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Indiana Evening Gazette (Newspaper) - May 1, 1961, Indiana, Pennsylvania May LJ Indianas John Brallier First Pro Grid PI NFL Hall Of Fame Belongs In Latrobe By STEVE BUTCHOCK Gazette Sports Editor i The awarding of the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame to Canton certainly was a severe blow to those in Latrobe who were campaigning to get it for the birthplace of professional football Latrobe was done an injustice but many injustices have resulted in similar cases The town had hoped to build the Hall of Fame Rec reation Center on a 60acre community park developed by the Latrobe Foundation since the NFL owners ori ginally agreed in 1946 that Latrobe was the birthplace and the most logical site for the construction of the foot ball shrine How long Latrobe was earnestly pursuing the ap proval of the league to construct the historical museum is unknown The owners their views back in when they officially recognized the game be tween Latrobe and Jean nette on Sept 3 1895 as the first pro game Dr John K Brallier of Indi ana as the first pro grid der Latrobe as the official birthplace of professional football in America and that a committee consist ing of three members to be appointed cooperate with and assist the Pro fessional Football Mem orial Committee of La trobf in the selection and erection of a suitable memorial to beginning of professional football Latrobe had all the credentials but still managed to let the Hall of Fame slip away to Canton The two main reasons it slipped away appear to be mpney and fac tions It is reported that a large industrial giant in Can ton offered the city dollars for the construction of the museum Canton spurred by the offer decided make a concerted bid to the league for its approval And when they could show a secondary resemblance to the prosperity of professional football the money and the interest they had one foot in the door Canton also conferred with officials of Western Di vision clubs and gained their support Latrobe meanwhile was put in a defensive position something brought about by lukewarm interest over the past 15 years Its Latrobe Loses Hall of Fame To Canton Ohio Stevt Butchock By STEVE BUTCHOCK Gazette Sports Editor The greatest theft since Sew ard lured resourcesrich Alaska away from the Soviet Union for a paltry sum of money in 1867 look place in San Francisco last Thursday National Football League Com missioner Pete Rozelle and a bunch of Western Division club owners voted to erect the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame in Canton signifying it as the birthplace of professional football i the most logical site the place where the league was born 41 years ago an automobile showroom Art Rooney of the Steelers Gov David L i Lawrence Laurel Highlands Pres j ident C K Mcfoonald golfer Ar jnie Palmer the Latrobe Founda I tion Planning Committee and an i avalanche of telegrams were fruit less in a midnight bid to secure the historic museum for its rightj ful birthplace Latrobu Pa Rooney carried The Latrobe to the owners at the leagues spring meeting but was stopped on the goal line by the Western defense Rooney couldnt quite put it across The holiie of professional foot ball is Latrobe where the first game was played Sept 3 1803 In that game a 16yearold schoolboy from Indiana John K Brallier paced Latrobe to a 60 victory over Jeannette The game evolved out of circum stances leading to the game be tween the Latrobe YMCA Brallier felt that he and making contacts to Import seaj ry Ryan captain from West Vir Today pro football Is a big busi was made by George Jeannette The major problem i get and soned players Soon Latrobes opj and Jack Gass of Lehigh ness and local residents can proudthe Washlnsion confronting the Latrobers was the chances of entering ix Other nlavprs nn thf ipnm KO i absence of a quarterback Several days before the game was sched uled to be played the regular field general had been injured in a practice session The late Dave Berry editor and i publisher of the Latrobe Clip I and manager of the team learned of the gridiron feats of Brallier who had been doing a great job quarterbacking the Indi ana High School team on Satur day and Indiana Normal College now Indiana State College ele ven during the remainder of the week FIRST ALLPRO TEAM Heres the first AllPro football team the Latrobe YMCA as they looked in 1897 Front row left to right Charles McDyre of Latrobe Join Brallier of Indiana Normal and W and Walt Howard of Cornell Middle row left to right Charles Shoemaker of Latrobe Walter Qkeson of Lehigh Harry Cap Ryan of Latrobe and West Virginia George Flickinger of Bradenville W Adams of Latrobe and Marcus Saxman of Swarthmore Back bow left to right Jack Gass of Lehigh victory over Jeannette Bill Hammer of Indiana Normal and W Ed Wood of Indiana Normal and W Virginia Sam Johnson Iowa Dave Campbell of Oakmont John Jonjon of Iowa Fd first professional football Abbattichio of St Marys D Berry manager Alex Lairs of Labtobe and F Noel of Latrobe The first professional football game was played in Latrobe on Sept nut il T where Latrobe YMCA defeated Jeannette 60 Berry had to have a The game was near and Indiana 1 wfL 8 Ponents began to do likewise and on the team were k b k h f f by Tim Mara of the New ton Jefferson College jEd Abbattichio St Marys Walter y St p t00t Giants and approved by all The persuasive Berry fought pro footba11 was on lls way to the Howard Cornell John and Sanvba11 team whldl had three ent Dan Reeves of the I o back with money He upped the million dollar transcontinental brothers from Iowa Dcafrom Indiana John Brallier Ed Angeles Rams Art Ruony of offer to quite a bundle in jdustry that it is today con Blair Penn Dave Campbell Wood and Bill Hammer Pittsburgh Steelers Cuvljy those days Brallier still in knee In 1897 Brallier switched from Oakmont George Flickinger j The Latrobe team possessed beau of the Gren By ors pants reluctantly refused And W J to West Virginia UniverBucknell Alex Laird Latrobe great size and Dave Campbell reGeorge Halas of tlie C i i c a c o when Berry threw In some exsity John packed his bags in the Charles McDyre Latrobe Charles portedly measured 7 feet 7 inches Bears Alex Thompson of thu F pense money besides the middle of the season however and shoemaker Latrobe Marcus SaxThe Johnson brothers also adelphia Esgles and the late Nil bill Brallier agreed to play returned to Latrobe bringing with j man Swarthmore and Shelafo a stretched high into the sky Bral Commissioner Bart figuring he couldnt bypass that him several of the players from fullblooded Carlisle Indian BerHer stating that he could stand un1 These football ruinates vu d kind of money The youthful In diana star agreed to terms and signed the first professional foot ball contract which made him the first paldtoplay grldder the Mountaineer school to play for for the remainder of the sea son Where else they surmised stating rys recruiting system was workder borh of their horizontallyfor Latrobe in 1910 In 19J1 C on ing beautifully and pro football bestretcheJ arms gan flourishing could they earn such big money I In fact Latrobes opponents be Despite all the qualifications for the Hall of Fame Including The first AllPro team was asigan to build powerhouses and aftar a resolution adopted unanimously known gets the Hall of Fame Even De troit and Los Angles were in running Why The answer is un Thus pro football was The i sembled in the same year and jthe 1906 season the game became at a meeting of the National Arthur Daley writing in the sport caught on And Brallier liked the idea of playing for pay He collegiate AlIAmerlcans began too much for Latrobe Football League held in New New York stated leaning toward the pro ranks with sparkle in their eyes The list of returnees playing for La wasnt too far from Latrobe So participated in two more games the enterprising newspaper editor that season for the Latrobe came to Indiana to find Brallierdrawing the same fat paycheck ofi trobe included Ed solve his quarterback per game Brallier then enter ed Washington Jefferson Col This was Berrys Initial talent lege Berrys first widespread pro was a smashing success and he immediately met with to play for pay bej about die Wood of Indiana Walter Okeson Lafayette AllAmerica coach and player D o g g 1 e AllAmeri Masillon Youngstown Steelton York City Jan 12 1946 which historical site of the first pt and Western University now stated now therefore be It re game Latrobe deserves the H ul began going big solved that the National Foot of Fame Anything else would ba get one of the most coveted sports The Baseball Hall of Fame is located at Coopers town N butwhether it belongs there is doubtful Abner Doubleday outlined the first baseball diamond there in 1839 but historians trace baseballs beginning to June 18 1846 when the Knickerbockers played the New York Club at the Elysian Fields in Hoboken Yet Coop erstown was awarded the Baseball Hall of Fame The first collegiate football game was played be and Rutgers at New Brunswick N in 1869 Thats where the collegiate football Hall of Fame will be built Thats where it belongs The National Football Leagues Hall of Fame will be erected It belongs in Latrobe The Western Division owners such as George Halas of the Chicago Bears and Paul Brown of the Cleveland Browns and NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle were the ones who advocated it to Canton The owners had the solid backing of Rozelle and swung the deal If the late Commissioner of the Bell the predecessor toRozelle who is from the West alive the Hall of Fame probably would have gone to La trobe Bert Bell had his league office in Philadelphia and Rozelle s office is in San Francisco Rozelle must not have recognized the historical significance of the first pro game His decision speaks for itself Bell undoubtedly would have voted for Latrobe and justifiably so v a Western Pennsylvania La trobe and Indiana which had the first professional foot ball player and three players on the first pro football team The only consolation left is the new professional business more so than the defunct All Major Leagues Ironically pro football Interest ball League officially recognizes a rank began to dwindle after and it Latrobe Pennsylvania as the j If the National Football League birthplace of professional foot has an Appeal Committee ball in Latrobe was consider such matters then tlia unable to land the cherished Latrobe Foundation Planning Com museum mittee better exploit it immedU The motion to recognize Latrobe ately wasnt until the National Football League The American Profes sional Football Association was formed in Canton that it started on the up trend again National San Francisco Pittsburgh Los Angeles Milwaukee Chicago St Louis Philadelphia 1 2 2 3 Sunday Results Los Angeles 25 Chicago 110 Pittsburgh 62 Cincinnati 34 San Francisco 14 Milwaukee 4 Philadelphia 11 St Louis 7 ten innings Saturday Results Pittsburgh 6 Cincinnati 3 N Philadelphia 3 St Louis 2 N San Francisco 7 Milwaukee 3 Los Angeles 9 Chicago 4 5 Monday Games Philadelphia at Cincinnati N Only game scheduled Tuesday Games Philadelphia at Cincinnati W Los Angeles at Milwaukee N San Francisco at Chicago Pittsburgh at St Louis N American League Giants Power Sinks ys Clouts 4 Homers By IOE REICHLER Associated Press Sports Writer Willie Mays clouted four home runs a feat accomplished by only others in a single gams to the San Franciyo Gants to Milwaukee i ii our seasons of waring with the finanS Boston CU1 tlUi rhed LAue Siand T i56 Latrobe can Set approval of the American i Baltimore football League owners and Commissioner Joe Foss to preserve the leagues remembrances on the site of the Washington birthplace of professional Pa t ta id re City ton jeles The Giants either sit or thd other records by smashing eXit home runs as they regained fin place in the National League p 11 nant race Milwaukees Hjnry Aaron hit two humors to ervvMe the two teams to estabijli a league mark of 10 horn Sun Francisco added another siugn day total of 13 homers Tc Giants hit five in Saturdays 73 victory over tlie Braves Pittsburgh held to a split by Cincinnati dropped into second place The Pirates lust the sec ond game 42 after winning the opener 63 Los Anjjeles nipped Chicago 21 on Tommy Davis two run homer in the ninth inning but ihe Cubs came back with a seven run suLOiid inning to win the 105 Philadelphia spot St Louis a fi2 lead then with seven runs in ehih and four in the 10th to 117 tho American League Chi j defeated Minnesota 53 in 11 s Nw York nipped Wash 43 in their first game the taking the second 21 IXiroit walloped Baltimore 82 0ioles came back to svin L second game 42 Kansas City I Los Angeles swapped vic the As winning the second 32 after Los Angeles had the opauer 64 Boston and Cleveland also split a pair the Red Sox winning the opener 42 and the Indians taking the sec ond 101 Mays put on a tremendous show for the Milwaukee specta tors Probably the most interested was Joe Adcock the slugging first baseman Big joe was the last National Leaguer to hammer four out of the park in one day He did it July 31 1954 in Ebbets Field Brooklyn Willie who had hit only two homers prior to Sundays fire works greeted Milwaukee starter Lew Surdette with a fourbagger in the first inning There was no one on base Mays tagged Bur dette again in the third with one mate aboard Southpaw Srnh Morehead was pitching in the sixth when Mays pounded his third homer with two on Willie got his fourth homer in the eighth off righthander Don McMahon Mays Ninth Player To Hit Four HRs In One Game Mi Lebanon Relays Titlist PITTSBURGH AP Mount Falls 8 8 CanonMc ebanon High Schools track andlMillan 7 Uniontown 7 Johnstown C2 team holds the WPIAL Rej6 North Allegheny 6 Butler 6 i Carnival championship forNew Castle 5 Moon 5 Washington the eighth year in a row U Bethel 4 McKeesport 4 Home N Sunday Results New York 41 Washington 2 210 Baltimore 24 Detroit 82 City 43 Los Angilrts 5 Minnesota 3 11 in MILWAUKEE AP Willie Mays the San Francisco Giants reat cenierfielder found the sure way to break out ol a minor slump Tin cure the most explo sive hitting performance of his nineyear care jr The former say hey kid now a poised veteran nearly 2U be fhe Blwe Devils won the meet Willy Saturday in competition 40 other schools in rain hill and snow at Mount Lebanon i i stead 4 North Hills 4 Hopeweli 3 Quaker Valley 2 Connellsville 2 and Brentwood 1 Brownsville set a new record ofi t In the shuttle high hurdles previous mark was Sports on Air RAi10 IOMOURUW KDKA Lebanon 44 Clairton 21 Ue 14 Altoona 13 Penn Baldwin 10 Wilkiusbur TOMOKKUU 9 Chan 2 b Pua St tows Saturday Results York 4 Cleveland 2 Baltimore 5 Washington 0 Detroit 9 Boston 5 Los Angeles 4 Minnesota 1 Kansas City 13 Chicago 9 Monday Games New York at Washington Chicago at Minnesota Only games scheduled Tuesday Games Detroit at Washington N Chicago at Cleveland Ni New York at Minnesota Boitoa at City Baltimore at Los Angeles ers in a game as the Giants bur ied the Milwaukee Braves 144 with a spectacular display of Hitless in seven times at bat in i two previous games against the Braves I lays admitUd he was I concerned about j slump and I was guuiy The last couple of days 1 did not hit a ball good at Mays And now this Its the greatest day of my baseball ca a fela homers m one game il should be his greatest Mays leu a San Francisco as sault against seven Milwaukee pitchers The Giants belted eight homers which added to their five in a 73 victory Saiurday equalled major league records for one game and two consecutive games Rookie shortstop Jose Pagan with only one hit ii 18 times at bat hit a pair of homars plus a couple of singles Orlando Ce peda and Felipe Alou each con tributed solo shots But it was strictly Mays day Mays cracked a 420foot homer into the centerfleld bleachers in the fiiKt inning off Milwaukee stariti Lew Burdette He hit No 2 400 feet to left center off an other Burdette delivery in the third In the film Willie liud sharp ly to center against Moe Dra He on a 11 pitch b Setli MoiuaeaU in the next in ning Homer No 3 was a tape measure job travelling 450 feet just to the left of the bleachers in left In the eighth Mays hit his fourth circuit blast 430 feet to left center oft Don McMahon The crowd rooting for Willie booed as Jim Davenport ground ed out with Mays on deck in the ninth Its probably just as well 1 j didnt get another chance up Mays said I probably wouldnt have done anything as T would have been 1 Willie said he was just up there didnt know about any record until he heard it on ihe public address and wasnt trying for homers aft er his second one Mays drove in eight runs four shy of the National cind maior league recoido held by Jim toinley him a total of eight runs batted in for the day four behind the record of 12 set by Sunny Jim Bottomley of the 1924 Cardinals Billy Loes was the winner He went all the way giving up eight hits for his second victory Aaron drove in all four Milwaukee runs Pittsburgh dropped Cincinnati into last place handing the Reds their eighth straight defeat in the opener The Reds retaliated by knocking the Pirates out of first place with their second game tri umph Bob Friend won his fourth in a row in the opener but the Pirates had to call on Elroy Face in the ninth to retire the last three batters Four hits capped by Billy Virdons triple produced three Pirate runs in the fifth and sent Cincinnati righthander Jay Hook to the showers with bis sec ond defeat Bob Purkey hurled a sixhitter for his third Redleg victory in the nightcap Shortstop Leo Car denas drove in a pair of runs with a double and two singles off loser Joe Gibbon The Cubs shook off a tough 21 opening game loss to the on Tommy Davis tworun homer in the ninth scoring seven runs in the second inning of the night cup for a split in their double header Chicago reached Dodger starter Roger Craig for five hits in that riotous inning Billy Wil liams Al Heist Dick Bertell and winning pitcher Bob Anderson singled and Don Dimmer chased Craig with a double The Phillies spotted the Car dinals a 60 lead but rallied for in the eighth and four in lUih iv win their second straight trom St Louis Johnny Callison Tony Taylor and Pan cho Herrera who rapped seven hits and drove in eight runs them knocked in the 10th jiimiug tallies Pirate Box Second Game PITTSBURGH Virdon cf Groat ss Skinner If Stuart Ib Clemente rf Hoak 3b j Burgess c Mazeroski 2b Gibbon p iANelson BMejias Shantz p Totals CINCINNATI Cardenas ss Blasingame lib Freese 3b Post rf Pinson cf Robinson cflf Bell Ifrf Zimmerman c Purkey p Totals for for Nelson in 8th Pittsburgh 1Q00000102 Cincinnati QOI 02Q I0xr4 Burgess burgh 249 Cincinnati 2716 Cardenas Blasingame and Cole man LOBPittsburgK 4 Cincin nati 5 i Gibbon 7 Shantz l Purkey 9 II 6 0 6 liK 4 0 li 8 0 4 Gorman Al First PITTSBURGH 080 23J 9096 9 I CINCINNATI Oil DUO U J 3 10 t Friend Face 9 and Smith Hook 5 Nimn 8 and Schmidt WFriind Plumville Oris PLUMVULIi The PUulVJllj baseball team will begin daily drills tonight starting at 6 oclock Old and new players are to attend iee More 27 ;