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Detroit, Michigan
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Friday, August 19, 1966
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f . V ' "V r' 1' -' V "V Packer Ace Rolling Again DETROIT FREE PRESS Friday, August 19, '66 1-D Warning: Taylor's Healthy " K " BY JIM TAYLOR DEPERE, Wis. Jim Taylor nodded toward a patch of green, away from the red brick dormitory at St. Nor-berts College where the Packers bunk in late summer. "Hi Easy Ed. How's everything?" Taylor called out to a stick-thin old gentleman waving from bench. "All right, Jimmy, yessir. Mighty hot for football, though." "Yeh, saw where it hit 91 today." STROLLING PAST, Taylor (Free Press sports writer Jim Taylor is touring the camps of the National Football League's leading teams. This is the first of his reports from the camp of the world champion Green Bay Packers.) said: "That old man's 91 and he sits out there most days and has a lot of conversation. He knows the players and we all talk to him." This was Taylor at rest. No linebacker had the Green Bay fullback by the throat and he felt better than he has in a year, even with young financiers like Jim Grabowski sharing the same practice field. Grabowski, who wiped out Red Grange's records at Illinois and then baled a stack of bills to sign with the Packers, supposedly was a threat to Taylor's job security. So far, it hasn't happened. Most valuable player in Green Bay's championship game victory over Cleveland when he and Paul Hornung piled up 201 yards, Taylor hammered at the College All Stars as if he might once again be the best fullback in the NFL's Western Division. 'TM IN GOODD shape now. I rebuilt my legs back to normal during the off sea- Packers' hard-hitting Jim Taylor eludes grasp of enemy tackier A Tale of Athletes And Three Young Men PEEKSKILL, N.Y. IT IS A BITTERSWEET ride up the Hudson River valley to the training camp of the New York Jets. Route 9 is a winding, tree shaded road which curves through the picturesque Tarrytowns past the Old Church Yard of Sleepy Hollow and into Ossining. Ossining, N.Y. Whenever I see this name, it always comes as a personal shock. Ossining means only one thing to me, Sing Sing Prison, and Sing Sing means only one thing . . . that frightening night of a lifetime ago when one of the gays in the old neighborhood, John King, was executed the same night they electrocuted Martha Beck the "Lonely Hearts" killer from Michigan. John King was not a close friend, but it was through him I began to play hockey on roller skates, which was the only way you could play it on the streets of New York. He had this grudge going with the guys from Royal Hill. He quit their team and now he wanted to get his own team together and go back and beat their ears off. He was short of players, and asked me if I'd play on bis team, even though I couldn't skate very well. He wanted a crack at them so badly he didn't care if any one else was out there with him. We played, but I don't remember how the game came out. It was the last time I would see John King on roller skates. He really wasn't the sports nut, like the rest of us, and he drifted away from the neighborhood. It Seemed Unreal A FEW YEARS LATER his name was in headlines. He and two other boys from the neighborhood Richard Powers and Raymond Mallard were filching a car outside of a diner on Northern Blvd. when the owner came out after eating and caught them. They shot him down. Powers' parents owned a bicycle shop next to our school, PS 125. Raymond Mallard was in my cousin's class. All three King, Powers and Mallard were teenagers. King and Powers were sentenced to die in the electric chair. Mallard was decreed too young by the courts and was given a life term in Sing Sing. Now, as the road dipped from the shaded lanes and broke out into the open of Ossining, it seemed as unreal as ever that it was here that John King had died. There was a blue-gray haze hanging over the tranquil hills of the Hudson River. Everything seemed so still, so quiet ... so breathtakingly beautiful. I was doing 65 in the Mustang and stole a quick glance into the horizon trying to see the spires of Sing Sing. I couldn't and, relieved, I hit the pedal to 70 and headed for Peekskill. Practice was almost over and the players were starting to straggle up the hill to the dressing room at the Peekskill Military Academy. lie Came From Alabama JOE NAMATH, HIS RIGHT KNEE WRAPPED in one of those brown elastic bandages, was sitting on a marble stoop outside the dressing room. His dog, Faro, Turn to Pate 4D, Column 5 Lindsay Slaps Hall of Fame ' Shuns Hockey Fete ior Ignoring Family r These Boots Were Made For Losing Pagan's 4 Errors Help Mets Beat Bucs NEW .YORK (UPD Four er rors by Jose Pagan, three of them in the fourth inning, led to six unearned runs and en abled the New York Mets to defeat the Pirates, 9-5, trim tning Pittsburgh's first - place lead to a slim one percentage point over idle San Francisco. Pagan's three errors in the fourth tied a National League record by a third baseman and made all three runs in that in ning unearned. Pagan also booted Ron Hunt's leadoff grounder in the first inning, which resulted in three unearned runs. THE PIRATES hit four home runs off Mets' starter Bob Gardner, who gave way to Jack Hamilton in the sixth inning. Hamilton gave up another run and Ralph Terry took over in the seventh and blanked Pittsburgh the rest of the way. Bill Mazeroski hit his 10th and 11th homers for the Pi rates, each with the bases empty, Jerry May hit his first homer in the third and Donn Clendenon walloped his 20th in the sixth. After Pagan kicked Hunt's leadoff grounder, Cleon Jones singled and Jim Hickman and Ron S w o b o d a doubled off Woody Fryman for three Met runs. Fryman walked Swoboda to open the fourth and retired the next two batters, but Pagan booted Gardner's grounder for an error. Hunt followed with a two-run triple to left center. Don Cardwell replaced Fryman and got Eddie Bressoud to hit to Pagan, who threw it . past first base for his second error of the inning, Hunt scoring on the play. Pagan later committed an error on Jones' grounder before the inning ended. PITTSBURGH NEW YORK ab r h bi - ab r h bl Alley ss 4 0 3 1 Hunt 2b 5 2 2 2 Mota cf 4 0 0 0 Bressoud SS 5 0 12 Clemente rl 4 000 Clones cf 3 111 Clndenon lb 4 12 1 Terry o 2 0 0 0 Paaan 3b 4 0 0 0 Bover 3b 3 0 10 Mazroski 2b 4 2 2 2 Hickman rf 4 111 Bailev If 4 110 Swoboda If 2 2 11 2 111 broie c 2 0 u o 1 0 0 0 Kranoool lb 4 111 0 0 0 0 Gardner p 2 10 0 0 0 0 0 Hamilton o 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 Luolow cf 1110 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 10 BY JACK BERRT Strong-willed Ted Lindsay wont attend his own induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame next week in Toronto because his family isn't invited, the Free Press learned Thursday. ' "If my family can't share in this, I won't go," Lindsay said. "I'm not trying to be obstinate but my wife and children sacrificed a lot during my career and they deserve this honor ai much as I do." THE LUNCHEON, honoring the new members of the Hall of Fame, is given by the Canadian National Exhibition in conjunction with the annual show, a supersize state fair. The Hockey Hall of Fame building is on the CNE grounds. But the luncheon Is a stag affair for some now forgotten reason. "I would imagine all the members' families would like to go. I think this is something the wives and children might enjoy. After all, this happens to only a few people in a lifetime. "THERE'S NO greater honor in life than to be recognized in your own sport and to be recognized while you're still alive and enjoy it. I'd love to go to be the representative of the team I've been so close to and that has meant so much to me. I feel bad about it. "But I have my principles," Lindsay said. Ted Lindsay prefers home and Mrs. Lindsay. There's never been a doubt of that. The highest scoring left wing in the history of the NHL, Lindsay retired after 16 tempestuous seasons, 13 of them with Detroit, in 1960. He was small but he was tough, aggressive and in the middle of everything. Then, with the club weak at left wing and needing a spark, manager-coach Sid Abel talked Lindsay out of retirement it wasn't too hard, on the eve of the 1964-65 season. Despite his age, 39 then, and the fact that he'd been out of the game for four years, Lindsay made one of the great est comebacks in the history of sport and helped lead the Red Wings to their first NHL championship in eight years, as much with his spirit as with his scoring. THE HALL of Fame selection committee acted with dispatch following Lindsay's second retirement and named him to the Hall in June along with Ken Reardon, Butch Bouchard, Toe Blake, Elmer Lach, Ted Kennedy, Babe Pratt, Frank Brimsek, Max Bentley and NHL president Clarence S. Campbell. Lindsay looked forward to take his wife, Pat, son Blake, 12, and daughters Lynn, 11, and Meredith, 6, to the Hall of Fame induction. But when the Invitation came, it noted it was a stag affair. Lindsay wrote Hall of Fame curator Bobby Hewit-son, told him he was greatly honored by his selection but sent his regrets for the induction because of the family ban. "In some ways hockey still is in the Dark Ages they don't realize women are in the family. Maybe by my doing this, the policy will be changed for the future. I hope so," Lindsay said. And what will Lindsay be doing when they're having the ceremonies in Toronto ? Teaching kids how to play hockey. Lindsay and Marty Pavelich are running a hockey school in Port Huron and Aug. 27, the day of the induction, is the final day of the school. son. I played last year with a bad Achilles tendon, and then later had a groin injury. But you just tape it up and go on with it," Taylor said. Does he feel heat from below, from Grabowski, from Donny Anderson, who also is being brought along as a running back? "I don't think about being pushed. I want to keep myself in good condition and be the football player I can be." There have been times when Taylor seemed to resent the liberties opposing tacklers take when he carries the ball, but they, in turn, see the Packer fullback as a runner who batters and squirms after the whistle. "I'm gonna make sure he's down good," one of the league's defensive linemen once said. Taylor has his own Ideas. "IT'S JUST my nature my type of running, the second effort I have. I feel like I hear the whistle. The grumbling and griping comes when I've heard the whistle and players pile on. "I've got one arm on the football you got to secure the ball and I can't beat anyone to death with one arm on the ball. "You can't possibly away and then some get Kuy comes along and puts his forearm or his foot into you. "If I break out and someone puts a beautiful hard tackle on me you'll never see me complain. But if I'm rolling and rolling and they come in and pile, that's deliberate punishment. "If I didn't have that competitive drive, get so keyed up to get all the yards you can, I suppose if some guy popped me, I'd just get up and walk away and let them beat heck out of me." TAYLOR IS considered one of, it not the hardest hitter in football. , He explains: "When I cut, I generally still have my legs under me when I get hit and a lot of my power is still with me. I drop my shoulder and I'm low. They don't have too much to tackle. . . . not as much if I were on. a different plane, like straighler up." Taylor often seems to go underground to undermine t he Turn to Page 5D, Column 1 J May c Lynch oh Mikkelsn P ODell p MAlou ph Fryman p Cardwell o Michael ph McBean p Gonder c Total 34 5 10 5 Total Pittsburgh ....... t 1 1 1 5 New York 310 J 3x E Pagan (4). OP Pittsburoh 2, New York 1. LOB Pittsburoh 7. New York i 2B Hickman. Swoboda, Alley (2). Bressoud. 3B Hunt. HR J.May (1). Mazeroski 2 (11). Clendenon IP H R ER BB SO Frvman tL.V-B) ... 31-3 4 6 0 3 4 Cardwell 1-3 0 0 0 0 0 McBean 1 1 0 0 0 1 Mikkelsen 2 1-3 3 3 3 2 0 O'De 2-3 1 0 0 0 1 Gardner (W, 4-7) 5 1-3 5 5 2 3 Ham ton 2-3 10 0 1 1 iTerrv 3 I T-2w;56. A 26,829. Adray Still Alive in Tourney Special to the Free Press JOHNSTOWN, Pa. Detroit's Adray Appliance was shocked back to reality Thursday morning in the Ail-American Amateur Baseball Association tournament and then rebounded with an afternoon 8-0 victory over Philadelphia to stay alive in the double knockout event. Washington, always a strong contender, handed Adray a 2-0 setback in the morning game on the strength of Dick Eisenach-er's two-run sixth-inning home run. BEDFORD Township, the out-state Free Press League champion, wasn't as fortunate as Adray. Redford didn't have an open-Turn to Page SD, Coluras - There's a Catch To Freehan's Grand Slam Tiger catcher Bill Freehan will be more careful the next time he practices his golf swing. Before going into Dr. Russell Wright's office Thursday for an examination, Freehan opened the trunk of his car and took a club from his bag, giving it a few swishes. After putting the club back in the bag. he slammed his 1 0 0 J34trunk . . . on top of his car keys! 33 a Girls Go to Bat for Bat Boy BY GEORGE CANTOR Norman Cash advanced menacingly upon the plate, whirling two bats above his head as though he were gathering power for a vertical takeoff. He tossed away the leaded bat and proceeded to the batter's box for the business at hand. The batboy picked up the discarded bat and darted swiftly into the dugout as 20,000 throats screamed for a homer. " QUT IN Section 8, deep in the reserved seats, Diane Tay lor and Carol Dixon cheered too. They yelled: "Yaaaaay Mark." Yaaaay who? Mark Hobson, that's who. WORLD'S GREATEST bat-boy, say the members of the official Tiger-approved Mark Hobson Fan Club. y Certainly, the only bat. boy with a fan club all his own. "We only started it a few weeks ago, but we've already got about 50 members," said co-president Diane. "All the Tigers joined up and so did a lot of other fan club presidents." Diane, who lives at 25206 Champaign, Taylor, also heads fan clubs for Don Wert and Jerry Lumpe. Carol, of 2645 Norman, leads the cheers for Orlando Pena. "WE TALKED about it as a joke at first," said Carol. "We've known Mark for years and years. "We've been meeting each other at the ball games since we wehe 9 or 10 years old and we come to. all the home games. So when Mark be came bat boy we decided that it wasuU fair be should be the only member of the Tigers without a fan club." The girls printed up some very official looking blue cards which were dutifully signed by Mark himself. SO FAR, fan club activity has been restricted to concerted applause for a neat pickup of a thrown bat or sustained cheers for an especially nifty dash to first with a warmup jacket. 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