The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on January 29, 1963 · Page 7
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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Tuesday, January 29, 1963
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 'Milestone Men' of Pro Game: THE DAILY COURIER, CONNELISVIUE, PA. PAGE SEVEN All-Time Grid Dream Backfield' Heads 17 Hall of Fame Nominees CANTON, Ohio (UPI) -- Jim Thorpe, Red Grange, Bronko Na- gurski and Sammy Baugh. possibly the greatest "dream" backfield the game has ever known, were among the first 17 immortals voted into the National Professional Football Hall of Fame today. Also honored for their playing ability were backs Dutch Clark, Johnny (Blood) McNally and Ernie Nevers, center Mel Hein, tackles Pete (Fats) Henry and Cal Hubbard and end Don Hutson. The six officials named for the Hall for helping to guide the pro sport from its original role as a stepchild of the college game to its modern popularity were . former NFL Commissioners Bert Bell and Joe Carr; George Halas, founder of the Chicago Bears; Curley Lambeau, founder of the Green Bay Packers; Tim Mara, founder of the New York Giants, and George Preston Marshall, founder of the Washington Redskins. The 17 -- all picked unanimously by a national board of selectors -- will be enshrined in a hall now under construction here where the National Football League was founded on Sept. 17, 1920. Five of the honored men arc deceased--Bell, Carr, Henry, Mara and Thorpe. The anouncement of the first group to enter the Hall was made by Dick McGann, director of the National Professional Football Hall of Fame, who commented: "These are the milestone men of pro football. Their deeds and dogged faith wrote the history of this great game." Meet Each Year The board of selectors will meet annually to consider nominations for new members, with the next meeting scheduled for the eve of the 1963 NFL championship game. No set number will be chosen nor will it always be necessary for a man to be selected unanimously. Thorpe, Grange, Nagurski and Baugh are perhaps the most famous backs in football history-and undoubtedly would have formed the "dream" backfield to end 'em all if they ever had performed as a unit. Thorpe, 6-1 and 205 pounds, joined the Canton Bulldogs in iMio ana piayea pru foinuaii until he was almost 40 years old. A famed all-around athlete with the Carlisle Indians, he was a United States decathlon and pentathlon hero in the 1912 Olympic Games. Grange, the famed "Galloping Ghost of the Illini," was persuaded by Halas to turn pro at the end of the 1925 college season. At the time college- coaches strongly opposed players turning pro but Grange and the Bears went on a historic 17-day tour climaxed by a game that drew 68,000 persons at New York's Polo Grounds. The tour was perhaps the greatest single factor in establishing pro football as a "big time" sport in the public mind. Stars For Bears Nagurksi, a 6-fool, 2-inch, 233- pound All-America tackle and fullback for the University of Minnesota, was the personification of the bone-crushing fullback from 1930 to 1937 with the Bears. He helped to lead the Bears to the first official league championship in 1933. and in 1934 helped power them to 13 straight victories and a perfect regular-season record. Baugh, brilliant whip-armed passer from Texas Christian completed a league record of 1,709 passes in 16 years with the .Redskins. His passes gained 3.016 yards--a league mark until it was surpassed in 1961 by Bobby Layne of the Pitlburgh Steelers. A single-wing tailback in his allege and early pro days, Baugh also was a great punter and in his later days successfully converted to a T-quarterback. Clark, a super star at Colorado College, was a triple threat quarterback for the Portsmouth Spartans and Detroit Lions from 1931 to 1938, and one of the greatest field generals and drop kickers in the game's history. McNally, who played under the name 'Johnny Blood," played for five teams, including the Packer.' and Sleelers, and is remembered as one of the most colorful players in pro history. Holds Record Nevers, an All-America at Stanford, holds the league record of scoring 40 points in one game for the Chicago Cardinals and ranks with Nagurski as one of the greatest fullbacks of all tirne. Henry and Hubbard, who played at about 250 pounds each in their primes, are considered the greatest defensive tackles of the league's early days. Hutson, a 6-1, 188-pounder from Alabama, set a league record by catching 430 passes during his career. Teaming with Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell, he gave the Packers a brilliant passing attack. Hutson ran the 100 yards in 96 seconds and had remarkable change of pace in the open field. Carr was pro football's first czar from 1921 to 1939; Bell set the NFL on its post-World War II course between 1946 and 1959, and Halas, Lambeau, Mara and Marshall set their own clubs on firm foundations and battled over the years for hundreds of improvements that contributed to the growth of the sport. College Basketball Results By United Press-International EAST St. Francis (Pa.) 92 Ky. Wcs. 84 Westmstr (Pa.) 79 Waynesburg 37 NYAC 68 Williams 65 MIDWEST Indiana 74 Purdue 73 Ohio St. 72 Northwestern 70 Southern Illinois 62 Toledo 59 Indiana Central 101 Millikin 82 DePaul 55 Bowling Green 53 Marquette 51 St. John's (N.Y.) 47 Creighton 82 Ambrose 66 Culver-Stockton 62 Harris St. 52 Hamline 67 MacAlester 62 SOUTH Drury 96 John Brown 86 Tulsa 57 Loyola fLa.) 50 Grambling 114 Wiley 58 Davidson 85 Erskine 48 High Point 99 Guilford 54 Georgia Tech. 66 Kentucky 62 * * * * Portraits of First Pro Hall Inductees CANTON, Ohio (UPD--Thumb- nail sketches of the 17 immortals named today to pro football's hall of fame: Sammy Baugh: Quarterback. Washington Redskins, 1937 - 1952. Former Texas Christian All-America was greatest passer and punter of his time. Completed 1,709 passes in 16 years and for 10 years held league mark of 3,016 yards gained passing in career. Bert Bell: N.F.L. commissioner, 1946-1959. Iron-willed former coach and owner of Philadelphia Eagles led circuit in fight with defunct All-America Conference into modern era of popularity. Faced up to .widespread gambling on pro football among fans by conducting hard - hitting "watch - dog" campaign within league. Joe Carr: One-time Columbus, Ohio newspaperman, he organized the Columbus Panhandles in 1904. Called: "Father of Pro Football" because of his organizational work in early days of the sport. Triple-Threat Quarterback Dutch Clark: Quarterback, Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans and Detroit Lions (1931-38). Famed triple - threat quarterback and "coach on the field." One of game's great drop kickers, he also coached the defunct Cleveland from 1939 to 1942. Red Grange: Halfback,-Chicago Bears, 1925-1937. Attracted national publicity for pro football by taking 17-day tour with Bears in late 1925. Was star halfback with many great Bear teams although never reached peak as pro that he enjoyed in college. George Halas: Player, coach, founder of Chicago Bears. Prize student of famous Illinois coach Bob Zuppke, Halas made Bears "the Yankees" of pro football for some 20 years. Became "father of the modern T-formation" by introducing the man in motion to the attack in 1939. Mel Hein: Center, New York Giants, 1931 - 1945. Perhaps the greatest linebacker in football history. Six-foot, 4 inch, 230-pound Hein stopped 'em all, including Famed Defensive Titan Pete (Fats) Henry: Tackle, Canton Bulldogs, Akron Indians, New York Giants, Pottsville Maroons, Pittsburgh Steelers, 1920 - 1930. Famed defensive Titan of another Olivar Resigns: Yale Considers Robustelli For Head Football Coach era, 250-pound Henry also carried ball on "tackle around plays." Still holds N.F.L. record of" 94- yard punt. Cal Hubbard: Tackle and end, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, 192736. Standing 6-feet, 5-inches and weighing 265 pounds, Hubbard combined enormous strength with surprising speed. Played on four league championship teams. Don Hutson: Former Alabama star is considered the finest pass- catching end in football history. Ran 100 yards in 9.6 seconds. Caught record 489 passes during pro career and once scored 138 points in a season and 29 in a quarter. Also was excellent place- kicker. Curley Lambeau: Player, coach, founder Green Bay Packers, 19191949. Giants Founder Tim Mara: Founder, New York Giants, 1925-59. Built Giants from virtually unknown team in 1925 to great name in league's history. His sons carry on tradition he established. George Preston Marshall: Founder, Washington Redskins. Fiery, controversial owner of Redskins has been leading "showman" of the sport for quarter of a century. He fathered the world championship and the pro bowl games. Johnny (Blood) McNally: Halfback, Milwaukee Badgers, Duluth Eskimos, Pottsville Maroons, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, 1925-39. Colorful reckless halfback, he also was noted as a sdiolar. Played a total of 15 years. Bronko Nagurski: Fullback and Tackle, Chicago Bears, 1930 - 37, 1943, ex-Minnesota All-America at tackle and fullback, he ran his own interference. All-time blockbusting fullback. Played on four Bear teams that won pro football championships. 40-Point Record Ernie Nevers: Fullback, Duluth Eskimos and Chicago Cardinals, 1926-37. Scored six touchdowns and four extra points for record of 40 points in game asainst Bears. Nov. 28, 1920. Once played 1,713 minutes of a possible 1.740 during season. A Nagurski-type although about 40 pounds lighter. Jim Thorpe: Halfback. Canton Bulldogs, Oorang Indians. Cleveland Indians, Toledo Maroons, Rock Island Independents, -New York Giants, 1915-26. Famed all- around Carlisle Indian athlete who played pro football until he was almost 40. Combined speed and power to rare degree. NEW HAVEN, Conn. (UPD-- Yale University officials may not have to roam too far afield in seeking a new head football coach. Jordan Olivar presumably caught the Eli athletic office by surprise Monday night when he announced he \vas relinquishing what amounted to a lifetime contract as Yale coach to devote all his time to Irs insurance business in Beverly Hills, Calif. There had been reports that the 48-year-old native New Yorker was considering resigning at the end of the 1962 season when the Elis won only two of nine games. However, athletic director Delaney Kip'muh said no steps had been taken to find a successor because it had been hoped Olivar would change his mind. But when Olivar made it offi- icial Monday night, at least four I men automatically became leading candidates for his job. They were assistant coaches Harry Jacunski, Jerry Neri and Art Raimo, and veteran defensive end Andy Robustelli of the New York Giants. Yale officials didn't look beyond their own backyard the last time they needed a head coach. When the late Herman Hickman resigned in August, 1952, Olivar, v h o had been serving as back- fieid coach, took charge. During his 11 years at New Haven, Oliver's teams won 61 games, lost 32 and tied six. Of the 29 previous Eli football [coaches, none held'the job longer than Olivar and only one, the immortal Walter Camp, compiled a better record. Camp's 'teams won 67 games before the 'turn of the century. NFL Club Owners Hear First Report Gicmfs' Films Reviewed: Huff Still Denies Charge He Roughed Up Packers' ^ *-+ 1 1 . p. I iiv iwutjii^u up rwviwu On gambling Probe Taylor jn NFL Tj ,| e Game Tech First Team To Sweep 'Cats In 36 Seasons By MARTIN LADER If the mark of a champion is winning the close ones, you can sessions, but did not disclose what pass the crown to Georgia Tech. MIAMI BEACH (UPI) -- National Football League dub owners open their annual winter meeting here today with a two-phased investigation into gambling allegations the unofficial main topic. League Commissioner Pete Rozelle made a brief, informal report to the owners on progress of his own investigation Monday night on the eve of the formal he had said. Word of a second investigation, apparently touching other sports as well, came from Washington where Sen. John L. McClellan, D-Ark., chairman of a Senate investigating subcommittee, confirmed he had sent a staff member to San Francisco to "check on reports" of sports gambling. There was nothing about the Investigations on the official agenda for the three-day owner meet- ngs. Up for formal discussion and decisions were such items as rules changes, proposals from players, and trades. But the investigations into reported unsavory gambling-world influence on the game were getting the most behind-the-scenes attention. Roelle, it was learned, did not discuss a specific club or name any names in his brief -meeting with one representative of each of the league clubs Monday night. He reiterated when he arrived here that he will have nothing to say publicly about the investigation until it is completed. Known primarily for its engineering courses, this proud school deep in the heart of Dixie will iave more need of doctors to ireat its gasping supporters if the basketball team continues at its present pace. The Yellow Jackets were up to their eld heart-stopping tactics Monday night before last-minute heroics by sophomore Ron Scharf produced an important 66-62 victory over Kentucky. The win left Jeorgia Tech in undisputed possession of first place in the Southe_astern Conference and established the Engineers as favorites to win their first league title since 1938. The other major action Monday night was centered in the Big Ten Conference where Indiana remained close on the heels of first- place Illinois by beating Purdue, 74-73, and defending champion Ohio State kept its hopes alive by edging Northwestern, 72-70. Georgia Tech, which had a losing record (10-16) last season, today boasts a 15-1 mark and ranks sixth among the nation's major schools. This unexpected transformation hasn't been easy. Of the 15 wins, 10 of them have been decided by five points or les and six were decided by just one or two points. But whenever the game went down to the final basket, it was Georgia Tech that had the winning hand. Typical of Tech's progress this season was Monday night's contest against perennially powerful Kentucky, winner of a record 20 league titles since 1933. Playing on their home court at Atlanta, the Engineers found themselves in a 62-62 deadlock with less than two minutes to play. Scharf then settled matters all by himself as he hit a jump shot to give Georgia Tech the lead and then 15 seconds later stole a Kentucky ball and dribbled the length of the court to put in the clincher. Earlier this season Georgia to submit- a rpnnrt at theiTech nipped Kentucky. 86-85, in By NORMAN MILLER UPI Sports Writer NEW YORK (UPI--The violent world of pro football has come crashing down on Sam Huff . The New York Giants' aggressive 230-pound linebacker has been tormented by taunts for the past several weeks that he was excessively rough in his treatment of Green Bay's Jim Taylor in the National Football League championship game Dec. 30. "I've been getting raked overj (.he coals fay everjbodj aad It hurts," says Sam, a broad-shouldered West Virginian with an obviously sensitive soul. "It seems like everybody turned on Sam Huff at the same time." There columns have been written all ants' quarterback Y. A. Tittle. "A lot of people around the country feel we played rough against Taylor." Huff commented. "I think we played hard. lough football, just as they did against us. "I don't want a reputation for playing dirty football," he continued. "I wanted others to look at the game film. If I played dirty, I want it known. But if I played clean, I want that known, too." Photo Causes Uproar Much of the basis for criticism of Huff's play comes from a widely circulated newspaper photograph, which showed him tackling Taylor around the head while a country, by some who attended the title game and others who NBA Will Give Baltimore First Franchise Bid NEW YORK (UPD-The National Basketball Association will go along with nine clubs next season, but lefbroom for a Baltimore franchise if a team wishes to change its base of operation. NBA president Maurice Podo- loff said the league's board of governors found "no sentiment for expansion at this time" at a meeting Monday. Podoloff said the clubs will be watched on television; there have been vicious letters and anonymous late-evening telephone calls to his home; and there have been irritating gibes by people with whom he comes in daily contact. A fan in Columbia Falls, Mont., wrote a Dallas columnist that his two youngsters have stopped eating the breakfast food Huff endorses because of how he played against Taylor. Huff, who only a few years ago was glamorized on television and in magazines and newspapers as pro football's outstanding defensive player, feels that it's ail a bum rap. And the Giants tried to do something Monday in his behalf. View Game Film They invited newsmen to drop into the club's office for a film viewing of the Packers' 16-7 victory over the Giants and to decide for themselves whether Sam really did Taylor dirt. And in justice to Huff, those who watched the hour-long replay of the title game, re-running several plays in which Sam was involved, came away with this im pression: Huff played no rougher than any other participant in this game that had so much at stake for all concerned. He did not appear any rougher on Taylor than his Green Bay counterpart, Ray Nitschke, was in harrassing Gi- garne official is bending over the ball in the background, newspaper Jn running ^at play on the o\er me mov j e screen , however, it shows hat Taylor fumbled the bail dun* ng the tackle and Huff, not Two Temperamental Heavyweights Meet LONDON (UPD--Two tempera mental heavyweights -- American Tom JIcNeeley and England's Brian London--are scheduled to meet tonight in "the battle'of the brawlers" at London's Olympia Arena In addition to their temperaments--or rather tempers--they have the dubious distinction of having been knocked out by former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson. London, 28. of Blackpool, Eng., is favored at 2-1. annual meeting on May 1 and to state if they wish to remain at their present home city. Baltimore, which has been denied a franchise the past two years, will be given first choice in the event a switch is desired by any of the present club owners. The league's playoff schedule was announced and called for three series. The second and third-place clubs will meet in a best-of-five semifinal and the winners take on the division leader for the sectional title in best-of- seven play. The NBC championship between the Eastern and Western division winners also will be on a best-of-seven basis. The league's annual draft will be conducted April 30 in New I York. SECTION 17-B W. L. JFrazier 6 1 E. Huntingdon 6 1 Scottdale 5 2 West Newton 4 3 Ligonier 3 4 Sewickley 2 5 Dunbar Twp 1 6 S. Huntingdon 1 6 aware of that, continued his ef- brts to bring down the Green 3ay fullback. "I didn't see Taylor fumble," luff insisted. "There was no whistle because the ball still was oose. Others could see the furn- )le which I couldn't. "Heck, we had to gang-tackle Taylor," Huff explained. "He's a good, tough football player. It takes everybody to get him down. If you play half-heartedly against Taylor, you're going to get hurt. "That championship g a m e meant a lot. The players were giving everything. The officials realized the tempo of the game and they were right on top of every play. If I had done anything wrong, the officials would have called me for it." There was a feeling that Huff convinced his listeners. There was one thing he could not change-, however. That was the final score. SECTION S-A Uniontown W. . 7 double overtime at Lexington. No other school has beaten the Wildcats twice during a regular schedule since 1927, and Tech now has done it three times. In the biggest upset Monday night, Furman shocked Southern Conference leader West Virginia, 59-58, as Gerald Glur tallied 18 points. Elsewhere. DePaul squeezed by pesky Bowling Green, 55-53; Marquette turned back St. John's of New York, 51-47; Mississippi State defeated Southern Missisip- pi, 62-52; Tulsa beat Loyola of New Orleans, 57-50; Florida top pled The Citadel, 83-75; Clemson stopped Virginia Military, 68-58, and Texas Western beat West Texas State, 92-59. ivionessen b 5 4 Charleroi California Donora 3 Rostraver 2 Bellmar 1 Monongahela 0 L. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 71 gal. 1.99 (In Quarts) BLUE HOUSE PAINT (Inside or Exterior) STONE and CO. WEST SIDE YARD MA 8-5610 Plan Baseball Season. The WPIAL's Baseball Committee will meet Feb. 7 in Webster Hall Hotel in Pittsburgh to plan the 1963 scholastic season. C O R R E C T I O N ! March of Dimes Card Party TONIGHT 8 P.M. LUNCH PRIZES DONATION $1.00 BRING YOUR OWN CARDS Instead of last night as advertised in yesterday's Courier B.P.O. 868 ELKS On the Diamond" Mt. 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