Noah's ARKives

(Archive - Week of February 4, 2006)

Once A Marine
Steelers face Seahawks on Sunday in the Super Bowl

JOHN GUNN, COL., USMCR-ret.
Gulf Breeze, Fla.

It will be a battle of firsts in Detroit. The upstart Pittsburgh Steelers are the first No. 6 seed to ever play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy, while the Seattle Seahawks are making their first-ever Super Bowl appearance.

Both clubs rolled to victory in the championship games, with Pittsburgh winning its third- straight road-playoff game, beating Denver, 34-17, while Seattle slammed the door on the Carolina Panthers' season with a 34-14 triumph.

This will be Seattle's Mike Holmgren's third trip to the Super Bowl, where he was 1-1 as coach of the Green Bay Packers, while Pittsburgh's Bill Cowher is 0-1 after losing to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX.

The game will be broadcast Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

PITTSBURG STEELERS' UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS VETERANS

Tom Alberghini G (Holy Cross), Steelers 1945 (1 Game) (Silver Star)

Art Anderson T (Idaho), Bears 1961-62, Steelers 1963 (41 G) (MCRD San Diego 1958-60)

Ed Brown QB (Hartnell JC, USF), Bears 1954-61, Steelers 1962-65, Baltimore 1965 (154 G) (MCRD San Diego 1952, Pendleton 1953)

Ralph Cleo Calcagni T (Penn, Cornell), Boston Yanks 1946, Steelers 1947 (20 G; died after a preseason '48 Steelers game) (FMF Pacific 1945)

Ernie Cheatham T (Loyola-L.A.), Baltimore 1954, Steelers 1954 (a general) (6 G) (Camp Fisher 1953, assistant-player, MCRD San Diego 1955-56, Okinawa Streaks assistant 1960) (Navy Cross, Legion of Merit)

Gus Cifelli T (Notre Dame), Lions 1950-52, Green Bay 53, Philadelphia 54, Steelers '54 (60 G)

Mike Connelly C (Pasadena JC, Washington State, Utah St.), Dallas 1960-67, Steelers 1968 (120 G) (MCRD San Diego 1956-57)

Russ Cotton QB (Texas Mines), Brooklyn 1941, Steelers 1942 (11 G) (Lejeune 1943)

Leo Elter B (Villanova, Duquesne), Steelers 1953-54, Redskins 55-57, Steelers 58-59 (73 G) (Parris Island 1951-52)

Nick Feher G (Georgia), San Francisco 1951-54, Steelers 1955 (42 G)

Ray Fisher T (Eastern Illinois), Steelers 1959 (12 G) (MCRD San Diego 1957-58)

Joe Geri B (Georgia), Steelers 1949-51, Cardinals 1952 (48 G) (Lejeune 1944, Cherry Point 1945)

Jerry Hillebrand LB (Colorado), Giants 1963-66, Cardinals 1967, Steelers 1968-70 (99 G)

Claude "Big" Hipps B (Georgia), Steelers 1952-53 (17 G) (China 1946-47, Lejeune 1948)

Gene Hubka B (Temple, Bucknell), Steelers 1947 (1 G)

Tom Jelley E (Miami-FL), Steelers 1951 (5 G)

Ted Karras G (Purdue, Indiana), Steelers 1958-59, Bears 1960-64, Lions 1965, Rams 1966 (108 G) (MCRD San Diego 1956-57)

Jack "Whitey" Lee B (Carnegie Tech), Steelers 1939 (5 G) (North Carolina Pre-Flight 1942, El Toro 1945, coach El Toro 1946, coach Ford Island 1947, coach Edenton 1949, coach El Toro 1951)

Jim Levey B, Steelers 1934-36 (13 G) (also pro baseball)

"Big Daddy" Lipscomb T, Rams 1953-55, Baltimore 1956-60, Steelers 1961-62 (112 G) (Pendleton 1952-53)

Art McCaffray T (Santa Clara, Pacific), Steelers 1946 (11 G) (FMF Pacific, recalled for Korea, Quantico 1951)

Willie McClung T (Florida A&M), Steelers 1955-57, Cleveland 1958-59, Lions 1960-61 (74 G) (Lejeune 1952, Pearl Harbor Marines 1953)

"Automatic Art" Michalik G (St. Ambrose), San Francisco 1953-54, Steelers 1955-56 (38 G)

Al Postus B (Villanova), Steelers 1945 (2 G)

Jack "Hoss" Sanders G (SMU), Steelers 1940-42, Philadelphia 1945 (33 G)

Bob Schnelker E (Bowling Green), Philadelphia 1953, Giants 1954-60, Minnesota 1961, Steelers 1961 (105 G); assistant, Rams, Packers, Chargers, Dolphins, Chiefs, Lions, Vikings (Parris Island 1951-52)

Frank Sinkovitz C (Duke), Steelers 1947-52 (64 G)

ERNIE STAUTNER

Ernie Stautner T (Boston College), Steelers 1950-63 (173 G); assistant, Steelers, Redskins, Cowboys 1966-88, Broncos (Cherry Point 1943, El Toro 1944)

Glen Stough T (Duke), Steelers 1945 (10 G)

Walt Szot T (Bucknell), Chi. Cardinals 1946-48, Steelers 1949-50 (56 G) (recalled for Korea, Pendleton 1951)

Si Titus E (Holy Cross), Brooklyn 1940-42, Steelers 1945 (28 G) (Maui Marines 1944) (Silver Star)

Tad Weed K (Ohio St.), Steelers 1955 (6 G) (Quantico 1956, MCAS Iwakuni 1957)

Ralph Wenzel T (Tulane), Steelers 1942 (6 G)

Paul White B (Michigan), Steelers 1947 (11 G)

Frank Zoppetti B (Duquesne), Steelers 1941 (4 G)

STEELERS' TRYOUTS

Joe Fowlkes E, Steelers 1960 (Lejeune 1956-58)

Ted Ghelmann (T William & Mary), Steelers 1951, Cleveland 1953, Steelers 1954 (Parris Island 1951)

Holly Hollingshead (E Mississippi St.), Steelers 1962 (Quantico 1959-60, MCRD San Diego 1961)

Ed Kesler (B North Carolina), Steelers 1965 (Quantico 1966, 69)

Bill LaFleur B (Dayton, Penn State), Steelers 1948 (Lejeune 1944, recalled for Korea, MCRD San Diego 1950-51)

Frank Letteri T (Geneva), Steelers 1950, Washington 1952 (recalled for Korea, Lejeune 1950-51)

Dick Loncar (T Notre Dame, Northeast Louisiana), Steelers 1960 (MCRD San Diego 1958)

Ernie Merk (B USC), Steelers 1959 (MCRD San Diego 1957-58)

Don Penza (E Notre Dame), Steelers 1956 (Quantico 1954)

Bill Samer (E Pitt), Steelers 1950 (Quantico 1951, Lejeune 1953)

Carl Valletto (E Alabama), Steelers 1961 (1st MarDiv 1954, Pendleton 1954, Parris Island 1955)

Paul Weaver B (Penn State), Steelers 1947 (Lejeune 1944)

Art Young E (Springfield, Dartmouth), Steelers 1947 (intramural coach at Lejeune 1945, recalled for Korea)

STEELERS IN PRO BOWLS

Joe Geri, Steelers, 1951-52

Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, Colts, Steelers, 1959-60, '63 (4 games),

Ernie Stautner, Steelers, 1953-54, 56-62 (9 games)

OTHER ASSISTANT STEELERS' COACHES

Bud Carson, coach Cleveland 1989-90 (11-13-1 record); assistant Steelers (helped design "Steel Curtain" defense), Rams, Colts, Chiefs, Jets, Rams (Quantico 1952, Camp Fisher 1953)

Gus Dorais, coach Detroit 1943-47 (20-31-2 record), assistant, Steelers 1952

Dennis Fitzgerald, Steelers

Bill Meyers, Packers, Steelers, Raiders, Seahawks, Saints

Lud Wray, coach Boston 1932; Eagles 1933-35 (13-25-3 record); assistant, Steelers 1945

STEELERS TRAINER

Ralph Berlin, trainer, Cardinals, Steelers

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS' UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS VETERANS

Lamar Blount E (Mississippi State, Duke), Seahawks 1946, Buffalo 1947, Colts 1947 (22 G)

Abe Gibron T (Valparaiso, Purdue), Buffalo 1949, Cleveland 1950-56, Philadelphia 1956-57, Bears 1958-59 (125 G); assistant, Redskins, Bears, Buccaneers; scout, Seahawks. Coach Bears 1972-74 (10-30-1 record);

Jim Mora, coach New Orleans 1986-1996, Indianapolis 1998-2001 (125-106 record); assistant, Seahawks, Patriots (Quantico 1957, Lejeune 1958-59) (La. Sports HoF, Saints HoF, Greater New Orleans Sports HoF)

Frank Lauterbur, assistant, Colts, Rams, Seahawks

Bill Meyers, assistant, Packers, Steelers, Raiders, Seahawks, Saints

Decorated BGen Garretson played, coached football

Brig. Gen. Frank E. Garretson USMC-ret., who died 23 Jan., received these medals and decorations:

The Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Combat "V" and 2 Gold Stars in lieu of second and third awards; Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V"; Purple Heart with one Gold Star; Presidential Unit Citation with one bronze star; American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 bronze stars; World War II Victory Medal; National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star; Korean Service Medal with one silver star, denoting 5 campaigns; Vietnam Service Medal with 2 bronze stars; United Nations Service Medal; Korean Presidential Unit Citation and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Frank Edmund Garretson was born in Salem, Iowa, on 27 Feb. 1918. He attended schools in Iowa, California, Illinois and Washington, prior to graduating from the University of Washington in 1940. He was a member of the varsity football team and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at UW.

GARRETSON, A GUARD, lettered at Washington in 1938 and '39. And he was an assistant coach of the Maui (Hawaii) Marines in 1944 who had a 5-0-1 record: 0-0 Aiea Barracks, 12-6 Kaneohe Clippers, 19-0 Transient Center, 34-0 Ford Island, 48-0 Barber's Point and 51-0 Seabees. They outscored opponents, 164-6, and won Central Pacific Armed Forces League title.

Leland Parsons began construction of a 54-ft LOD schooner named Frank Edmund in 1976.

After enlisting in the Marine Corps in October 1940, he was assigned to the first class for WW II Officer Candidates and was commissioned a second lieutenant in February 1941. Upon graduation from the 4th Reserve Officers Class, Lt. Garretson became a guard company officer and the rifle range officer at Marine Barracks, Bremerton, Wash. He was promoted to captain 7 August 1942, and assigned as Company Commander of the Range Company at Camp Elliot, San Diego, shortly thereafter.

Finished 29 years after it was started, Parsons christened his boat Frank Edmund honoring its namesake who was also in attendance.

May 1943 found Capt. Garretson assigned to the 2d Battalion, 24th Marines. As a rifle company commander, he led his unit through the Marshall Islands, was twice wounded and was awarded the Navy Cross for gallantry at Roi-Namur. From the Marshalls, he led his unit in the invasion of Saipan as Battalion Executive Officer.

In July 1944, prior to the landings on Tinian, Maj. Garretson was given temporary command of the left assault battalion, which he led ashore. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptional performance of duties as Company Commander and Battalion Commander.

MAJ. GARRETSON NEXT saw combat at Iwo Jima, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for distinguishing himself in action against the enemy. In October 1945, he brought the 3d Battalion, 24th Marines home to the United States for deactivation.

Upon his return to the U.S., he was assigned as Executive Officer of the Guard Battalion at Camp Pendleton. He later became the Commanding Officer.

September 1946 through June 1947 found Maj. Garretson attending The Infantry School, Advanced Course #1, at Fort Benning, Ga., followed by assignment to the Staff of the Marine Corps Schools Amphibious Warfare School, Junior Course, at Quantico, an instructor in Infantry Tactics and Quantico and later in the Combined Arms Section.

In June 1950, Maj. Garretson became the Senior Marine Officer and Marine Assistant Operations and Plans Officer for the Commander of Amphibious Group 3 during operations in Korea. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in January 1951.

In April 1952, LtCol Garretson became head of the Officer Ground Control Unit, Personnel Branch, Headquarters Marine Corps -- a job he held till August 1953, when he became Officer Coordinator of the Detail Branch. In August 1953, he was assigned as Executive Officer of the 4th Marines Regiment (Reinforced), and served in that capacity until August 1956, when he became Assistant Chief of Staff G-4 for the 1st Marine Brigade at the MCAS Kane'ohe Bay, Hawaii.

IN JUNE 1958, LtCol Garretson was graduated from the Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and was ordered to Quantico as an instructor at the Senior School.

On 1 July 1959, he was promoted to colonel and became Senior Instructor at Senior School, Quantico, until July 1960, when he was made Assistant Director. Shortly after being appointed Director of Senior School, he was assigned in June 1961 to HqMC as Secretary of the General Staff, Office of the Chief of Staff.

In June 1964, Col Garretson completed the National War College in Washington, D. C., and also received a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University. Assigned to the 3d Marine Division in the Far East, Col Garretson served as Commanding Officer of the 9th Marine Regiment from August 1964-August 1965.

During this time, he was Commanding Officer of a Regimental Landing Team participating with Task Force 76 and the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade in the South China Sea during the Tonkin Gulf crisis. During July 1965, he landed the 9th Regimental Landing Team in South Vietnam where his regiment operated against the Viet Cong in the Da Nang area. For this action, he was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Legion of Merit with Combat "V".

IN SEPTEMBER 1965, upon return to the U.S., he became the Marine Liaison Officer to the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, and on 3 Jan 1966, was promoted to brigadier general.

For his service as Director of Information, HqMC from April 1966-August 1968, Gen. Garretson earned a Gold Star in lieu of a third Legion of Merit.

Returning to Vietnam later in August 1968, he served concurrently as Assistant Division Commander, 3rd Marine Division and Commanding General, Task Force Hotel. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for meritorious service during this assignment.

After his detachment in April 1969, he reported to Okinawa for duty as Commanding General, Marine Corps Base, Camp S. D. Butler/ Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific (Forward) / Commander, Marine Corps Bases (Forward), and served in this capacity until he returned to the U.S. in September 1969. He retired 30 June 1970 while serving as Deputy Commanding General, MCB Camp Pendleton.

Susquehanna (Pa.) HoF to induct Ron Rux on Saturday

Six former Susquehanna (Pa.) University student-athletes as well as a pair of long-time coaches will be inducted into the university's Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies in the Degenstein Campus Center on Saturday.

The Class of 2006 will increase the total membership of the Sports Hall of Fame to 167 members since its founding in 1967. This year's inductees are Jeff Cole '88 (baseball), Pete Stoma '88 (football), David Battisti '91 (football), Ron Rux '93 (football/track and field), Alison Hepler '95 Wolfgang (basketball) and Megan Lytle '95 Hardie (basketball).

Rux is a native of Port Carbon, Pa. and graduate of Pottsville Area High School. He was a two-year starter at split end in football and a jumper on the track and field team at Div. III Susquehanna. He had 42 catches for 802 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career, and led the Crusaders with 31 receptions for 577 yards and seven scores as a junior.

In track, Rux earned a pair of silver medals in the long and triple jumps at the 1993 MAC championships, and was a bronze medalist in the long jump as a Susquehanna junior. He still ranks in the top five in program history in both events.

Rux earned a certification in supply chain management from Cal State-Fullerton and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a major in the Marine Corps. He is a logistics manager for Target and resides in Modesto, Calif. with his wife, Erica, and their infant daughter, Peyton Marie.

Jack Warner inducted into USTFCCCA Hall of Fame

Cross Country Coach John F. "Jack" Warner of William Smith (N.Y.) College was inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Assn. Hall of Fame in Jacksonville, Fla. A former coach at Colgate and Cornell, he was one of 13 individuals to form the Class of 2005.

Warner has over 50 years of experience in the track & field and cross-country coaching arena. Widely renowned and respected as one of the sport's great coaching minds, he has shown unparalleled dedication to his sport.

At William Smith, he has directed the steady progress of one of the school's youngest programs. Under his watchful eye, the Herons have been named a Cross Country Coaches Assn. All-Academic Team in each of his seasons. Warner also mentored the first Heron to run in the NCAA Championship meet and the program's first All-American.

WARNER WAS BORN in 1929 in Rome, N.Y. As an accomplished runner for Syracuse University from 1947-51, he was voted MVP of the 1949 AAU National Championship cross country team and captain of the 1950 Orange cross country team.

After graduating from Syracuse in 1951, Warner served three years in the Marine Corps. During this period, he also became "Coach Warner" when he became All-Marine Coach in 1954. Upon his discharge from the Marines, he spent a year as a physical-education teacher and coach in the North Syracuse Central School System.

Warner joined the collegiate coaching ranks almost exactly 50 years ago, serving as an assistant coach at Kansas University from 1955-56, where he also received a master's degree in education. In 1956, he left Kansas and returned to Central New York, where he became coach of the Colgate track and cross country teams from 1956-67. During his 11 years, Warner's teams posted a record of 135-82-3.

Warner left Colgate in 1967, and the "Jack Warner Era" began at Cornell. He served as coach of men's track & field and cross-country from 1967-90, and led the women's track & field and cross country programs from 1982-90. During his 23-year tenure, his Big Red teams compiled a record of 267-149-4. He coached three Olympians, 24 NCAA All-Americans, 38 All-East, 12 IC4A and ECAC Champions, and 91 Heptagonal Champions. Warner retired from Cornell in 1990.

NOT SURPRISINGLY, HE returned to coaching in 1995 and has been coach of the William Smith Cross Country team at Geneva, N.Y. (Hobart College's there, too) for the past decade.

In addition to his coaching resume, Warner has an impressive record of service to track & field. He served as NCAA representative on the governing council of the U.S. Track and Field Federation from 1970-76. He was a founder and organizer of the NCAA Div. I Track Coaches Assn. in 1980. He served both as vice president and president of the IC4A Track Coaches Assn. and president of the Heps Coaches.

He served as Co-Coach of the Uganda Olympic team in 1960, a member of the Olympic Development Committee in 1978 and 1979, and as assistant men's coach for the U.S. Track and Field Team at the 1993 World Indoor Championships.

Warner has also received numerous honors. In 1978, he was named the NCAA District II Men's Track Coach of the Year, and, in 1983, the District II Women's Cross Country Co-Coach of the Year. In 1988, his alma mater honored him as a Letter Winner of Distinction.

Warner is a member of the Rome (N.Y.) Sports Hall of Fame, Cornell Sports Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Niagara Assn. of USA Track & Field Hall of Fame with the Class of 2004.

Tom O'Brien's 2006 B.C. FB schedule announced

Home games vs. Clemson, Brigham Young, Maine, Virginia Tech, Buffalo, Duke and Maryland highlight the 2006 Boston College football schedule, which was released.

Three Thursday-night games -- one at home (vs. Virginia Tech) and two on the road -- are featured on the 12-game schedule for Boston College, coached by Marine vet Tom O'Brien. TV appearances and game times will be announced later.

"WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT this coming season's schedule," Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo says. "This will be a real challenge for our football team."

The Eagles will open the 06 season on Thursday, 31 August with a road game at Ohio University. The Clemson Tigers will come to Alumni Stadium for the team's home and ACC opener on Saturday, 9 Sept., followed by a home game against BYU the following week. Following a road game at N.C. State, the Eagles will return home for the 30 Sept. Parents' Weekend game vs. Maine.

VIRGINIA TECH COMES to The Heights for an ESPN Thursday night prime-time game 12 Oct. Nine days later, the Eagles play at Florida State, followed by a home game vs. Buffalo. November opens with the Eagles on the road at Wake Forest, followed by home games against conference opponents Duke and Maryland. The regular season concludes with another prime-time Thursday night game on Thanksgiving evening at Miami.

The Eagles will enter the 2006 season in the hunt for an unprecedented eighth consecutive bowl game and seventh consecutive bowl win. The 2005 Eagles finished with a 9-3 overall record and a 5-3 mark in the ACC, which tied eventual champion Florida State for first place in the league's Atlantic Division.

BC is the only team in college football to have won a bowl game the past six consecutive seasons.

Oklahoma beats Gary Blair's Texas A&M BK team

A'Quonesia Franklin scored 20 points for the Texas A&M women's basketball team, but 18 points by Courtney Paris led No. 13 Oklahoma to a 81-72 victory Saturday in front of 5,565.

A&M fell to 16-5 overall and 5-3 in the league while No. 13 Oklahoma improved to 17-4 overall and 7-0 in the Big 12.

"THIS ONE STINGS because we had them here first," said A&M coach Gary Blair, a Marine vet. "This was our first real test. We're going to learn from it. Our goal this year is to win every ballgame we can and get to the NCAA Tourney. We'll do whatever we can. We'll have some pitfalls along the way. We improved up here (in the brain) today. We got smarter."

The loss ended a 13-game home winning streak for A&M, which was the Big 12's longest active streak It was the first time for A&M to compete as a second-place team in the league against the first-place team.

"IT WAS A GOOD ballgame," Blair said. "Are they best team we've played this year? Probably so. But I've still got a lot of respect for No. 8 Baylor."

Franklin, a sophomore, dished out a career-best 10 assists and did not record a turnover. She was 6-of-6 from the free throw line.

The Aggies will be off midweek before hosting Texas Tech on Sunday.

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Duquesne ended its nine-game losing streak Saturday with an 86-82 victory at St. Bonaventure.

Bryant McAllister led the Div. I Dukes with 25 points. Keith Gayden scored 18, Aaron Jackson 13 and DeVario Hudson 12.

The Dukes (3-15), coached by Marine vet Danny Nee, host La Salle on Wednesday and Fordham on Saturday.

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Royce Parran had his third consecutive 20-point game as Div. I Chicago State dropped, 59-73, at Southern Utah on Saturday.

Parran shot 5-of-9 from the three-point line and 7-of-14 from the field. Kevin Jones Jr. added 15 points for the Cougars (4-15 overall, 3-5 in conference play). Chicago State shot only 38.2% from the field; including 9-of-27 from the floor in the first half.

Chicago State, coached by Marine vet Kevin Jones, plays Saturday at Oral Roberts (Okla.).

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North Central (Ill.) defeated host Wheaton (Ill.), 77-60, Saturday. The Cardinals, ranked 11th in last week's D3Hoops.com Top 25, improved to 15-3 on the season with a 4-3 record in CCIW play. Div. II Wheaton is now 6-11 on the year with a 2-4 conference record.

Sophomore John Mohan led the Thunder with 18 points and senior guard Tony bollier added 14 points with two steals. Wheaton shot 40.8% (20-49) from the field, with 20% (2-10) from three-point range and 90% (18-20) at the free throw line.

The Thunder, coached by Marine vet Bill Harris, beat Millikin (Ill.), 82-60. Wednesday, Wheaton plays Wednesday at Carthage (Ill.) and Saturday at North Park (Ill.).

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Div. III Keuka (N.Y.) lost in overtime despite a last-second three-pointer by freshman Robert McDowell at the end of regulation that sent the game to overtime. The Storm lost, 74-68, to the Giants of Keystone (Pa.)

Keuka lost earlier in the season to Keystone on the road, 56-47. The Storm fell to 8-8 overall and 4-5 in North Eastern Athletic Conference play while Keystone improved to 13-4 overall and a prefect 8-0 in the NEAC.

The Storm, coached by Marine vet George Wunder, plays Tuesday at Bard (N.Y.) and Saturday at Polytechnic (N.Y.).

How will Robert Clemente's baseball number be handled?

The daughter of Jackie Robinson thinks Major League Baseball should not retire Roberto Clemente's No. 21, the New York Daily News reported.

The Hispanics Across America advocacy group wants Marine vet Clemente's number set aside the way the late Robinson's No. 42 was nine years ago. But Sharon Robinson said that honor should remain for her father only.

"TO MY UNDERSTANDING, the purpose of retiring my father's number is that what he did changed all of baseball, not only for African-Americans but also for Latinos, so I think that purpose has been met," Robinson told the newspaper at a birthday celebration for her father in Times Square. "When you start retiring numbers across the board, for all different groups, you're kind of diluting the original purpose."

In September, Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson made similar comments, saying baseball should find another way to honor Clemente. "Jackie Robinson was a very unique situation and historical," Robinson said. "Clemente did an awful lot of good things and was a terrific ballplayer, but I don't think it's the same type of situation as Jackie Robinson. And if you do it for him, where do you go? Where do you stop? Then you neglect someone and create some big controversy."

Major League Baseball has taken the effort to retire Clemente's number under advisement.

SHARON ROBINSON SAID she is close to the Clemente family and acknowledged that the Hall of Famer is an inspiration to Hispanic athletes. "I totally think that Roberto's accomplishments should continue to be spotlighted and highlighted as a major part of baseball, and American culture -- as well as Puerto Rico's culture," she told the newspaper.

Clemente, a 12-time All-Star who had 3,000 hits for the Pittsburgh Pirates, died in 1972 at age 38 in a plane crash. He was taking relief supplies to victims of a Nicaraguan earthquake.

Baseball retired Jackie Robinson's number in 1997, the 50th anniversary of his debut as the first black player in the major leagues.

Writer-columnist Tom Loomis wrote a lot about sports

Tom Loomis, 80, whose honest and unpretentious writing style during 23 years as The Toledo Blade's lead sports columnist transformed him into the guy next door for countless thousands of readers, died in Concord, Mass.

An award-winning writer and columnist, Loomis in last November moved to Concord from Hilo, Hawaii, where he had lived about 15 years in retirement.

LOOMIS CAME TO Toledo as sports editor of the Toledo Times in 1955. He later moved to The Blade and wrote the sports section's lead column, "Mirrors of Sport," from 1966 until retirement Jan. 1, 1989.

"Tom was the hardest-working guy in the trade," said close friend and former Blade colleague Dave Woolford. "He would attend a major event and write a lead story, a column, and a notebook. Nobody worked harder or wrote more, and few wrote better."

Loomis was raised in Connecticut and came to the Midwest to attend Bowling Green State University, where he was sports editor and columnist for the student paper.

HE WAS A MARINE Corps veteran of WW II and worked at newspapers in New Haven, Conn., and Dayton before coming to Toledo.

He covered such major events as Ohio State and Michigan football, the Olympics, the World Series, Super Bowls, and major golf championships. But he had a soft spot for many of the so-called minor sports and participation sports to which many columnists paid scant attention.

He was passionate about women's sports when many organized athletic events for girls and women were in their infancy. He became an avid runner as a member of the Toledo Roadrunners and served as a volunteer coach for the early girls' track and field teams at Start High School.

At retirement, Loomis estimated he had written nearly 5,500 installments of "Mirrors of Sport."

Some FB players fought on Guam; some from Guadalcanal and Okinawa later played football

Dave Schreiner (Wisconsin), Bob Bauman (Wisconsin), Tom Daly (Loyola-L.A.), Bob Herwig (California), Bill Hofer (Notre Dame), Bill Lazetich (Montana), Paul Lentz (Guilford), Marv Plock (Nebraska) and others had seen combat with the regiment on Guam, where Herwig won a Navy Cross, Hofer a Silver Star.

The Dec. 24, 1944 Mosquito Bowl game at Guadalcanal was the "end of football, for the colonel (Alan Shapley), although he is a great fan, thought too many were hurt and about everyone agrees with him," one player wrote home. "It was fun for one game, though."

After the horrors of Okinawa, the 4th Regiment was the first to land in Japan as part of the occupation force in 1945 and the 29th went to China.

Several from the Mosquito Bowl game played college ball after the war: Joe Bartkiewicz (Indiana), Frank Callen (St. Mary's), Bill Doolittle (Ohio State), John Genis at Illinois, Bill Moates at Mississippi State, John Pickarts at Santa Barbara College, Bill Reynolds at Montana, Bud Seelinger at Montana State, H. Allen Smith at Mississippi and Bob Spicer at Colorado.

SAXON JUDD (TULSA, Southwestern Louisiana V-12) played three years in the new AIl-America Football Conference and Smith two seasons with the Chicago Bears. Genis received a $500 signing bonus from the AAFC Baltimore Colts but returned it on joining the FBI. John Bond (Texas Christian, North Texas Agriculture) and Callen had brief pro stays.

Arch Ward, sports editor of the Chicago Tribune and a founder of the AAFC, wrote Schreiner several times to try and sign him for the new league.

"We urged him not to sign with anybody" until the war was over, said Len Fribourg, later a general.

In an interview in the San Francisco Chronicle in January 1945, Schreiner, who died on Okinawa, said he planned to "play pro ball or coach after the war." Apparently he had not made up his mind.

BUT FOR STAN Raytinski (Fordham) and many survivors, the war wounds, the combat and months of military training combined to put pro ball out of the question.

So they turned to business, construction, insurance, finance, law, education, coaching, railroading, law enforcement and other fields. Having survived the hell on earth that was Okinawa, apparently only four opted for a military career (Fribourg, Ted Stawicki (American Univ., Morningside), Pickarts and Lee Bennett (Wayne, Michigan State) - and Pickarts as a colonel in the Army). Lentz and Bob McNeil (Michigan State) were recalled for Marine duty during the Korean War.

Four players were hesitant to discuss the football game, perhaps because it reminded them of the war, Okinawa and the loss of friends and comrades.

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The poignancy of the game was heightened by the heavy loss of life in Okinawa.

Bauman, Chuck Behan (DeKalb Tch.), Tony Butkovich (Illinois, Purdue V-12), Wayne "Rusty" Johnston (Marquette), George Murphy (Notre Dame), Johnny Perry (Wake Forest, Duke V-12), Schreiner and Ed Van Order (Cornell) were killed on the island.

Behan posthumously was awarded the Navy Cross, as was Perry, a Packers' draftee.

(PLOCK WAS AWARDED a Silver Star; Hank Bauer, Stawicki and John C1ifford, a Notre Dame graduate, the Bronze Star, and Bond a Letter of Commendation, for bravery on Okinawa.)

Other players from the Mosquito Bowl game to die in combat on Okinawa were Bob Fowler of Michigan, John Hebrank of Lehigh, Hubbard "Doc" Hinde of Southern Methodist and Jim Quinn of Amherst.

Pfc. Paul Straub, a back for the 29th Marines who had played for Stetson and Tampa universities, subsequently lost both legs when a dud exploded after a training exercise on Guadalcanal.

"A PIECE OF shrapnel whizzed by me," said Eli Kaluger of Shadyside, Ohio. Kaluger had played at Alabama and Miami (Ohio). "I know it's been 40 years, but as I look back it doesn't seem that long."

Despite the wounds, Straub returned to Florida and became football coach at Tampa University and later Jesuit High in Tampa. Later, he was the school's alumni director.

(The closing Mosquito Bowl football game-Okinawa fighting story will be Feb. 16.)

HOCKEY

Mike Modano pounded a shot into the top of the net in the first extra round of a shootout, giving the host Dallas Stars a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday in a thrilling game between the two best teams in the Western Conference.

Dallas goaltender Marty Turco beat Detroit for the first time in 11 tries -- and this would've been the toughest for the ex-University of Michigan star to get over had Modano not bailed him out.

The Red Wings, owned by Marine vet Mike Ilitch, lead the Central Division of the Western Conference (33-13-5). Carolina has won 36 games, Ottawa and Dallas 34.

Detroit in the week lost to Nashville, 3-2 and 2-1, but beat Vancouver, 2-1.

The Red Wings face the Minneapolis Wild on Monday, the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday and Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

SERVICE BASKETBALL

Two days. Two different outcomes. On a Saturday, Camp Pendleton's men's squad played its first matchup against Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms. And it was like night and day from what happened the next day, the Pendleton Globe reported.

In the weekend's first game, Chris Crawford's wonderful morning the coach shot an 82 in a round of golf at Marine Memorial Golf Course before heading to the Paige Fieldhouse was capped off with a "perfect" afternoon as Pendleton rolled to an impressive 82-60 victory over their foes from the desert. On a Sunday, however, Pendleton fell, 96-85, in the rematch.

In Saturday's win, Pendleton was paced by James Moore, who scored 11 of his game-high 24 points in the first three minutes of action. Fueled by Moore's explosion, Pendleton was able to jump out to a 15-2 lead and the squad never looked back as it improved the squad's record to 7-4 on the season.

MC MARATHON

The Marine Corps Marathon presented the first annual MCM Running Store Team award to Metro Run & Walk of Falls Church, Va. during a special ceremony at the store. The Northern Virginia running store team finished the 2005 MCM with the winning combined time of 12:29:59.

"This competition brought many of the finest runners from the great D.C. area running stores for friendly competition," said Rick Nealis, MCM race director. "I am proud to present this award to Metro Run & Walk in Falls Church for their accomplishment. Thank you to all those who participated in the Running Store Team competition and congratulations on a great effort."

Local running stores formed co-ed teams to compete for the Running Store Team title. The top three male scores and the top female score from each team combined to determine the winner of the 2005 competition. All scores were based on ChampionChip times.

The Marine Corps Marathon continues a combined tradition of dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism. Since its inception, over 300,000 civilian and military runners from all walks of life have participated, deservingly earning the event its nickname "The People's Marathon." The 31st Marine Corps Marathon will be held 29 October 2006. Rolling Registration opens 17 May at noon EST. Visit marinemarathon.com for more information.

BASEBALL

The first phase of California Lutheran University's $29-million sports complex was unveiled Saturday when the inaugural game was played on the new George "Sparky" Anderson Baseball Field. A group of alumni faced current Cal Lutheran players at a free game.

The matchup was called by former play-by-play announcer Ernie Harwell, a Marine vet who was the voice of the Tigers from 1960 through 2002. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1998.

Anderson, a former major-league manager who lives in Thousand Oaks, Cal., threw out the first pitch. Since 1979, Anderson has helped the four-year private university raise millions of dollars through golf tournaments to support its baseball program.

Anderson, the third-most winning manager in major-league history, managed the Cincinnati Reds in the 1970s and joined the Detroit Tigers in 1979. He is the only manager to win a World Series in both the National and American leagues.

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John Gunn is a member of the Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Assn., 2nd Marine Division Assn., Marine Corps Intelligence Assn., Marine Corps Aviation Assn., Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Marine Corps League, Naval Aviation Museum Foundation and LST-325.

He also is author of two 1992 Marine football books, "The Old Core" and "(Quite) A Few Good Men."

 

Noah@SemperFidelisNoah.com

 


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