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DETROIT FREE PRESS Wednesday. Oct. 27, '71 1-D M(ST OVERRIDE HUGHES' DEATH Lions Wi ack ciimid ounce The Lions will honor- Hughes' memory by wearing black armbands of mourning the rest of the season and Chuck's jersey number 85 will be retired. His uniforms will be presented to Hughes' widow, Sharon, and their 23-month-old son, Brandon Shane. Tributes to the education fund for Hughes' young son continued to come In Tuesday.

"Willie Lanier of the Kansas City Chiefs called and they're taking up a collection," Schmidt said. Other NFL teams have been heard from, too. FOR THE FIRST time since Sunday's grim events, Schmidt was able to devote a few-thoughts to football and the 28-23 loss to the Chicago Bears. He defended the Lion offense, which netted only 261 yards. "We weren't flat," he said.

"In fact, we Please turn tn Page 3D, BY JACK SAYLOR Free Press Sports Writer Joe Schmidt will take his team on a sad mission to San Antonio Wednesday to bury their friends and teammate, then return to grapple with the inevitable question: What will be the effect of Chuck Hughes' tragic death on the Lions? "The kids are strong enough to come back from this shock," said the Lion coach, weary and emotionally-spent from the ordeal. "I think we'll be able to rally over it. "Tjf? frirs if si mug enough to come hack from this shock. think well he able to rally over it" Lions9 Coach Joe Schmidt. More pictures Back Page "This takes something away fm our club.

It's something we can't and won't forget. It has an effect on every member of the team and everyone in the organization. "But I think we'll recover from it we have to be big enough people to override it," Schmidt added. "They realize we have a job to do to play another game." rr numies Iter Brother Lashes at Lion Critics Free Press MVP: Our Hal Schram mumper tv ix Steaks Jf 1 tP" ml '0mI XptW A i iidmnMalifW 1 irinirniiniiii. wi immrwn rmimnu Tl m.

VUm "imeiwtM 1 8 BY JACK SAYLOR Free Press Sports Writer Tom Hughes lashed out Tuesday at critics who inferred that inadequate facilities at Tiger Stadium might have contributed to the death of his brother, Lion flanker Chuck Hughes. Hughes was here from Abilenp, to attend mass for his 28-year-old brother, who collapsed and died in Sunday's Lion-Bears game. More than people, including Chuck's teammates, attended the mass at St. Aloysius Catholic Church. "Several articles have been written that more could have been done," said the 41-year-old Tom Hughes, oldest of Chuck's 12 surviving brothers and sisters.

"We talked to the Lion club officials, the owner, Joe Schmidt, the doctors both of them and they agree they weren't set up with the conveniences of a hospital. "But how can you predict a heart attack in an athlete? I think this is very unfair," he said. "THE ARTICLE in the Detroit News disturbed me. To say they didn't do enough well, it's like expecting an appendectomy on the field or someone needing an eye operation and having the equipment there. "I feel in my own heart that the team physicians (Dr.

Richard Thompson and Dr. Edwin Guise) did everything humanly possible to save Chuck and I'm grateful for that," Hughes said. "I don't think the criticism is fair." Hughes, a spnrlscaster and part-time farmer, raised Chuck from the age of 15 after the death of their parentsthe father Please turn tn Page 3D, Column 1 Free Press Photo by ED HAUN Close both of your eyes. Close them tightly and hold them that way for a few moments. Then open the right one as little'as possible, letting in as little light as possible.

Go ahead, try it and then come back to the column. That's the way the world used to look to Hal Schram. I'm just glad they don't have an MVP award (Most Valuable Person) in our sports department because I know who'd win it every year. The Michigan High School Coaches Association is going to do a nice thing for Mr. Schram out at the Polish Century Club on Seven Mile and Outer Drive Wednesday night.

They're going to have a dinner for him I suppose you'd call it a testimonial dinner and it's just their way to say thanks for what he has done for schoolboy sports in the past 25 years or so. Tickets are available at the door, with a 6:30 p.m. cocktail hour and a 7:30 p.m. dinner, all for $10. I'm not sure if you know what we do around here just how we put out this sports section every day.

I'm sure you're aware of the way we cover the Tigers and Lions and Red Wings and Pistons, and the coverage we give to the two big schools at Ann Arbor and East Lansing. And some of us, as you may have noticed, lead a pretty nice life. Spring training. Augusta in April. The Derby, the 500, the U.S.

Open. The Lions in the fall, those golden afternoons with U-M and MSU a fight in Madison Square Garden, the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Pistons down at Cobn, perhaps a trip to the Rose Bowl. Doiyou know, something? If all of us suddenly passed from the scdne, they could get a dozen guys to cover these events to talk toArnie in Augusta, to cover the World Series, to write about Gordie and Alex and Al. He's Just Irreplaceable But if the Swami goes, well, who knows where Armada High School is? What's Beal City's record? Does Handy play Central this week or next week? Who's got the Muskegon score from last Friday night? Hal Schram is also the M.I. P.

of our sports department: The Most Irreplaceable Person. You ought to come around on Friday nights. Between 10 and 11 o'clock. Our office looks like the Keystone Kops in the midst of a Chinese fire drill. Phones are ringing.

Guys are running around in circles. Everybody's on the phone, everybody's typing, everyone's reading copy. Friday night, is high school night and we have one hour 60 minutes to get it all done. Dozens of games. Hundreds of A downcast Bob Wallace of the Chicago Bears (left) arrives at Tuesday's services for his former college teammate and friend, Chuck Hughes, whom he watched collapse on the field at Tiger Stadium Sunday.

Beside him are Lions' coach Joe Schmidt and his wife, talking with team owner William Clay Ford at St. Aloysius. Seconds Left-Pistons DETROIT 2 Dschnqer 6 3-5 15 2 Hewitt 2 1-2 5 10 Komives 4 2-4 10 30 Lanier 16 6-12 38 12 Marlatt 2 0-0 4 Mueller 0 2-2 2 15 Norwood 1 2-3 4 10 Rowe 3 1-4 7 4 Walker 7 4-4 It HOUSTON Cnninejhm 1 0-0 Eqan 1 0-0 Gibbs 4 2-2 Hayes 13 4-6 Untz 5 2-2 Murphy 8 3-4 Nowlin 7 1-1 Perry 0-0 Tmqnvch 2 0-0 Lose on Goaltendi Totals 41 21-36 103 3 31 17104 20 3 0 28-103, Totals 46 12-15 104 Houston 20 DETROIT 25 43,6118. ng Now through Saturday you can order one custom shirt at Hudson's at no extra cost Usually, the minimum order for custom shirts is in, quantities of four. But now you can der just one at no extra cost in Hudson's Custom Shop Downtown Detroit, 2nd floor.

This offer is for four days only, this Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Come in and see why a custom shirt made especially for you offers such a fine fit. Hal Schram Joes what he does because he thinks it is right. BY CURT SYLVESTER Free Press Sports Writer It was hard to say which got the bigger test Tuesday night. Bill van Breda Kolff's Pistons or his patience.

To VBK's credit, he survived his seventh gamp in a row in the new NBA season without getting a technical foul. But his Pistons didn't fare as well against the Houston Rockets, dropping a 104-103 decision with four seconds to play when center Bob Lanier was charged with goaltending. T'm loss, before a sparse crowd of 3,688 fans at Cobo Arena Tuesday night, was the second in as many home games for the Pistons and dropped them to a 4-3 record for the season. But the defeat was one the Pistons and VBK obviously felt they shouldn't have had. DETROIT WAS leading, 103-102, when rookie Mike Newlin took a shot from the corner with something like eight seconds in the game.

To most courtside observers, it appeared that Elvin Hayes, the Roockets' tenter, tipped the shot as it neared the rim of the basket. The ball was batted around for a couple seconds and Lanier finally got a. hand on it. Referee Kenny Hudson ruled Lanier had 'knocked the hall off the rim goaltending. But Hudson's explanation was that his call was on Newlin's shot and that anything else was inconsequential.

Please turn to Page 3D, Column 4 Wings Bow To Hawks, 5-2 BY HOWARD ERICKSON Free Press Sports Writer Although the Red Wings have yet to post a victory on the road, coach Doug Barkley may be happy he's taking his club on a two-game road trip. The Wings were given a 5-2 dumping by the Chicago Black Hawks at Olympia Tuesday night and Detroit fans were in mid-season form, booing and heckling 4 l- II I voiiar sized to 'a ll i Choice of collar and ft pocket style; or A desinn vour nwn shirl proportioned fron and back. Exact chest size games. It seems like thousands of games all pouring in at the same time. And in the middle of this storm, leaning over his typewriter, leaning close to a piece of copy because he still can't see too well, is the unshakeable, unflappable, unsinkable Swami keeping everything in order, keeping the copy moving, keeping everyone on his toes.

As you may have galhered over the years, I happen to be a Hal Schram fan. It's not because we work together. I admired him long before I came to the Free Press. I happen to think he is the most honest newspaperman I have ever known. Right now they hate him in Dearborn.

They want to string him up. They think he should have Fordson on top of the Class A ratings. But this is not new. They've been after our man for years in every section of the state from Dearborn to Diamondale. Oh, yes, Diamondale.

Who can forget the year the Almighty Swami wrote that he "wouldn't give a dime for Diamondale's chances" in the state tournament, and how the people from that school, students, parents, friends and teachers, showered him with dimes after their team won their game in Jenison Field-house. I've sat with him in the press box when the friendly folks from Ferndale shook their fists at him and when the people from Flint would cry out: "We want Schram! We want What (hey were doing was paying him a great tribute, great respect, because this is a man the only one I know of now Please turn to Page 8D, Column 1 Quarterback Too Old, Kettering to Forfeit BY HAL SCHRAM Fret Press Sports Writer There will be no football championship for Kettering High this season. The Public School League athletic office Tuesday announced that the Pioneers would be forced to forfeit five games in which they used quarterback Walter Hodges. Hodges was declared ineligible because he was over-age for high school athletics. A check of birth certificates proved that Hodges was 19 on July 26.

A Michigan high school rule forbids a player from taking part in schoolboy sports if he is 19 before Sept. 1. Kettering had to forfeit conference games to Denby, Pershing and Finney. The revised standings in the Northwest Division ot the league now find Finney and Denby tied for first place with 3-0 records. The championship probably will he decided Saturday when Denby meets Finney at II a.m.

on the Finnev field. Sleeve lenqths sized within cuffs fitted perfectly. the players. And when the final minute of play was announced over the public address system, most of the 11,789 audience applauded the announcement. But what could Barkley and the Wings expect? They had just lost their second game over a period of just three days and now have a 2-6 record.

And things are going to get worse for Detroit before they get better. The Wings left immediately after the Chicago game and headed for New York, where they meet the Rangers at 6:30 p.m. (Detroit time) Wednesday. Then it's to Montreal Saturday night to play the Cana-diens. NEW YORK and Montreal appear to be the best in the Please turn to Page 3D, Col.

6 Desired tail length. i It's Official! Cy lo Blue, Lolich No. 2 Free Press Wire Services NEW YORK It's official: This year's American League Cy Young award goes to Vida Blue and Mickey Lolich is No. 2. The results of the balloting by the 24-man committee of the Baseball Writers Association of America, reported by the.

Free Press in last Saturday's editions, were confirmed Wednesday. "I REALLY thought Lolich would win it, but I'm glad I did," Blue said in Oakland. "This is great! I'm thrilled," he said, glancing again at the headlines about him. Blue's brilliant first half-season, when he won 17 games and lost only three, was apparently the decisive factor in the voting, since Lolich, in his best season with the Tigers, w'on more games and had more strikeouts. Blue, only 22 ypars old And In his first full season in the Tlease turn to Page 3P, Col.

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