NEW YORK (AP)-Outlined against
a clear, blue July sky, the Colts and
Giants huffed and puffed yesterdy.
It was a touch football game in Cen-
tral Park, taped for national television,
between the members of the Baltimore
Colts and New York Giants who played
20 years ago in what has been called
"the greatest game ever played."
Football fans of all ages know the
Colts beat the Giants 23-17 in overtime
on Dec. 28, 1958, for National Football
League championship. Not too many
people will remember the Colts won
"It was really nice," said Jim
Parker, an offensive guard for the
Colts. "Twenty years later. A lot of
There were a lot of laughs and a lot of
memories ... memories that put many
back in front of their television sets or
on cold, hard seats of Yankee Stadium
as the former players-in varying
degrees of out-of-shape-dodged and
darted and gasped.
Soon the helmets and pads were gone,
replaced by cigarettes and cans of beer.
The game, which was played in two
30-minute halves, was taped by CBS to
be shown during the NFL season..
The Giants kicked off and the ball
went to defensive end Gino Marchetti.
Marchetti, who became a fast food
magnate and who looks like he eats a lot
of his own hamburgers, froze as
lineman are supposed to do when they
get the ball. Then he lateralled to half-
back Lenny Moore, who faked his way
Johnny Unitas passed five yards to
Moore and 15 to Alan Ameche, who
scored the winning touchdown in 1958.
Johnny U. then hit Marchetti with a 25-
yard toss at the goal. After Ameche was
stopped for no gain, Unitas hit Moore
for the touchdown.
"It's 7-0," said referee Sonny Jurgen-
son, the former quarterback of the
Philadelphia Eagles and Washington
Redskins. "It's 6-0," someone shouted.
"Seven," replied Jurgenson. "I'm
bookin' this game."
On the Giants' first play from scrim-
mage, Ray Berry-who was a receiver
for the Colts and is now a coach for New
England-intercepted a Charlie
Conerly pass. "Charlie hasn't
changed," cracked Alex Webster, who
played halfback for the Giants before
Unitas passed to Berry for a touch-
down to make it 14-0 at halftime, and
cause a small boy to approach Webster
and ask: "What's the matter?"
"We'll come back in the second half,"
Old pros never die.
Unitas put the game out of reach by
passing to Berry Ito make it 21-0 in the
"No. 82, you still got it, kid," a man
bellowed as Berry scored.
Then it was over and Art Donovan,
the defensive tackle who weighs well
over 300 pounds-"I'm just a little
hier now"-said he had a great time
NO, THIS IS NOT an upcoming episode of Celebrity Tickling, but close. Bulky Art Donovan, former Baltimore Colt defensive
tackle, applies the pressure to former New York Giant Dick Modzelewski in a made-for-TV reunion of the 1958 NFL Cham-
pionship Game, which the Colts won in overtime, 23-17. The two teams were brought back together by the CBS brain factory
to be shown next fall during their football broadcasts. Former Washington Redskin signal caller Sonny Jurgenson has the
decision and the winner is ... sorry, you're going to have to wait until the fall to find out. Keep your pants on.
SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
Holmes to spar withAu?
World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Larry
Holmes said yesterday he has offered his services to
Muhammad All in his effort to regain the World Boxing
Association heavyweight crown from Leon Spinks.
During a visit to his hometown, Holmes said he has volun-
teered to be Ali's sparring partner in preparation for the
Sept. 15 title bout with-Spinks at New Orleans. Spinks upset
Ali for the WBA titleFeb. 15.
Holmes, who upset Ken Norton in Las Vegas on March 25
for the WBC heavyweight title, served as Ali's sparring
partner for four years in the early 1970s.
The WBC champ said he hopes Ali will defeat Spinks and
then will retire so that "the living legend will go out as a
As for his own plans, Holmes said he expects to defend his
title in September, possibly against Jimmy Young. But he
said details of the proposed match have not been worked
BERKELEY, Calif.-Greg Foster Maywood, Ill.,
knocked two-tenths of a second off the pneter hurdles
meet record yesterday as the U.S. team took an early lead
in its effort to capture a third overall victory in the 16th
United States-Soviet track and field meet.
Foster finished in 1.46, followed hv the Soviets' Viktor
IN THE WOMEN'S -100-meter hurdles, Tatyana
Anisimova of the Soviets clocked 12.96, to better a 1976
meet mark of 13.09 set by Natalia Lebedeva of the Soviets,
who finished second.
Steve Riddick of Philadelphia won the 100-meter sprint in
10.37, well over his career best of 10.00.
In the women's 100-meter, Evelyn Ashford,; 21, of Los
Angeles sprinted to an 11.22 time, six-tenths of a second off
her career best. She easily outran Russian Lyudmila
Maslakova, who clocked 11.48, almost a dead heat with her
teammate, Lyudmila Kondratyeva. Karen Hawkins, 21. of
Houston, Tex., was fourth.
Louise Ritter leaped 6 feet, 1 3/4 inches for a Stadium
record in the women's high jump Ibut missed at 6-3 3/4,
trying for a meet record.
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CINCINNATI-San Francisco's Vida Blue became the
National League's first 12-game winner, riding home runs
by Willie McCovey and Darrell Evans to a 7-6 victory over
Cincinnati yesterday in the first game of a twi-night
McCovey's homer, the 503rd of his career and 10th of the
season, was a solo blast off Tom Seaver, 9-7, in the Giants'
two-run second inning. Evans hit his eighth of the year to
cap A three-run fifth.
Marc Hill's single and pinch-hitter Mike Ivie's double