Tony Latone: HOVG?

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Re: Tony Latone: HOVG?

Postby Reaser » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:12 pm

TanksAndSpartans wrote:Just got to an interesting part in Ralph Hickok's bio of Johnny Blood where they are both at the HOF in '73 and Blood is asked by John Bankert and Jim Campbell if any players from his era ought to be in the HOF. His reply included this nugget that I've never seen before:

"Tony was a Jim Taylor type, ran low with real high knee action, and you couldn't hit him hard enough to make him happy. You could just clobber him, you'd think you wiped him out, knocked him out of the game, and he'd get up and grin at you. Like he was saying, 'Is that the best you can do?' If you tried to tackle him low, one of his knees might break your nose, and if you tried to get him high, he'd carry you on his back for five or six yards, and then he wouldn't go down unless a couple other people helped you out. He was also a great linebacker, if he played today, he'd be in a class with Nitschke and Butkus, the same type, a ferocious hitter. And he could also get into pass coverage when he had to."


I've never seen this before, either. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Tony Latone: HOVG?

Postby TanksAndSpartans » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:07 pm

Reaser wrote:I've never seen this before, either. Thanks for sharing.


You're welcome, I was happy to find a quote from a peer that was in the same spirit as the Red Grange quote documented in David Fleming's Breaker Boys book. It had always bothered me that I could never find the primary source of that quote which is listed as Grit Magazine, 1954.
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Re: Tony Latone: HOVG?

Postby Reaser » Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:01 pm

TanksAndSpartans wrote:
Reaser wrote:I've never seen this before, either. Thanks for sharing.


You're welcome, I was happy to find a quote from a peer that was in the same spirit as the Red Grange quote documented in David Fleming's Breaker Boys book. It had always bothered me that I could never find the primary source of that quote which is listed as Grit Magazine, 1954.


The Red Grange quote is the one I knew about, as well. When I saw your post I was similarly happy to see a 'new' one -- which also should say thanks to Ralph for writing the book!
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Re: Tony Latone: HOVG?

Postby sluggermatt15 » Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:30 pm

Latone is a finalist again in 2020. Don't forget to vote for him if you feel this is his year to be enshrined!
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