"Now, we're just old guys who happened to play," says Moore, who -- like Ordell Braase, Unitas, Donovan, Jim Mutscheller, Art DeCarlo, Andy Nelson, Madison "Buzz" Nutter, Parker, Jack Call and Fred Schubach -- still lives in the area.
"I work in juvenile justice, and I seldom bring up that I was a pro
football player, unless it is to make a point about values," Moore says.
A point was made about values last month. The Colts reunion drew 1,600 and
raised nearly $250,000 for Johns Hopkins University research in the fight
against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease. And, at Berry's
suggestion, the team stayed for an additional four hours, signing autographs
and trading memories.
It was in keeping with their era.
"That game," said linebacker Don Shinnick, in rare revelation of the
emotions felt by his teammates and the community, "has meant everything to
What it was about
The lasting legacy of the game appears to be the memories it created.
Braase says: "That game gave us stories to tell, and it elevated our community
Louis Grasmick, a Baltimore businessman who helped organize the
anniversary party, says it "created a cohesiveness among the fans and
ballplayers that doesn't exist today."
It was a game that gave Baltimore a joyous moment. City residents can
still remember where they were that day when the Colts won the city's first
major championship. Men who were boys then can still hear car horns blowing
and people cheering.
Nelson Fox, an 11-year-old in 1958, still gets chills when he remembers
that night. He, his older brother Michael and his parents watched the game on
a small black and white television set in their home on Strathmore Avenue in
Fox, now 51, remembers how excruciatingly happy they all were when the
Colts won. He and his brother had immediately begun making welcome-home
"It was total excitement," says Fox, payroll manager for a human services
agency in Dedham, Mass. "We went to the airport. It was freezing cold, and we
stood out on the tarmac for about an hour hoping to see them.
"We never actually saw them -- but just being there, it was euphoric. Even
as an 11-year-old, I could sense the civic pride everyone felt after that
Pub Date: 12/27/98
Turning 40, game still has great hold
Colts: The 1958 NFL championship has worked overtime for its place in the hearts of players and fans alike
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