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9D --June 9.1974 Sunday Gazette-Mail Charleston, West Virginia BLUE CHIP Maryland Loses Push For Robinson, Vroman HAROLD 'RED' GRANGE GALLOPS FOR T. D. AGAINST MICHIGAN Throng of 67,000 Watched Dazzling Exhibition in 1924 Game Red Fireball in Midwest --AP Wirephoto CHAMPAIGN, 111. (AP) Harold "Red" Grange says his neighbors at Indian Lake. Estates, Fla., "know I played football a long time ago for some small Midwestern college, so I let it go at that." This fall, that Midwestern college, the University of Illinois, will bring back Grange. its legendary Galloping Ghost, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Memorial Stadium. It was on Oct. 18.1924, that the imposing arena, outlined against the flat plains of Central Illinois, was dedicated at a game with Big Ten arch rival Michigan which ignited college football's most electrifying performance. In the first 12 minutes of the g a m e , G r a n g e s l a s h e d , whirled and spun for four touchdowns on runs of 95, 67, 56 and 44 yards. In the third quarter, the Ghost in jersey No. 77 flitted 13 yards for his fifth touchdown. In the final period he passed for a sixth touchdown, leaving limp a capacity crowd of 67,000--the largest ever to watch a football game in the Midwest. In the 39-14 victory over Michigan, unbeaten in 20 previous games, Grange amassed 402 yards rushing on 21 carries and completed six passes for 64 yards in 41 minutes of play. Convinces Skeptics A year later, as a senior, Grange proved to Eastern skeptics t h a t h i s performance against Michigan was no fluke. Against a great Pennsylvania team at Philadelphia, Grange swivel- hipped over a muddy field for three touchdowns, and gained 383 yards on 36 carries in the 24-2 victory. After three seasons at Illinois, in which he scored 31 touchdowns and rushed for 3,637 yards, Grange joined the Chicago Bears as pro football's first $100,000-a-year performer. The famed redhead gave a tremendous lift to the box offices of the struggling, young National Football League. But, as Grange explained it, "I had only one good year as a runner in the pros. The second year I smashed my knee. After that, I could play defense okay, but I was just a straight-ahead runner." G r a n g e , who w i l l be 71 Thursday, will return to 111- nois on Oct. 19 as a special guest for the "Golden Anniversary Game" between Illinois and Michigan State. "They're trying to raise money for a r t i f i c i a l t u r f , practice fields and other improvements." Grange said in a telephone interview from his Florida home. "I helped get the stadium built 50 years ago, I can help again. "I even pledged $100 when they had the big fund drive in m y f r e s h m a n y e a r , a n d - I didn't even know what $100 looked like. It took a couple of years to pay off the pledge, and when I did, I celebrated by buying a raccoon coat." "The first day I went out for freshman football there were more than 70 guys out there, all big and all good," said Grange, who was lured to Illinois by Coach Bob Zuppke, the wily Dutchman, after Grange scored 74 t o u c h d o w n s at Wheaton, 111., High School. "So I didn't even check out for a suit. But back at my fraternity house, Zet Psi, they told me I'd better go back out. I was a freshman, so I did." The first game was played Nov. 3.1923 in Memorial Stadium, before it was completed. Grange scored the only touchdown in a 7-0 victory over thenpowerful University of Chicago. In his first varsity game, Grange had three touchdowns on runs of 35, 65 and 12 yards in a 34-7 victory over Nebras- ka. He scored three more in a 29-27 loss to Northwestern and wound up his sophomore year with 12 touchdowns in six games. Epic Dedication Prior to the epic dedication game at Memorial Stadium Oct. 18. 1924, when Grange was a junior, Zuppke alarmed Michigan Coach Fielding H. Yost and his Wolverines by having his Illini strip off their heavy wool stockings when heat began to build under the bright October sun. F l u s t e r e d by the b a r e legged rivals, Yost protested to officials who could find no objection in the rule book. At Yost's insistance. officials also checked the Illini players' legs for grease but found none. Finally, Michigan kicked off. Captain Herb Steger's boot floated into Grange's hands on the Illini five-yard line. Grange drifted down the middle, darted to the right and then cut to the left side- line'and sped clear on the 95-yard touchdown run. Michigan failed to advance the ensuing kickoff and punted to the Illini 33. Grange got the first call, circling Michigan's left end and then pranced easily behind his interference on a 67-yard touchdown sprint. A few minutes later. Illinois a g a i n had p o s s e s s i o n . A p l u n g e b y E a r l B r i t t o n , Grange's superb blocker, moved the ball to the Illini 44. Again the ball was snapped to Grange, who squirted through Michigan's left side and raced 56 yards for his third touchdown with less than seven minutes played. Another punt exchange put Illinois on Michigan's 44. Once more Grange exploded to his right, cut back and eluded the Wolverine defense on his fourth touchdown run with three minutes left in the first quarter. "I'm so tired, I can hardly stand up," the puffing Grange told Illini quarterback Harry Hall. "Better get me out of here." As Grange trotted to the bench, the crowd thundered an ovation that lasted five minutes. When he returned to the game in the second half, he spurted 13 yards for his fifth touchdown in the third quarter and then tossed a 20-yard scoring pass to Marion Leonard in the final flourish of an immortal performance. If colleges are having trouble finding space for new students next fall, it certainly has not been reflected in the recruiting of this year's scholastic basketball crop. Seven-foot center Brett Vroman from Prove, Utah, was wooed by 200 schools before selecting UCLA. Maurice Robinson from West Virginia was contacted by 253 colleges and his governor, Archie A. Moore Jr. The politicking must have helped because Robinson is staying in West Virginia. John Gunn, who led Memphis Melrose to a 35-0 record, had an estimated 300 offers before choosing Memphis State. And this year's most sought after freshman, Moses Malone of Peterburg, Va., still is weighing more than 300 college offefs as well as one from the Utah Stars of the American Basketball Association. Such popularity although it may have been deserved has not necessarily been welcomed. "I thought it was great to have so many colleges interested in me," Robinson said, "But I soon found I just had no time to myself. It turned into a nightmare." Robinson took to hiding. His coach, Frank Marino, said he began having fights with his wife about which school was right for the 6-foot-7 player. "I was just about to retire," said Marino. "I was offered a lot of things including cars and money to talk him into signing with certain schools." The adulation got too much for Vroman too. "I'm just glad it's over," the 200-pounder said. "It's been kind of rough on my family." Vroman said the big factors in his decision were the UCLA coaching staff, the campus lifestyle and the nearby beaches. He said he almost chose Maryland! but it was too far away from his hometown. Also deciding to stay close to home were Kim Stewart of Seattle, who picked Washington after being sought by 100 schools, and Ken Koenigs of Goddard, Kan., who signed with Kansas after considering 150 offers. Tony Hicks of Huntington, N.Y., a 6-2,170-pound play- maker contacted by 175 colleges, selected Tulane, North Carolina State signed Kenny Carr, a 6-7 forward from DeMatha High School in Rockville, Md., and 7-footer Tom Barker from Southern Idaho Junior College. Notre Dame got Dave Batton of Springfield, Pa., a 6-9, 215 pounder who averaged 25 points and 16 rebounds, and Donald Williams, 6-3. 168 LOWER PRICES MEAN LOWER MONTHLY PAYMENTS NEW 1974 VALIANT DUSTER SALES PEOPLE TO ASSIST YOU PER MONTH Cash Price $2950, Down Payment $195., 42 months, APR. 10.88 Tax and title not included. 42 Months with ApprovedCredit. W. VA.'S NUMBER 1 CHRYSLER-PLYMOUTH DISCOUNT DIALER OPEN: Daily 9-9 Saturday 9-6 fA Di Tft I C I i\ri I VI CHRYSLER ISlMacCorkteAve. South Charleston New Cars Used Cars 744-3401 744-9411 pounds, who scored 1,415 points in three seasons for Mackin of Washington, D.C. Maryland came up with Brad Davis of Monaca, Pa., who a v e r a g e d 27 p o i n t s and 15 rebounds per game. Louisville signed a pair of 610 players, Rick Gallon of T a m p a , Fla. a n d C h a r l i e Mitchell of New Albany, Ind. NEW YORK (AP) - Some of top scholastic basketball players and the colleges signing each to a scholarship: Kentucky Jack Givens, Lexington Bryan Station, Kentucky James Lee, Lexington Henry Clay, Kentucky Bob Lindsay, Louisville Ballard, Florida Ricky Wilson, Louisville Atherton, Louisville Tyrone Dunn, Lexington Tales Creek, Pikesville College Danny Hall, Betsy Layne, Kentucky Gary Gregory, Clay County, W. Kentucky Dicky Keffer, Scottsville, Vande'rbilt Indiana Charley Mitchell, New Albany, Louisville Jimmy Krivics, Southport, Auburn Larry Bird, French Lick Springs Valley, Indiana Neil Semenderfer, Rochester, Vanderbilt Pennsylvania Dave Batton, Springfield, Notre Dame Brad Davis, Monaca, Mary- land Charley Floyd, Malvern Prep, Wake Forest Melvin Bennett, Pittsburgh Peabody, Pittsburgh Maryland Skip Wise, Baltimore Dunbar, Clemson Washington D.C. Ken Carr, DeMatha Catholic. Hyattsville, N.C. State D o n W i l l i a m s , M a c k i n , Notre Dame Keith Herron, Mackin, Auburn Alabama Wayne Bracey. Birmingham Hayes, Auburn North Carolina Phil Ford, Rocky Mount, North Carolina Michigan Cyrus Mann, Detroit Southeastern, Illinois State South Dakota Brian Shanks. Huron South. Dakota State Chad Nelson, Yankton, Minnesota TRAINS "HO" or "N" Gauge--Sets and everything to complete your layout--scenery, buildings, people, extra parts. FOUNTAIN HOBBY CENTER Corner W. Wash. St. Bigley Ave. Phone 344-1441 The William Penn Buc Baseball Holiday This special Buc Baseball Bargain package includes: Overnight accommodations at the William Penn Hotel in the leart of downtown Pittsburgh. [If you haven't seen the new William Penn, recently declared a historic Pittsburgh landmark, it alone is worth the trip.) Round trip transportation between the hotel and Three Rivers Stadium (no traffic worries). 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