1967 Vikings preseason

1967 Vikings preseason

Postby JohnR » Mon Jun 21, 2021 8:40 pm

Anybody have a program or two from Minnesota's preseason games? I'm trying to figure out what QB wore #16 in a game vs the Falcons. Another question would be, when did the Vikings sign Kapp?
Was that a development that came late in the summer when the front office found that filling Fran's shoes wasn't going to be so easy?
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Re: 1967 Vikings preseason

Postby Brian wolf » Mon Jun 21, 2021 10:42 pm

You cant blame Bud Grant for bringing Kapp with him from Canada but I wonder if Jim Finks thought about drafting Bob Griese ? I think if the Dolphins hadnt grabbed him, the Vikings might have considered it with the #8th pick but who knows ? Houston, Denver and Detroit needed QBs as well.
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Re: 1967 Vikings preseason

Postby Citizen » Tue Jun 22, 2021 6:39 am

I'm pretty sure it was John Hankinson, whom the Vikings drafted out of Minnesota the year before. He was cut after the game you mention.
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Re: 1967 Vikings preseason

Postby JohnR » Tue Jun 22, 2021 1:57 pm

Hankinson...OK! I found a program for the following week's exhibition w/ the Browns and he's not listed. Thanks.
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Re: 1967 Vikings preseason

Postby Bryan » Tue Jun 22, 2021 2:37 pm

Jim Haynie of West Chester State is listed as a rookie QB on the 1967 Vikings preseason roster. He doesn't have a number assigned (none of the rookies do on this roster listing), but I believe he was #16 for the Pottstown Firebirds as King Corcoran's backup.
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Re: 1967 Vikings preseason

Postby JohnH19 » Tue Jun 22, 2021 3:35 pm

JohnR wrote:Another question would be, when did the Vikings sign Kapp?
Was that a development that came late in the summer when the front office found that filling Fran's shoes wasn't going to be so easy?


Hi John! I hope you’re doing well.
Kapp did arrive late to Vikings camp. I’m not exactly sure when he finally arrived but I believe he missed all of the preseason games. The delay was caused by him being part of a complicated three way deal between the Vikings, BC Lions and Toronto Argonauts.

Kapp wanted to go back to the US and the Vikings’ Jim Young (“Dirty 30” as he came to be known) wanted to come back home to Canada. The Lions wanted Young but Toronto held his CFL rights so BC traded a couple of starters to the Argos for his rights. The Vikings got Young waived through the NFL and the Lions did the same with Kapp in the CFL and the rest is history.

Edit: I consulted my copy of Kapp’s autobiography and his first appearance as a Viking was in the Week 2 39-3 loss to the Rams. This was the game in which Kapp, upon entering the game, famously introduced himself to the Fearsome Foursome by cursing at them from across the line of scrimmage.
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Re: 1967 Vikings preseason

Postby JohnR » Tue Jun 22, 2021 4:01 pm

Bryan wrote:Jim Haynie of West Chester State is listed as a rookie QB on the 1967 Vikings preseason roster. He doesn't have a number assigned (none of the rookies do on this roster listing), but I believe he was #16 for the Pottstown Firebirds as King Corcoran's backup.


Coincidentally, Hankinson wore #16 at U of Minn. Given a choice I think he'd have snagged that number. The Vikes-Browns exhibition program from 9/10/67 lists three QBs; Kapp(11), VanderKelen(15), and Berry(17).
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Re: 1967 Vikings preseason

Postby Retro Rider » Tue Jun 22, 2021 5:48 pm

Not much to go on but Hankinson quarterbacked in the Vikings 16-3 pre-season win over Atlanta on Sept. 2 (first game of a doubleheader at Cleveland):

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=0 ... 0%2C556708

Minnesota signed Joe Kapp the very next day:

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=g ... 5%2C586970

Hankinson was cut two days later:

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=g ... 9%2C978564
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Re: 1967 Vikings preseason

Postby JKelly » Thu Jul 01, 2021 10:19 am

Did the Vikings have to compensate Washington? Washington did draft him in 1959. Not sure if they still held his NFL rights in 67.
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