Sat. Jun 15th, 2024

During the week leading up to Tyrone’s season opener against Bellwood-Antis on Friday, September 11, 1964, the new bowling season got underway at West End Lanes.
The Tyrone Church League kicked off the 1964-65 season, with other leagues scheduled including the American Legion League and Monday Night Ladies League on Monday, the Happy-Go-Lucky Ladies League, Outlaws, YMCA and Service Club Leagues on Tuesday, Merchants, Classic, Town and Country and the Tyrone-Bellwood Combo Ladies League on Wednesday, Ladies Industrial, Bald Eagle, Powder Puff and Ladies Church League on Thursday and The Poorman, Friday Non-handicap and Rainbow Mixed League bowled on Friday.
The Moose Lanes opened a week later with the Men’s “A” and “B” League scheduled for Tuesday, The Ladies League slated for Wednesday and a Mixed League on tap for Sunday.
The Tyrone Business and Professional Women’s Club held an outing at Bland’s Park with rides, miniature golf and plenty of food to honor the manager, assistant manager and 10 players of the BPW Team that recently had won the championship of League 2 of the Pee Wee Baseball League.
The group left Bilger Field, home of the Pee Wee League, on Friday night, transported by club members for several hours of fun.
Mike Turnbaugh was the manager and Gary Shildt was his assistant. Clint Turnbaugh, Dave McGlynn, Brian Anderson, Dale Albright, Jimmy Moore, Tommy Brower, Dave Frye, Wayne Yeager, Leroy Riggleman, and Tom McNelis were the lucky youngsters. Francis Gurekovich was unable to attend.
The executive committee of the Tyrone Improvement Corporation (TIC) was authorized to take steps to make arrangements to negotiate with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company for the purchase of all or part of the 27-acre Athletic Park tract, then owned by the PRR.
The TIC is considering the site for industrial development. The Group took the action following a lengthy discussion led by Dr. Edwin Hasson, president of TIC, in a meeting held at the Chamber of Commerce office.
In national politics, Senate Democrats pinned their hopes on freshmen liberals to swing the tide in favor of the administration’s health care for the aged program.
Senator Albert Gore, D-Texas, chief sponsor of the program, predicted a four-to-six vote margin for the proposed bill, which carries the approval of President Lyndon Johnson.
The comprehensive program was to provide hospitalization and nursing care benefits for 18 million elderly persons financed through higher Social security Taxes.
For car insurance, Jim Hoover at 563 Oak Street urged the reader to “Save with State Farm.” At the Tyrone News Agency for a minimum charge of $1.50 for black and white film or $2.50 for color, you could get your film processed and get a free role of film along with it. On Wednesdays, there was a Take-Home Special at the Fiesta Dairy Store at 1054 PA Avenue. For the week of the game with Bellwood, it was three hoagies for a buck or 35 cents each. Schulman’s at 1021 PA Avenue offered gym suits for $3.98 made by Mariner by Moore in Endura Loom fabric.
Former St. Louis Cardinals all-time baseball great Stan Musial, who home town was Donora PA, the same town as Ken Griffey, Sr., was hospitalized for what a hospital spokesman described as “dehydration.”
After retirement, “Stan the Man,” remained with the Cards in an executive capacity and was also the head of President Johnson’s physical fitness program.
A.J. Foyt, two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, gave tips for driving safely: Keep a safe distance, Be a good driver, Don’t look for trouble, Leave liquor alone, Have you car carefully inspected, Leave the racing to the experts on professional race tracks.
Included in that same newspaper was the announcement of five youths killed in a speeding car in Greenville, Texas and another telling of five crash victims in Alford, Massachusetts, grim reminders of failure to follow Foyt’s rules.
The big day finally came on Friday, Sept. 11, 1964. Tyrone met Bellwood-Antis at Gray Memorial Field that evening and sent the Bellwood boys back home with a loss to begin the year.
The Golden Eagles stopped an 11-game win streak by the Blue Devils, who had defeated Tyrone 13-6 in 1963 and had won 17 of their last 18 with a solid 39-14 win.
The Eagles scored in every quarter with team captain Tony Singer scoring the first three Tyrone touchdowns on 25-yard pass play from Eagle quarterback Terry Turnbaugh, a two-yard run and a 35-yard dash after picking up a B-A fumble and added a fourth TD later.
Tyrone did not have an overwhelming edge in stats, but was very opportunistic, turning two breaks into scores for a 19-0 first-half lead and was up 32-0 before Bellwood-Antis found the endzone.
“The game was won up front and on defense,” commented coach Schonewolf, “we were pleased with the spirit and hustle of the entire team.”
Following a punt by Bellwood’s Chuck Nau, which Bob McNeal returned 28 yards to the BA-32, Tyrone quickly made the first score. After Turnbaugh ran an option for eight yards, the 6-2, 180 pound junior fired a pass to Singer at the 15. A good block from Max Schnellbaugh gave Singer clear sailing the rest of the way for the TD.
Two pays after the kickoff, McNeal intercepted a Blue Devil pass at the T-48. Five plays later, it was 12-0. A 14-yard run by Singer was followed by a 11-yard burst by Bill Gearhart to the BA-27. Following an incompletion, Turnbaugh found McNeal, who took it down to the two-yard line. Singer blasted over the left side for the score from there.
Bellwood-Antis completed a pass from Colyer to Mays, but Tyrone came up with a fumble on the play, with Singer scooping up the loose ball and racing 35 yards for the his third score of the game. Max Schnellbaugh booted the PAT for a 19-0 halftime advantage.
Reserve quarterback Chuck Hickes opened the second half by providing some fireworks, picking up the bouncing kickoff at his own 21, doing some fancy footwork while picking up blockers before making a cutback near the Blue Devils-40 on the way to a 79-yard TD on the kick return.
Singer recovered a Bellwood-Antis fumble on the first play of the next series at the BA-49 and Tyrone drove the distance in 13 plays for another score. Hickes scooted for an advance of 12, Turnbaugh tossed to McNeal for a gain of 15 and Singer picked up 23 yards on two carries before Singer darted off the left side and cut back to go in for his fourth TD and Schnellbaugh added the extra point.
With the Eagles up 32-0, Bellwood-Antis got on the board in the third quarter, On the first play following the kick, Bud Colyer scampered 68 yards for the TD and junior tailback Denny Campbell ran in the PAT.
With the Eagles ahead 32-7, Bob Keefer picked off a Bellwood-Antis pass at the BA-25. Aided by a 15-yard face mask penalty, the Eagles took just four plays to score. Turnbaugh completed a pass to Schnellbaugh and the senior end took the ball in unmolested and kicked the PAT.
Bellwood-Antis scored the final TD of the evening, with Campbell getting a 27-yard gain and then tossing a 21-yard TD pass to Jim Decker. Campbell rushed for the extra point to complete the scoring.

By Rick