Always someone to harass him: Sam Huff, cops, Raquel Welch.
A grandfather and 41, but still the top attraction in his racket.
Bednarik went both ways in a title game, the last time for that.
The first major league mouth since Dizzy Dean to win 30.
Orange Juice, Ara and an Ebbing Tide
He scored 54 touchdowns in two years in junior college, but it was the first time he carried the ball in a scrimmage at USC that he jolted the people who mattered. "He busted guys backward," Coach John McKay said, and O.J. Simpson was off to 36 touchdowns and two national rushing titles. Among the guys No. 32 busted backward by the time he was finished were Grange, Harmon, White, Davis, Blanchard—in fact, anybody who ran the ball.
Ara Parseghian (above), a Protestant, just like Rockne, came to floundering Notre Dame in 1964 and restored the Irish to their former heights. But all the wins, and the few losses, were overshadowed by the college game of the decade, the 1966 Notre Dame-Michigan State confrontation in which Parseghian settled for a 10-10 finish by running out the clock. "He tied one for The Gipper," jeered detractors. Fit to be tied, too, was the era's other deified coach, Bear Bryant (left). His Alabama teams gave up just 5.6 points a game as they won three national titles. Defense was Bear's Bible. Then college football changed, and 'Bama got beat by scores like 41-14.
A Yankee's Last Hurrah
His body, so powerful, was curiously flawed and could never quite withstand the strains that his talents and impulsiveness imposed on it. Bound by yards of tape, Mickey Mantle played for years in pain, but he gave in only to pride—when he couldn't hit the fast kid pitchers anymore. In a peculiar form of tribute shortly before his final game, Denny McLain dished him up a watermelon of a pitch so that Mantle would be sure to pass Jimmy Foxx on the home run list. In Yankee Stadium on June 8, 1969 they had his Day, and as the ovation for him ran on for seven minutes Mantle was overcome, like Gehrig and Ruth before him. "I never knew," he said, "how someone dying could say he was the luckiest man in the world. But now I understand."
And Finally—See What Follows—Were the Tears of Pure Laughter