1971 was made Sunday. An exhibition game with the Buffalo Bills Sept. 4 gave Hughes a side injury which limited his playing time this year. He complained of sharp pains in his side following that game. "At first we thought it was broken ribs," a spokesman for the Lions told UPI Sept. 14, "but x-rays ruled that out. Then the doctors took tests and ruled out a ruptured spleen as the cause." His only previous playing time in the regular season spots. Toledo player-coach Bill Needham and Garvin tried to convince referee Bill Doyle to stop the game after two peri-' ods but it was permitted to continue. The Wings take a week off to regroup forces before hosting Dayton Friday. They will play in Dayton Saturday and in Flint Sunday. Success In .Detroit the game out of the Wings' reach. Leon Rochefort scored for Detroit in the final stanza. Other Detroit goals were by Nick Libbet and Marcel Dionne. The Wings try again against Chicago Tuesday. The victory came just in time for the Seals because First period 1, California, Hlckey, 2, (Pinder, M. Johnston) 4:32; 2, Detroit, Li-bett, 3, (Stackhouse, Dionne) 12:42; 3, California, Gilbertson, 1, (Ferguson, McKechnle) 13:58; 4, Detroit, Dionne, 3, (Ecclestone, M. Redmond) 18:06. Penalties Cal., D. Redmond, 11:33; Cal., J. Johnston, 16:26. Second period 5 California, Pinder, 1 (Sheehan, D. Redmond) 16:17. Penalties-Del, Brown, 4:05; Cal., Gilbertson, 10:02; Cal., Gilbertson, 12:22; Dl Coriander, 15:35. Third Period , California, Pi.der, -3, (Shehan, Hickey), 52 seconds; 7, California, Hlckey 3, (Sheehan Pinder) 7:24; ( Detroit, Rachefort, 1, (Stackhouse, Char-ron) 11:30; 9, California, Pinder, 3, (Cor-leton, Marshall) 19:32. Penalties: Collins, Det, 2:58; Stackhouse, Det, 6:24; Bergman, Det, 19:32. Shots on goal by: Colif 9-7-15-31 Detroit 15-6-16-37 Goalies California, Carter. Detroit-Smith. A 11J71. Hicke. The victory came just Alike had consisted of a few moments in the fourth quarter of Detroit's second game, a 37-0 romp over the New England Patriots. "I've never seen anything like it," venerable George Halas, owner of the Bears, said in disbelief, even before learning of the death of the 28-year-old Hughes. Hughes was trotting rou-tinely back to the huddle three plays after catching a 32-yard pass which gave Detroit a first down on Chicago's 36-yard line with 98 seconds to play when he plunged to the turf in mid-stride, victim of an apparent heart attack or major blood vessel rupture. "I thought he was faking at first," Dr. Richard A. Thompson, one of the Lions' two team physicians, said of his initial reaction. . Doctors and trainers from both clubs rushed out to attempt to revive Hughes but their cardiac massage and resuscitation attempts were futile. Fifty minutes after the game ended, he was pronounced dead. "He seemed all right," said defensive back Bob Jeter of the Bears. Jeter, along with safety Garry Lyle, had caught Hughes in a hard "pinch" tackle on his 32-yard reception. "He turned around and started for the huddle, then he just fell down," Jeter said. "It seemed so terribly long for anyone to get to him." "I knew him," an assistant coach Jim Ringo said. "We were together in Philadelphia. He was a real nice guy." "The winning is spoiled," middle linebacker Dick But-kus of Chicago said. "I'm not as happy as I'd like to be." The Bears and Lions now both have a 4-2 record in the Central Division of the National Football Conference. Left - handed quarterback Bobby Douglass threw three touchdown passes of 54 and 15 yards, then scored the game-winner himself by diving over from a yard out with 10:56 to play in the game. Douglass, who had Coach Jim Dooley move in with him during the past week to get a cram course on the Bears' offense, was making his first start of the season. Kent Nix, who took over the regular job when Jack Concannon went out with an injury, had a sprained right wrist. The youthful Kansas pro completed 15 of 21 tosses for 150 yards. His touchdown pass St. Louis and Philadelphia, two other slow starters in the NHL's West Division, also hung up victories Sunday. St. Louis trimmed Buffalo 3-2 and Philadelphia edged Chicago 2-1. In other Sunday action, Boston topped Vancouver- 4-3, Pittsburgh tied New York 1-1 and Minnesota whipped Los Angeles 6-3. Chicago, which opened the season with five straight victories and had won seven of eight to soar in front of the West Division, tripped over Philadelphia. The Flyers topped the Hawks on goals by rookie Pierre Plante and veteran Serge Bernier. It was Ber-nier's goal in the third period that broke a tie and won it. St. Louis, which had dropped five of its first seven games, dropped Buffalo with defense-man Carl Brewer's goal proving the difference. New York and Pittsburgh were locked in a scoreless . x -, 2 ilk '; : CHUCK HUGHES of 54 yards went to wide receiver George Farmer while tight end Bob Wallace caught the 15-yarder. Don Shy sped 21 yards for the other Chicago touchdown. Errol Mann kicked field goals of 28, 49 and 29 yards to equal a club career record of 56 three-pointers set by Jim Martin. Ron Jessie ran the kickoff following Farmer's touchdown 102 yards to get Detroit its first touchdown in the second period. Larry Walton took a 16-yard touchdown pass from Greg Landry for the other Lions' score. Landry fired three incomplete passes after connecting to Hughes with 98 seconds to play. His final pass of the game also fell without being caught and Chicago ran out the clock as the siren screamed on the ambulance which was coming to take Hughes to the hospital. "It made you realize just how unimportant a silly football game is," Roy "Friday" Macklem, veteran Lions' equipment manager, said. Bear Lions 17 1 34-173 28-114 150 145 24 3 15-J1-0 U-M-2 J-3 3-51 0 0 7J 6? First downs Rushes-yards Posslng yardage Return yardage ' Passing Punts Fumbles lost Yards penalized Chicago 7 14 0 7 M Detroit t U I 02 Dot FG Mann 28 CM-Shy 21 run (Perclval kick) Del FG Mann 49 I Chi Former 54 past from Douglass (Perclval kick) Det Jessie 102 kickoff return (Mann kick) Det. L Walton 16 pass from Landry (Mann kick) Chi Wallace 15 past from Douglas (Perclval kick) Del FG Man 29 Cht Douglass 1 run (Perclval kick) A 54,419 DETROIT (AP) Individual Statistics of the Chicago Bears-Detroit Lions National Football League games Sunday; in-ndividual Leaders RUSHING Chicogo, Shy 1S-99, Gro-bowskl 4-17, Pinder 7-45, Douglass 5 12; Detroit, Taylor 9-23, Owens 16-11, Landry 3-12. . PASSING Chicago, Douglass 15-21-0, 160 yards; Detroit, Landry 11-26-2, 173. RECEIVING Chicago, Former 6-95, Gordon 3-29, Wallace 2-29, Pinder 2-2, Shy 1-6; Detroit, Taylor 4-41, Sanders 2-31, Walton 2-41, McCullouch 1-23, Hughes 1-32, Owens 1-5. duel until late in the third period, then Vic Hadfield hit for the Rangers but the Penguins tied it 32 seconds later on a goal by Jean Pronovost. The tie kept New York in front in the East Division and left Pittsburgh three points back of Chicago in the West. Boston wiped out a two-goal Vancouver lead and came from behind to beat the Canucks. Bobby Orr's goal late in the second period ignited the Bruins' comeback, narrowing Vancouver's lead to 3-2. Then Johnny Bucyk and Phil Esposito connected in the final 20 minutes for the victory. Esposito's goal the game-winner was the sixth of the season for the defending NHL scoring champ. Dean Prentice collected a pair of goals and Murray Oliver contributed four assists in Minnesota's fourth straight victory at the expense of Los Angeles. i 5 n phi , , 'i J r Hi r m J

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