Looking back at TAHS football in 1961

Of the 73,436 women interviewed in the Fall of 1961, according to Williams Appliances, 1100 PA Avenue, most preferred gas for cooking. Williams’ had the new Gold Star Gas Range, the new 30-inch Norge for only $189, including the new no-spill cock top, new warm-N-thaw oven control, new burner with a brain-no scorches, no burn, with a giant 24 and 1/2 foot oven and all burners had the light automatically feature as well. At Rossi Motors at the intersection just before Bland’s Park in Tipton, the “best-looking buys” on Mercurys could be found. Comets-the compact with the extras that make the difference and Monterrys-the quality big car, with extra room, extra riding smoothness and extra quality front wheel bearings. At Miller Bros. Company at 14th Street at the railroad crossing you could buy triple channel aluminum combination swivel storm and screen windows-” the best buy in town.”
In the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers used a three quarterback approach, with John Brodie, Bill Kilmer and Bobby Waters combining to pile up 521 yards and crush the Los Angeles Rams 35-0. Paul Hornung scored 33 points all by himself to lead the Green Bay Packers over the Baltimore Colts 45-7. The Eagles edged the Steelers 21-16, in the battle for bragging rights in the state.
The Tyrone Hospital Board was reorganized with Robert H. Shofstahl re-elected president. Others re-elected were David B. Kessler, Vice-president; Anthony Mannino, Treasurer; and William C. Morrow, Assistant Treasurer, Mrs. William H. Lynn was elected secretary succeeding Miss. Dorothy Givler.
In addition to 11 directors, Dr. Ralph P. Eardley, President of the medical staff, Earl Pelter, hospital administrator, and Mrs. Pat Shellenberger, President of the Auxiliary, were also present.
The administrator’s report showed 28.9 daily cases, 104 admissions, 20 new-borns, 150 patients treated, with 33 remaining at the end of the month. There was a 43.8 occupancy, three deaths, eight major and 35 minor operations.
The 1961-62 Tyrone YMCA Basketball League opened with a total of six teams, including defending champ Blair Clay of Altoona, Westvaco and VFW from Tyrone, Fiberglass from Huntingdon, Martinsburg and O. K. Stuckey from Hollidaysburg. The first cycle would end Dec. 21, with the second cycle lasting from Jan. 8 to March 8.
Fred Hutchinson, who led the Cincinnati Reds to their first pennant since 1940 was named the National League Manager of the Year. The Pirates Danny Murtaugh had been the 1960 selection.
Midway through the football season, Tyrone running back Chet Wolford was the Blair County scoring leader with 60 points on 10 touchdowns. Bellwood-Antis running back John Moffa was second with 53 points on seven TDs and 11 PAT rushes. Tom Miller, Tyrone quarterback, had 40 points on five TDs and 10 PATs for third place. Mike Irwin of Bishop Guilfoyle, was fourth with 36 points and Ted Alleman of Altoona, had 30 points.
Teamster president Jimmy Hoffa was subpoenaed by the Senate Internal Security subcommittee in Oct. of 1961. At issuer was Teamsters Union’s relationship with the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, long a target of subversive charges.
The Mine-Mill Union had been tossed out of the CIO 10 years before on charges that its leadership followed Communist lines.
Also subpoenaed along with Hoffa, were three officials of the Mill-Mine Union, who were appealing perjury convictions of false affidavit charges. They were Albert Skinner, president; Irving Dichter, Secretary-Treasurer; and Harold Sanderson, Controller.
On Monday and Tuesday, at the Wilson Theatre, Andre Merrill and Barbara Shelley were appearing in “The Shadow of the Cat,”, getting ready for Halloween, with Oliver Reed, Clifford Evans, Yvonne Romain and Catherine Feller in “The Curse of the Werewolf.” From Wednesday to the weekend, Jerry Lewis starred in “The Ladies Man,” along with Ma and Pa Kettle in the Ozarks,” At the El Patio, strongman Steve Reeves was appearing in “The White Warrior.” At the Super 220 Drive-In Ingred Bergman and Curt Jergens were appearing in “Inn of the Sixth Happiness,” along with “Studs Lonergan.”
Tyrone had to stave off a last-ditch effort from a scrappy State College eleven on Friday, Oct. 27, 1961. In their final home appearance, The Eagles (7-1) held on to defeat State College 32-225, after entering the fourth quarter at Gray Memorial Field up by 20 points for their fifth straight win.
Tyrone took the lead at halftime, with a trio of second-quarter scores, after the first quarter ended 6-6.
With just 3:30 gone in the opening quarter, Chet Wolford recovered a fumble on the Lions 37. Four plays later Tom Miller hit senior end Gary Greene in the left corner of the end zone for the first TD. Ron Cramer’s PAT run was stopped short.
In the second quarter, Sandy Naylor put the Golden Eagles ahead for good barely 30 seconds into the quarter from two yards out. Wolford rushed for the PAT, and also had the big play of the march, a 37-yard effort that carried the ball to the SC-15.
State fumbled on the ensuing kickoff and Tyrone recovered at the State-47. Cramer hit paydirt to cap the nine-play drive and Wolford scampered 26 yards to the State College-3 to set it up.
After State came back to cut the margin to 19-12, it was Greene, making a magnificent catch between two defenders for the seven-yard TD pass from Miller. The drive had started at the 27 of State, where Carl White intercepted a pass.
Tyrone got their final score of the evening in the third quarter with 2:15 to play in the quarter. Miller intercepted a pas to get the ball. On the very first play from scrimmage following the interception, Wolford, who carried 20 times for 162 yards, bolted 41 yards to the to the SC-2 and scored on the next play. Cramer rushed for the extra point to put Tyrone ahead 32-12.
State College roared back to put a pair of final-quarter TDs on the board, but Tyrone was able to move the sticks for one last first down and run out the clock.