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February 2, 2004
Re the legendary L.A. Rams football great Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch (obituary, Jan. 29): In the '50s and '60s, Elroy and his family lived around the corner from us in a modest neighborhood in Van Nuys, just south of Chandler Boulevard. They were a warm, friendly, unassuming family. Elroy threw the football to the kids on the block. One day I invited him to join my Sunday morning tennis game at the local community college courts. He came apologetically, because he said he had never played tennis.
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OPINION
February 2, 2004
Re the legendary L.A. Rams football great Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch (obituary, Jan. 29): In the '50s and '60s, Elroy and his family lived around the corner from us in a modest neighborhood in Van Nuys, just south of Chandler Boulevard. They were a warm, friendly, unassuming family. Elroy threw the football to the kids on the block. One day I invited him to join my Sunday morning tennis game at the local community college courts. He came apologetically, because he said he had never played tennis.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2004 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch, who parlayed a Hall of Fame football career with the Los Angeles Rams into a brief movie career, died Wednesday of natural causes at an assisted living facility in Madison, Wis. He was 80. Hirsch, a 6-foot-2-inch, 190-pounder with a trademark crew cut, played halfback and receiver for the Rams from 1949 to 1957 and was one of the most important players on their only NFL championship team, in 1951.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2004 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch, who parlayed a Hall of Fame football career with the Los Angeles Rams into a brief movie career, died Wednesday of natural causes at an assisted living facility in Madison, Wis. He was 80. Hirsch, a 6-foot-2-inch, 190-pounder with a trademark crew cut, played halfback and receiver for the Rams from 1949 to 1957 and was one of the most important players on their only NFL championship team, in 1951.
SPORTS
December 9, 1988 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
Tom Fears doesn't attend many games anymore, but he was watching from the stands Monday night as receiver Henry Ellard continued his assault on Fears' 38-year-old Ram record for single-season receptions. It was one great pair of hands, generations removed, admiring another's. "I think he's a hell of a receiver," Fears said. One of the game's greatest receivers, Fears has charted Ellard at a distance over the years.
SPORTS
January 3, 1989 | BILL DWYRE, Times Sports Editor
Wayne Duke, retiring commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, was brought to tears in the press box by Michigan's 22-14 victory over USC. As commissioner for the last 18 years, Duke has been an easy target for those who have criticized the Big Ten's recent lack of success in the Rose Bowl. But now his conference has won its last two Rose Bowls, Michigan State beating USC last year, and Duke couldn't have received a better retirement present.
SPORTS
February 16, 2000 | Associated Press
Verda "Vitamin T." Smith, a running back for the 1951 NFL champion Los Angeles Rams who once held the single-season record for kickoff returns for touchdowns, has died at 76. Smith, who died Monday, reportedly had Alzheimer's disease. Smith joined the Rams out of Abilene Christian as part of a famous rookie class of 1949 that included Hall of Fame quarterback Norm Van Brocklin, Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch and Paul "Tank" Younger.
SPORTS
March 21, 1999
John R. Wooden had been coaching basketball at UCLA since 1948, but not until 35 years ago tonight did he truly become "The Wizard of Westwood." It was with possibly the most remarkable of all his 10 national championship teams that Wooden won the first of his NCAA titles, overwhelming a much taller Duke team, 98-83, at Kansas City.
SPORTS
October 25, 1999
The last time the Rams were 6-0 was 1985, when they opened 7-0 and won the NFC West at 11-5 with Dieter Brock at quarterback. . . . Issac Bruce had four receptions to move ahead of Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch for third on the Rams' career reception list at 344. . . . Carolina's Tshimanga Biakabutuka, who came in averaging an NFL-leading 8.3 yards a carry, wound up with 10 yards in nine carries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2000 | JAMES E. FOWLER
The Super Bowl is just a game. But through the mass-media marketing of the National Football League, Super Bowl Sunday has become a great excuse for throwing a party even for people who don't know the difference between a touchdown and a home run. The Super Bowl is also a major television event. Fifteen of the top 30 most-watched television programs of all time are Super Bowls. The highest rated Super Bowl of all time?
SPORTS
January 3, 1989 | BILL DWYRE, Times Sports Editor
Wayne Duke, retiring commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, was brought to tears in the press box by Michigan's 22-14 victory over USC. As commissioner for the last 18 years, Duke has been an easy target for those who have criticized the Big Ten's recent lack of success in the Rose Bowl. But now his conference has won its last two Rose Bowls, Michigan State beating USC last year, and Duke couldn't have received a better retirement present.
SPORTS
December 9, 1988 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
Tom Fears doesn't attend many games anymore, but he was watching from the stands Monday night as receiver Henry Ellard continued his assault on Fears' 38-year-old Ram record for single-season receptions. It was one great pair of hands, generations removed, admiring another's. "I think he's a hell of a receiver," Fears said. One of the game's greatest receivers, Fears has charted Ellard at a distance over the years.
SPORTS
August 9, 1985
Bob Waterfield, who led the Rams to National Football League championships in Cleveland (1945) and Los Angeles (1951), was named in three categories to the Rams' 40th anniversary all-time team, chosen by Times readers. In a vote of 5,229 readers during July, Waterfield was selected as the Rams' all-time quarterback, kicker and punter. Waterfield received 1,921 votes in the quarterback category, beating Norm Van Brocklin with 1,399 and Roman Gabriel with 836.
SPORTS
February 14, 2002
Fred Gehrke, an L.A. Ram halfback of the late 1940s who died Saturday at 83, made a major and distinctive contribution to the franchise. An art major at the University of Utah, he hand-painted horns on the Rams' leather helmets in 1948, the first modern helmet emblems in pro football. The next year, the team switched to plastic helmets featuring a baked-on version of Gehrke's design, which has been used ever since.
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