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Sun StaffForty-some years ago, Baltimore wrapped itself in blue and white. Blue-collar workers toiled at steel mills and shipyards. White marble steps beckoned them home. Come fall, folks packed Memorial Stadium on Sundays to cheer the Colts, a club of castoffs...
WatchdogI had the privilege Wednesday night of watching ESPN's upcoming documentary on the 1958 NFL Championship Game at a Chelsea theater with Frank Gifford, Pat Summerall, Raymond Berry, Gino Marchetti, Lenny Moore, Jim Mutscheller, radio announcer Bob Wolff,...
Ernie Accorsi watched the 1958 NFL championship game between the New York Giants and Baltimore Colts as a 17-year-old Colts fan. He went on to become general manager of both teams that played in the historic contest. He has probably watched the game 40...
Sun reporterIt took the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland nearly 14 years to get a new stadium constructed, and the Ravens only three hours and one minute to lose their first game in the facility. The new $223 million stadium was a house of horror for the...
Sun StaffJohn Unitas' importance in pro football history can't be emphasized enough. He was not only one of the game's all-time greatest quarterbacks, but also a central figure in the NFL's rise from relative obscurity to the nation's No. 1 sports obsession. When...
Sun StaffDino Spanomanolis smoked cigarettes and sipped his coffee yesterday morning at Club 4100, the restaurant in Brooklyn Park he and his brother Manny own, waiting for the tribute to the man who often sat on the stool he now occupied - John Unitas. When it...
Excerpts from columns about John Unitas from around the country: - Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: I can close my eyes and still see him, wearing those black high-top shoes, walking slowly to the line of scrimmage, biding his time so he could...
Sun StaffLike a few thousand other Baltimore fans counting down the days to Super Bowl XXXV, Brian Cooper can't help feeling as if he's been here before. Depending on how you look at it, he has. It was 1958 when his parents, Joseph and Annette Cooper, traveled...
Tags: Family, Super Bowl, Football, Travel, Gino Marchetti
Baltimore Sun columnistIt was a passive morning at Passing Fancy, the flat expanse of farmland where John Unitas, wife Sandra and their three children live in comfort and a laid-back, kick-off-your-shoes kind of rural leisure. Their impeccable white-fenced sanctuary is...
Sun StaffRavens Stadium got the Unitas touch yesterday, from the 13-foot statue of John Unitas to a ring of honor induction for Baltimore Colts Hall of Famers to an eloquent halftime address by the late quarterback's wife. "He was very much looking forward to...
Tags: Johnny Unitas, John Mackey, Football, Art Donovan, Sculpture
Sun StaffForever embedded in the city's football history, John Unitas and his fellow Hall of Fame Baltimore Colts will now become permanent parts of Ravens Stadium. At the Ravens' next home game on Oct. 20, the team will unveil a statue of Unitas and dedicate the...
Sun StaffA few weeks ago, some fellow Pro Football Hall of Famers graced a fund-raiser for the foundation that Lenny Moore operates in honor of his late son. Art Donovan, a guy who loves salami, and Gino Marchetti, a giant who had a sandwich named for him,...
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