Star-Gazette from Elmira, New York on October 27, 1968 · 42
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Star-Gazette from Elmira, New York · 42

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iUNDAY TELEGRAM 2D Umirti, N.Y. Oct. 27, 1968 ; Another in Hall 1 Ernie Davis gave Elmira a niche on the Heisman Trophy scroll. Elmira and Springfield played a 27-inning baseball game in 1965 to give Elmira a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame. These aren't scoops to use a newspaper term. Everyone interested already knows about them. What is though, is that Elmira also has a place In the professional Football Hall of Fame at Canton, Ohio. Before you start searching your memory on Elmira's great pro football players, forget it. Don't waste your time. You'll never come up with a name. If you have access to the dusty archives you may have chance. Forget that, too. I'll tell you. 1 Elmira's contribution to the Pro Football Hall of Fame is one Bob Waterfield, that pass master of the Los Angeles Rams who gained almost as much fame by marrying voluptuous Jane Russell. No, Waterfield never pulled on a pair of Elmira football pants, nor threw a pass locally, but his bust in the Canton Hall lists Waterfield's birth as July 26, 1920, Elmira, N. Y. HERE'S THE story in a nutshell: Bob Waterfield was born in St. Joseph's Hospital, July 20, 1926, to Mr. and Mrs. Staton Waterfield of Cleveland Ave. Mr. Waterfield, a Metropolitan Life Insurance agent, later moved his family to Morningside Dr., then reportedly on to Wellsburg for a year or two before packing the family into the family auto for the long trek to Van Nuys, Calif. That was in the mid-Twenties when Bob was a young five or six. ' Now that we have an association with the Football Hall, what about the man who represents us there. Well, for the young folks who don't know about Bob Waterfield, csk pop. He'll tell you Bob Waterfield was one of the all-time great passers, kickers and quarterbacks in the history of pro football. Pop'e right, too. Waterfield had to be just as great as he's painted to be in the elite Football Hall. STRANGE AS IT may seem, though, Waterfield's burst onto the national football scene came with suddenness. Waterfield played high school football at Van Nuys (as well as other sports) but was never outstanding. No one came his way with scholarships. He was too small at 150 pounds. But Waterfield loved football. After graduation from high school, Bob took a job In a Los Angeles aircraft plant, spending his spare time passing end kicking a football and doing exercises to build his body. After a couple of years of aircraft work Waterfield entered UCLA in 1940 and in 1942 was a standout in leading the Uclans into the Rose Bowl against Frankie Sinkwich and Georgia. Sinkwich and Georgia won, 9-0. TirE NEXT SPRING Waterfield married Van Nuys High sweetheart Jane Russell, then a national sensation for her movie, "The Outlaw." Waterfield entered the Army, injured a knee in football at Ft. Benning, Ga., was discharged and returned to UCLA in time for the 1944 season. He climaxed his college career by passing and running the West to a 13-6 victory in the Shrine game. The eye-opener of this game was Waterfield's amazing 59.4 yards punting average. The pro offers came in and Bob weighed them, taking his time before deciding. He finally selected the then Cleveland Rams for a salary of $7,500 per season even in those days a "steal." 1 WATERFIELD TOOK a weak franchise, passed, ran, punted and place-kicked it to a 28-21 win over Detroit and the Western Division title. Then, in the cold and snow, Waterfield out-pitched the great Sammy Baugh as Cleveland nipped the Washington Redskins, 15-14, to rule pro football in 1945. Waterfield was so impressive he was voted all-pro quarterback (he was never an all-anything in college), the league rookie of the year and the league most valuable player the first and only pro gridder ever to take those three awards his first season. The next year the Rams moved to Los Angeles and Waterfield had a new 3-year contract calling for $20,000 per. It proved another "steal" for owner Dan Reeves. Waterfield led the Rams to successive championships In 1949, 1950 and 1951. Waterfield quit as a player after the 1952 season with these statistics for eight years in the tough pro league: 814 completions in 1,618 tries (50.3 per cent accuracy) for 11,893 yards and 99 touchdowns. He punted 315 times for an amazing average of 42.48. DESPITE ALL HIS heroics (one coach said Waterfield could do everything a great QB could do and do it just a little better) Waterfield was never a hit with Los Angeles fans. One reporter wrote, "Bob's big trouble was he wasn't flamboyant in a city which adored flamboyancy." Anyway, Waterfield came back to the Rams as coach in 1960 and lasted midway through the 1962 season when he quit. When asked one time what made him a great quarterback, Waterfield modestly answered, "Hirsch, Fears and Benton." This was a tribute to the three ends who caught Water-field's passes Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch, Tom Fears and Jim Benton. Bob Waterfield was quite a football player. In a way out way Elmira can point with pride to another native son who made it big. Bowling Big Five WOMEN Helen Lutomski, EBC 256 195 150 601 Marilyn Rogers, EBC 169 207 212 588 Irene Bush, EBC 165 235 177 577 Norma Green, Dixie 194 150 232 576 Mary Lou Nichols, EBC 181 190 200 571 905 977 971 2913 MEN Lowell Warters, EBC 245 222 208 675 Jack Ackerman, EBC 246 189 237 672 . Bernie Isaacs, EBC 193 234 244 671 Tom Gill, Dixie 214 244 213 671 Harry Sargent, Rossi 267 230 171 668 1165 1119 1073 3357 BIG 5 POINT STANDINGS Women Men Jeanne Whitney 17 Tom Gill 16 Fran Little 16 Bob Hughes 12 Irene Bush 13 Ray Eames .. 12 Daisy Waight 10 John Santulli 9 Nadine Robertson 10 Tom Scalia 8 Jane Stone 10 John Moffe .. 8 Helen Lutomski 10 Bucks Stave Off IUini, 31-24 CHAMPAIGN, 111. (AP) - Undefeated and second-ranked Ohio State, on the threshhold of a season wrecking tie, rallied In the final minutes Saturday to hand underdog Illinois a 31-24 defeat. A homecoming crowd of 56,174 hoping only for a good showing by the Illini, saw their winless favorites bounce off a 24-point deficit to tie the mighty Buck eyes with 4:38 left to play. But the desperate Buckeyes, with quarterback Rex Kern leaving the field with an injury. struck quickly to dissolve the tie and hold a share of the Big Ten lead. Ron Maciejowski on his first play from scrimmage, hit Larry zelina with a 10-yard pass and then two plays later the same combination clicked, for 44 yards down to Illini 4-yard line. Three plays later Jim Otis banged in irom me z tor the wmmng touchdown. Ohio State had only a 3-0 first quarter lead on Jim Roman's 21-yard field goal but the Buck eyes struck for three touch downs, two by Kern and one by Otis to climb into a 24-0 lead at the half. Then Illinois put on its amazing rally led by fullbacks Rich Johnson and Ken Bargo. Ohio State Illinois 3 Jl 0 7-31 0 0 it i- OSU FG Roman 21 OSU - Otli 1 run (Roman kick) OSU - Karn 10 run (Roman kick) OSU Kern la run (Roman kick) ILL Johnson 2 run (Johnson run ILL Naponlc 1 run (Johnson run) ILL Bargo J run (Bargo run) 9SU 0,l i run (Roman kick) A 15,1 74 Wildcats Top Poor Wisconsin EVANSTON. HI. (AP) -Crais Smeeton, a s econd-string halfback, featured a 77-yard drive with his running and canDed it by taking a 3-yard scoring pass as Northwestern rallied in the last quarter for a 13 to 10 victory over Wisconsin Saturday, i The loss stretched the Badg ers' winless string to 16 eames. They are 0-6 for the campaign with four games to eo. thus being assured of a fifth straight losing season their worst in 79 years of football. Northwestern's winning drive in is piays, keyed on Smeeton's runs of 10, 8 and 15 yards, broke a five-game losing streak for the Wildcats. " A, mm' f t ' -St " How's This? Ron Johnson (40), Michigan back, cuts, and is about to stiff-arm Noel Jenke of Minnesota after moving for 11-yard gain. . Globetrotters Set For Elmira Visit Purdue Races Over Iowa, 44-14 Wisconsin Northwestern 0 3 06 010 7-13 WIS FG JJohnson 3J NW - Olson 10 run (kick failed) !? - Dawklm 5 run (Rvan kick) NW Jmeelon 3 past from Shelbourne (Emmerich kick) A 33,133 LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Purdue, without completing a single pass, overwhelmed the Iowa Hawkeyes 44-14 Saturday and cracked two Big Ten foot ball rushing records. Purdue passing ace Mike Phipps sat out the game with an ankle injury. Don Kiepert, No. 2 Purdue quarterback, brilliantly directed the Boilermakers through 92 ground plays that produced 483 yards, seven touchdowns and 32 first downs. Ohio State had held the conference record for rushes, 86 against Illinois in 1943. Purdue held the old record of 25 first downs by rushing, set against Indiana in 1948. Purdue's Ail-American Leroy Keyes and Jim Kirkpatrick scored two touchdowns aniece. Kiepert, Perry Williams and Stan Brown made one apiece. Keyes dashed 51 yards for one of his. I Iowa 7-14 .070 Purdue 6 14 T2 12-44 Pur-Williams 1 run kick failed) Iowa Sullivan 22 pass from Lawrence Meiandez Kick) Pur Keyes 51 run (run failed) Pur Kiepert ) run (Griffin pass from neyes; Pur Keyes 2 run (run failed) Pur Klrkpatrlck 2 run (pass failed) Pur Kirkpatrlck 6 run (pass failed) Pur Brown 5 run (kick failed) Iowa Reardon 42 pass from Cilex (Mt- lanaez kick) A-41,927. GRIDDER DIES CHICAGO (AP) - Ron Solack, 20, a linebacker on the Wayne State football team, died iriday of injuries received in an Oct. 4 football game against the University of Illinois at Chicago. I Michigan Outlasts Minnesota ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan, thriving on early Minnesota mistakes, raced to a huge first half lead and defeated Minnesota 33-20 Saturday, capturing the Little Brown Jug in the process. Michigan ran up 30-0 halftime lead as the alert defense inter cepted two Minnesota passes and recovered one fumble in the first half and scored touchdowns in each case. The Gophers couldn't click un til the final period when they scored three touchdowns. In the first half Minnesota was held to three first downs while Michigan had 17. Minnesota 9 0 0 2050 Michigan 12 18 3 0-33 Mich Staroba t pass from Brown (kick failed) Mich Johnson 1 run (pass failed) Mich Johnson 1 run (run failed) Mich 'Harris 22 pass from Brown (pass failed) Mich FG Killian 24 Mich FG Killian 31 Minn Lltten 88 pass from Stephens (pass failed) Minn Mayer 5 run (pass failed) Minn Trawick 12 pass from Stephens (Stephens pass to Carter) A-69,384. The Harlem Globetrotters, those goodwill ambassadors who love to clown while still playing top flight basketball, will pay a visit to Elmira Dec. 9 courtesy of the All-Sports Committee. - Twin Tier sport fans filled the Elmira Academy gym in December, 1966, the last time the popular Globetrotters ap.-peared in Elmira. . v If the game itself was not enough, and the Washington Generals will provide stiff opposition, , the Globetrotters' will also present a hak time show. .Tickets for the event are $2.50 and may be reserved at Pal's Sporting Goods Store, E. Water St. The ducats w'll be sold on a first come, first serve basis and only 1,750 (gym capacity) will be sold. The All-Sports Committee, formed in 1965, has brought many leading sports figures to the Twin Tiers. Jack Nicklaus, Doug Sanders, Mel Allen, Gary Player, Bill Freeman, Duffy Daugherty, Lindsay Nelson, Jersey Joe Walcott, Henry Carr, the Knicks and Pistons are but a few of the cele- breties that have visited Elmira. . . 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