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.har. au, lsj m tuuttr.S M;,l).U KKMSTKR Mi Tunnell: pro grid pioneer WHITE Continued from Porje On dayi In Iow City and related ; taiei of earlier start iuch at :' Duke Slater and Ouie Sim-' roons. "So I knew blacki got a fair shake there," layi Em, who enrolled at Iowa and played with distinction for two years before moving on to the New York Ciants and real glory. Tunnell entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. Ohio, in 1967. Why not? He still holds the NFL record for most interceptions, lifetime (79) and three other marks. Today, one of pro football's all-time great defensive backs becomes the seventy-seventh to enter The Sunday Register's Iowa Sports Hall of Fame. TUNNELL LIVES In Upper Darby, near Philadelphia, and is the assistant personnel director and an active scout for the Giants. He is married with no children. "The people were pretty swell to me out there I had no trouble at all," he said over the telephone. "But if I k . naan i aone wen in me pros, u v ; ' they'd have forgotten me." f i - V v'' It was a practical remark, T. '-A liui iiiauc mm viuciucoa, aiiu f,;tf tikplv Iru. Iowa was 5-4 and k '' -. ';' vl 3-5-1 those years, but being a former Iowa collegian causes his pro duties to count for our Hall. Tunnell promptly became a practice field sensation because of his flashy style of catching punts, ball settling into waiting palms held about waist level, a la Willie Mays. "I remember Dr. Eddie Anderson stopping practice and calling everybody over to watch," says Em, a 6-foot 2-inch, 185-pounder who ran with a flair. He was not super fast. .."That kind of embarrassed me," insists Tunnell. "But Dr. Eddie was different. He'd let you do something your way if you didn't make mistakes. "I kept catching them that way. Out of nearly 300 punts, I only dropped five in pro ball. That's damn good," and proof my style of catching was OK." mouth fmo'o r. N. Iowa Sports Hall of Fame IfSI 4 Bmf. Dm Mout Jr ItrMDjn, Out S1m Cor. Dutw Wmrf CIM. MtntM AuOTf DnrtM, 0 Wt Wtftm OHk.HkM. P Mowt UrfcM IRr4) fMr. Cdt Bo FHif. VM Mm Ml Gilbrrt. S4 IM fftAt Couti. MuffiOWdt lint Kim. Villiwt Nudf Karpprr, Soul CUf Chuck McCwmvII. City Ooi ill ire) CJ" ktfM Tiyior, S'Oul Cnjr Frnt Wkiliwr CM Rp.dl Muny Muff, MuW4lin Frt4 lOui'l Sliiff, ClmiM mi tl Cdxk. Walnut Arthur (DiHjr) Vi'K. 0'"l IJSJ Bill HoFf, Crr Rapidt Johy Crum, Bfdfortf 19SI 0v Bancroft. Siock Ciljf Mack Cariirr, Centerville IS5S Daa McCuqin, Imqttf Charlc-i (Chuck) Hoyt, Crec-nliflcf 1S5 Clydr Williamv Shflby Jack Coombs, LfCrand l37 Art Bartlrlt, Ottumwa Git Brand, Clarion 1958 Gordon Lockf Drnison Sol Butler, Dubuque I959 Willis (Billy) Edson, Slorm Lake Harris Coggeshall, Ops Moines 19fi0 Charles (Chuck) Everett. Sioui City Leigh (Polly) Wallace, Iowa State COUTH FMOTO MANK KHWEIL II II , h , A II i t ,J-t t 1 '.-tJ fK a w. rti 'ir ai-y-srr i Tempers heat up on Arena ice DOUBLE DUTY Emlen Tunnell, the latest addition to The Sunday Register's Iowa Sports Hall of Fame, was star two-way back at Iowa in 1946-47. He then went on to 14-year career in National Football League with the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers, and made history by being Giants' first black player, scout, assistant coach and full-time assistant. THE HAWKEYES started playing football in 1899. In all those years, no one has caught more than three touchdown passes in one game, as Em did in 1947. Erwin Prasse of the Iron- men in 1939 had done it for a school record against Indiana. Tunnell matched it, also against the Hoosiers. The personable junior had become "Emlen the Gremlin" by this time. On Oct. 11, he and Al DiMarco, now the track coach at Dowling, had themselves a day. DiMarco hit 10 of 14 throws for 198 yards and The Gremlin fielded six for 156 yards (a school record at the time) and the three touchdowns. "Just like Don Hutson," he told The Register's Harold Yeglin. He also rushed 11 times for 44 yards, hit one of two passes and, as usual, was a demon on defense. Oddly, considering defense was his forte as a pro, Em got one of his biggest headlines in 1947 by quitting the squad during a scrimmage, then asking to return that same day. Frank Carideo, the former Notre Dame ail-American who assisted Anderson, nad chided Tunnell for pitty-pat tackling. Shortly after storming off, the back had second thoughts. "I've always been stubborn . . which is what Carideo said I was ... and I'm still stubborn as hell," he says. Em. "They said 'You'll only play defense from now on.' "I didn't like it that way, but I lasted longer." Yes, he did, playing 158 games in a row and missing only one in 14 years. The last three seasons were at Green Bay under former Giant aide Vince Lombardi. MANY THOUGHT Ems best sport was baseball, pitching or the outfield, and he played summer ball with teams from Amana and Cedar Rapids. He never played it for the Hawkeyes, though, and never played his senior football season, either. He went home for the summer of 1948, ; got a letter and started hitchhiking. Em's original college class had been graduated, making him eligible for the pros. The Giants sent him a form letter, and he decided to go in and check it out "I just started out and a guy with a truck load of bananas came along and took me all the way into the city," he recalls. He had about $1 to spend. The Giants had never had a black player. A few weeks later, Tim Mara signed bis first and Em had a $500 bonus and a one-year contract for $5,000. I played the first few games going both ways . then intercepted four passes against Green Bay," recalls , TUNNELL WAS in on some football history, playing safety in the "umbrella" defense that also featured Tom Landry and set the pattern for some modern tactics. The 79 interceptions is the most important mark he still holds but there are others: Yards returned interceptions, lifetime, 1,282; most punt returns, lifetime, 258; most yards returned punts, lifetime, 2,209 (three for touchdowns in 1959). He was quite a safetyman. "The reason I did so well on interceptions is that I never dropped any balls," he says. "Other guys would start running before the . catch. I always caught first." ' That translates to: Keep your eyes on the ball. Em shared in some huge victories with the Giants, and some losses. He was all-pro 'four times. But his time ran out in New York and he was traded to Green Bay in 1959. "I wanted to be traded to Philadelphia but Lombardi said I could help him out," recalls Em. "I was going on 36 and was with all kids, but I had two good years before a poor one. "Tell you what, Lombardi was the only coach I ever knew who could give a pep talk and make you want to bust heads." But the legs gave out and he retired after 1961. I'd like it if it led to something where I sat down at a desk more. I'm getting to an age where I'd sure like to be the first black head coach." Em was silent a moment. "You can add that the people I've met along the way have meant as much to me as the game itself," he concludes. "And talking to college players all the time keeps my mind refreshed." TUNNELL SAYS he never thought of himself as a pioneer, but he was with the Giants in particular. . "First black everything," he says. "Player, scout, talent scout, assistant coach and first full-time black assistant in the whole league. "I've put in a lot of miles. WOODEN Continued from Page One 15, when practice starts," he said. "I don t want to be watching over anybody's shoulder." 40 Years As Coach Asked if he might coach somewhere else, Wooden an swered, "No. I'll be 65 on Oct. 14 and I II never coach any where else." - Wooden's twenty-seventh season at UCLA was his fourtieth in coaching after he won all-American honors as a player at Purdue. In 40 years his teams won 884 and lost 203. High points of his career. would be UCLA s seven consecutive national collegiate titles from 1967-73 and 88 con secutive victories that ended last year. Wooden said his retirement came for various reasons which he did not care to discuss, but it was believed his health was a major contributing factor. He suffered a heart attack a couple of years ago. 619-147 at UCLA Wooden's UCLA teams have won 619 games and lost 147. The triumph over Louisville was the twenty-seventh of this year against three setbacks. The veteran coach said he had not told his team of his plans to retire until after the semifinal victory. Asked why he did it then in stead of waiting until after the finals. Wooden replied, "Be cause there has been some sup position and conjecture which seems to be reasonably accu rate. 'I did have a heavv heart. feeling this could have been my last game. 1961 Edmund (Bing) Miller, Vinton Joe Laws. Colfax 1962 Or. Eddie Anderson, Oskaloosa Hank Severeid, Story City 1963 Ray Conger, Riceville Earl Whilehill, Cedar Rapids 1961 Bill Boelter, Drake Kenneth E. (Moco) Mercer, Albi 1965 Walter L. (Stub) Stewart, Iowa Hal Trosky, Norway, la. 1966 Chuck Darling, Denison , Clarence (Pug) Manders, Drake 1967 Gary Thompson, Roland Frank (Bucky) O'Connor, Monroe 1968 Eric Wilson, Iowa City Dr. John E. (Doc) Dorman, Fayette Cal McVey, Montrose 1969 Reece (Pinky) Greene, Mt. Pleasant Jim Kelly, Fonda Ed Bock, Fort Dodge 1970 Johnny Bright, Drake Buck Shaw, Mitchellville George Stone, Lost Nation 1971 Marcellus McMichael, Des Moines Calvin Jones, Iowa Frank Jackson, Kellerton 1972 Gar Wood, Mapleton Jack Fleck, Davenport 1973 Frank Wykoff, Des Moines Willis Glassgow, Shenandoah Fred Egan, Stuart 1974 Jim Doran, Beaver Ed Gordon, Iowa . Adam Walsh, Churchville 1975 Emlen Tunnell, Iowa Officials break up fij ht between the Des Moines Capitols' Pat Russell (hid den) and Dayton's Dill Kiley (right) that erupted iir first period of Saturday night's International Hockey League playoff game at the Des Moines Arena. At left the Capitols' Dale Cook (37) holds Hill Dest at bay. Kussell scored one goal and assisted on another as Des Moines squared the best-of-seven series at two game apiece with 5-.'J victory. HOCKEY Continued from Page One we can't let up on that club," said Dan. "Just when it looked like we had it sewn up, they're back in the game. No game's over against that team until the final buzzer. "This was a must," Belisle continued. "We would have been in deep trouble if we had lost this one, because we would have needed to win three straight and that's a tough task. "Now we're on even terms and we know we can win there. The guys are really working." 2 Quick Goals Des Moines erected its 4-1 lead on goals by Pete Slater and Terry McDougall in a 53-second span. Slater, Des Moines' top regu- J Iar-season scorer with 34 goals, rifled a 17-foot wrist shot over goalie Jim Pettie's left shoulder and then McDougall slipped a shot from the slot into the net's lower-right corner. "It was a good win and it put the pressure on them, noted McDougall. "They have to win in their building and I think we've got a little momentum. "If we can stay away from obvious mistakes, we 11 beat them . . . we've got to play smart hockey." ! Des Moines made few mistakes Saturday night as the de fense, spearheaded by Ken Wright and goalie Jerome Mra-zek, allowed the Gems, losing for the third time in 14 outings, only a first-period goal by Rick Bragnalo before the third-peri od uprising. Mrazek made 27 saves and has allowed only four goals in two playoff games. Russ,-!!!, De Marco Hit Right-winger Pat Russell and Frank DeMarco scored the other eoals for Des Moines, which is 5-10 against the Southern Division champions this season. Russell tied the score, 1-1, early in the opening period when he took the puck from behind the net and rammed it between the goalpost and Pet- tie's pads. DeMarco gave the Capitols, a 2-1 edge in the sec top goal scorers in the playoffs with two each. . . . Former Capitol Larry Bolonchuk picked up an assist, giving him two points for the series. SCORE BY PERIODS Davton . . 0 jj Dm Molnn ...... 1 1 li Ond period by rebounding RUS-Bragnlo (Bolonchuk, White), Uli: J. candia), 17:06; penalties: (Dl Simpson (interterence). :5V: (D) Bragnalo (hiqh sticking), 2:47; (D.M.I de Moissac (hiqh sticking), 2:47; (O) Rilev (charginq, tight-Ina), 4:04; (D.M.) Russell (charqeng. lighting), 6:04; (D) Rilev (slashinal, 16:40; (DM.) McDougall (slahlng), 16 40, (D) Best (hooking). 1 9 38. DeMarco (Russell), 8:25; penaltv: (O) DoioninuK (nooning). Third period Scoring: 4. Des Moines Slater (Cowell, de Moissac), 12:26; 5. Des Moines McDougall (Chalmers, Bot- ting), 3:19; 6. Davton White (Bragnalo, staoieton), 1B.3; 7. Dayton caw (John son), 19:32; 8. Des Moins Cowell (unassisted), 19:55. SAVES . Petti 11 11 t1 Mrazek 7 11 27 A 1,937. sell's shot and flipping the puck high into the net. "We had the kind of attack tonight that was bound to score," observed Belisle. "We made Pettie work tonight and he did a pretty good job, but we were bound to score." Bragnalo, the regular-season IHL scoring champion with 113 points, picked up his fourth goal of the series in the first period when his 30-foot slap shot caromed off Mrazek's pads into the net. "Last night (when the Gems won, 4-2) we deserved to win," said Dayton Coach Tom McVie. "Tonight, they deserved to win because they outplayed us. "Danny Belisle has gotten a lot of mileage out of those guys, ne continued. Tney could have rolled over, but they didn't. "The Des Moines hockey club has really put the pressure on. They really worked hard and deserved what they got." ITrottcrs entertain 17,220 fans By PETE LEWIS The Harlem Globetrotters Joked, clowned and Implied their way to a 108-92 basketball victory over the New York Nationals Saturday night ut Veterans Memorial Auditorium before a crowd of 7.220. The Globetrotters, led by Geese Au?bie, began the fun early in the game as Ausbio hijacked a vendor in the stands and passed out frozen malts and soft drinks to several fans. "Avon calling." Ausbia shouted as he dragged the help less vendor through the stands. Harassing Referee The Globctrotters's Inter- national squad, featuring Ausbie. Marques Haynes, Mel Davis, Theodis (Wolfman) Lee, Jesse Jemison, John Smith, Jerry Venable, Jimmy Black-lock and Twiggy Sanders, spent much of the game harassing referee Joe Celentano and Na- ionals Tlayer-Coach Andy Johnson. The Globetrotters' national quad, led by Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Ncal, was promoted as the team which was to appear here. No imme diate explanation was available for the reason it was not on hand. Using razzle-dazzle plays and ploys ranging from the hidden ball trick to playing piggyback, the Globetrotters intimidated Celentano and stopw'd play several times to "recruit" players from the stands. One such recruit was one- year-old Mathew Dobson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Dobson of Des Moines, who was brought on court by Ausbie for bottln feeding. Wears Wig Ausbie then paraded around the court a wig and carrying a handing before dashing off into the stands to talk with spectators ranging from toddlers to white-bearded senior citizens. The game in progress on the court was secondary to the entertainment. "It's showmanship," said Haynes, a 30-year veteran of the Globetrotters. "Who wo play doesn't mean that much to the public. What's important is that there are people out there, laughing and enjoying then selves." 'Foolish' suffers first career loss mm takes $127,000 AM ARCADIA, CALIF. (AP) - Unheralded Avatar scored an HALLANDALE, FLA. (AP) - Prince Thou Art, roaring t vict Sa( . , from aeaa last, iook tne ieaa in the final sixteenth of a mile RCA PORTABLE TV WITH EVERY STARCR AFT Boat and Motor Bought from WESTERN MARINELAND On Moirwt Sports t Vacation Sftow T Oarti 1tOny tiier, ar t So Our Big Ad In Tho SPORTS & VACATION SECTION Page 8 r v NOTES Russell and the Gems' Bill Riley fought briefly in the opening period after the Davton right-winger checked Mrazek. ... Des Moines missed several good scoring chances earlv in the game. . . . Des Moines is 5-2-1 for its last eight games. . . . Dayton all-star de-fensemen Dave Simpson did not play in the final period, but McVie would not say why: . . . Pettie was pulled out of the game in favor of an extra for ward with 1:05 remaining in the game. . . . Slater, Cowell and Russell are Des Moines' and handed Foolish Pleasure the first defeat of his career in the $157,400 Florida Derby Sat urday at Gulfstream Park. The winner's stablemate, Syl van Place, took second with a tiring Foolish Pleasure finish ing a close third. Prince Thou Art, who fin ished second by nearly two lengths to Foolish Pleasure in the Flamingo earlier this month, was widening the gap at the finish. Century Gold finished fourth. The victory for Prince Thou Art was only his third in 10 starts and was his first stakes triumph. $127,900 Santa Anita Derby, get ting unaer me wire a noso in front of Rock of Ages. The heavily bet favorites Diabolo, and George Navonod finished third and fourth, and once again the 3-year-old division racing in California was thrown into a scramble. The time for the 1 Va miles over a fast track was 1 minute 47 3-5 seconds. The stakes record is 1:47 set by Lucky Debonair in 1965. Each colt tar ried 120 pounds. Jockey Jorge Tejeira was aboard the winner, who collect ed $82,900 for owner A. A. See- ligson, jr. FACTORY METHOD X 7000 COLOR CHOICES EXPERT BODY WORK if I FREE ESTIMATES Whether We Do The Work Or Not The Quality Job at A Reasonable Prce 1745 N.E. 58th Ave. One Mile North of 1-80 on N.E. 14th Turn East Al tht Water Tower Des Moines 265-5293 aco Aum Burks a BankAmericard & Master Charge accepted. Only Our Top Professionals Won The 1974 Group Sales Award Stephen W. Newport was one of them. This recognition gors to ihe select proup of Woodmen Accident and Lite District who led the Company's f00 representatives in the sale of roup lite .incJ he.ilth insurance protec tion for the calendar yejr. Sue h .in ,ic hievement is a signify ant one. because of the new dimension in f inane ial security it yKes to many individuals, families and businesses. It you'd like to add your congratulations to ours, here's the address: Stephen W. Newport 2000 Grand Ave. Des Moines, I A 50263 Ph: 225-37J5 Richard D. Beck Agency M.inager , i J WOODMEN ACCIDENT AND LIFE

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