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Paul Brown — 'Mr. Architect of Gridology'

By Don Hohler • Jul 10, 2019 at 12:10 PM

It was January 1951 at the Norwalk Reflector. The big news was about one of our own, the young man who grew up on Elm Street. His name was Paul Brown.

The coaching whiz could have had a job anywhere he wished. This story had him turning down jobs at both Ohio State and Stanford, two seriously-good football positions.

“I’ll be back with the Browns next year, to the best of my knowledge,” Brown was quoted as saying. “There is no reason for me to leave Cleveland. I am very happy here.”

Brown was in Los Angles when the story broke. He was there coaching the American Conference All-Star team of the NFL in what was then called the Pro-All-Star game when it faced the best of the National Conference.

Brown and his team were congratulated the day before in Columbus by the Ohio House in a resolution. It was voted on only after the Browns’ club owner Mickey McBride was scratched off the resolution. Not sure why that was done.

The House agreed that Brown should be called “Mr. Architect of Gridology.”

Flyers handle New London

Coach Bill Mazzocco’s St. Paul team handled New London, 42-32, in a game that kept the local team on top in the Firelands Conference.

The game featured two scorers, Ron Jaworski for St. Paul and Russ Edgington from New London. If there was a difference, it was the additional scoring from St. Paul’s Joe Hipp.

Milan wins invitational

It was the Class A St. Paul Invitational but the finals was between the Milan Indians and the Huron Tigers. Milan came from 10 points behind at the start of the second half to overtake Huron and win 39-37.

Dick Bastien and Cliff Mills engineered the comeback with the help of a key Gerald Lee bucket that gave the Indians the lead for the first time.

Hogan wins U.S. Open

In a June Review of the Year story, the University of Washington was congratulated for winning the College Varsity Regatta on the Ohio River at Marietta….Ben Hogan was lauded for winning the U.S. Open after rehabbing from a car crash...Yankee slugger Joe DiMaggio picked Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium as the site for his 2,000th major league hit...Ray Robinson (middleweight) and Lee Savold (heavyweight) won boxing titles...Steve O’Neil replaced Joe McCarthy as manager of the Boston Red Sox.

Norwalk on slide

It was reported that Norwalk was unable to cope with the cheese-box size floor at Mansfield Madison, losing 60-35. Shockingly, it was Madison’s first win while Norwalk was losing for the fifth time in eight starts. Despite that record, Norwalk still leads the NOL with a 2-0 record.

Oddly, no Norwak player was mentioned in the story.

Where’s the beef?

The answer is Pleasnick’s and The Modern Market.

Pleasnick’s sold ground beef for 48 cents a pound, one cent less than beef liver.

Home-dressed frying chicken (3 1/2-pound average) sold for 49 cents a pound. Pork loin roast brought 38 cents a pound. Bulk sausage at 33 cents and pork chops 63 cents. Whole or shank hams could be purchased for 49 cents a pound.

Pork loin roast sold for 39 cents at Marion Stark’s Modern Market.

Lots of variety from the slaughter house out on Ridge Road. Veal tongue for 39 cents, pork hocks for 22 ½ cents, heart meat at 39 cents per pound. Soup meat for $25 cents. Ox tail for 33 cents, same for bologna. How about bacon for 24 1/2 cents and wieners for 53 cents a pound.

The butter substitute, oleo, brought 31 cents per pound.

N. Fairfield tops Sullivan

Forward Sam Risner and center Leon Smith scored 19 points apiece as North Fairfield pulled out a close 55-54 win over Sullivan. It was the Indians’ sixth win is 12 times out.

Wakeman handles New London

Wakeman won for the eighth time in 11 starts, stopping the Wildcats, 51-41.

Burke and Todd scored 15 points apiece to lead the winners. Sherwood added eight, Lane seven and Wolfe four for the winners.

The losers got 14 points from Mack and 10 from Kelley as far as double-figure scorers. Russ Edgington added seven, Hook four, Brown three, Caldwell two and Marsh one.

Look! 16 inches wide

That’s what the Perfect Paint and Appliance ad read when describing their new 1951 model Admiral television. The price? $199.95 or $86.00 down and $19.09 a month for the clearest picture in television, one complete with built-in directional signal. Just plug in and play and watch “Stop The Music” on Thursday night at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Junior high basketball

Yes, there was. Cole School played Willard with Cole winning the “varsity” game, 38-22, while Willard won the “reserve” game, 16-15.

For Cole in the varsity game it was Twitchell scoring 15 and Spettle 14. A. Smith led Willard with nine while Holmes had six.

Stanfield led the Willard reserve team with 10 while Holmes had four and Camiscioni two. Hunter led Norwalk with six. Burr had four, Trace and Lane had two and Rolsten one.

Fairfield and Truck Line win

In Park and Rec Board Recreational League play, North Fairfield slipped by Simmonds Pontiac, 39-35, while the Truck Line team handled Bank Billiards, 23-19

Lear had 13 and Sparks nine for Fairfield while Weltlin had 12 and Kelly 11 for Pontiac.

Motsch had seven and Meagrow and Ziemke six each for the Truck Line. Wilde had eight for the Bank Billiards squad.

U.S. jets pounce on MIG 15s

In a half-hour air battle, 24 U.S. Thunderjets pounced on between 18 and 28 Russian-built jets near the Manchurian border, shooting down four of the MIG’s in the biggest air-battle of the war.

No American planes were damaged.

St. Paul tops Monroeville

Ron Jaworski scored 18 points, Joe Hipp had 16, Hank Landoll 13 and Kenny Spaar 12 as the Flyers toppled Monroeville, 56-50.

Lasch led the Eagles with 15 while Stang had 13.

In the reserve game, Monroeville got six from Latham, Herner and Christman to win 24-21. Stoll had seven and Gamble five for the Flyers.

The markets

At the Chicago Board of Trade, wheat was set at 247, corn at 178 and change, oats at 98 and soy beans 324.

Don Hohler is a longtime Reflector sportswriter.

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