Category Archives: Boston Patriots

A Look Back at Jim Lee Hunt

Last week I read a nice piece on the Boston Patriots’ Bob Dee that had been forwarded to me by a Tales reader. This wee that same site posted a new article on Dee’s linemate, Jim Lee “Earthquake” Hunt. Hunt was often overlooked in a line up that featured Dee, Houston Antwine and Larry “Wildman” Eisenhauer, but his play ranks him up with the best of the AFL’s defensive linemen. A 10-year player, Hunt was not a stereotypical lineman in size, standing just 5’11” tall and weighing in at 255 lbs. However, his play answered any questions that his stature might raise. “Earthquake” was a four-time AFL All-Star and four-time Second Team All-Pro. read more

Kentucky Babe – A Book Review

I was bouncing around on eBay a couple of weeks back and came across a book of which I had no prior knowledge.  Kentucky Babe is a biography of Babe Parilli, written by Dick Burdette and published in 2011.  Parilli had just passed away on July 15 of this year, and thus was at the forefront of my AFL mind.  I made the purchase, and began reading on my flight to Chicago.

Kentucky Babe runs 391 pages, and covers Parilli’s life from his birth in 1930 through the Jets’ victory in Super Bowl III.  The book was well-researched, and packed full of information.  As the title may suggest, I felt that the author dug a bit deeper into Parilli’s collegiate years than  he did his professional career.  The chapters covering Babe’s college days were full of detailed stories, lots of interaction with Coach Bear Bryant, and in-depth information about the turnaround of the Kentucky squad with Parilli under center. read more

AFL Legend Babe Parilli Passes Away

Babe Parilli, a quarterback who had and excellent career in the AFL with the Raiders, Patriots and Jets, after playing his first five seasons in the NFL, passed away today at the age of 87.  The Patriots website posted an article on Parilli.

Former Patriots QB Vito ‘Babe’ Parilli Passed Away

“Earthquake” Hunt Gets His Man

jim hunt and john hadl

I am in the midst of scanning more than 1,000 vintage Chargers images from the 1960s.  Tons of game action from the entire decade.  I very much enjoy looking at the details of each photo, identifying the players, checking out the backgrounds, stadium backdrops and the like.  I came across this image from the August 27, 1966 preseason game between the Chargers and Patriots at Balboa Stadium.  The image shows the Patriots’ Jim Lee Hunt hitting John Hadl on a pass rush,a move that would likely get him a 15-yard penalty today, but was perfectly legal in the 1960s.  Jim “Earthquake” Hunt was a four-time AFL All-Star and one of just 20 10-year AFL players. read more

Two Former Patriots – Garron & Cappelletti

autographed 1966 topps larry garron

#006 – Larry Garron

Here is a neat piece in which Patriot greats Larry Garron and Gino Cappelletti, recall the organization’s earliest days.  They share a collective 20 years in a Patriots uniform (19 of which were spent in the AFL), 80 touchdowns and nine AFL All-Star Games.  It could be said that no two players better represent the early Patriots than Garron and Cappelletti.

Two Former Patriots Recall the Team’s First Season read more