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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.
The Boston Globe recently ran an article in which Gino Cappelletti and Larry Garron reminisced about the early days in Patriots history. Both gentlemen are, of course, AFL legends, and members of the Patriots All-Decade Team for the 1960s. Garron, now 79, and Cappelletti, aged 82, have been around the Patriots since the team’s initial training camp in 1960. They played through some rough patches, enjoyed an Eastern Division title, and experienced much individual success. Cappelletti is the AFL’s all-time leading scorer, and Garron was selected to play in four AFL All-Star Games.
I received an extremely rewarding email yesterday from one of our readers, Jim Hastings. Hastings, the Principal at Clinton High School in Clinton, MA, is an old AFL fan and reader of Tales. Yesterday he reached out to me with the following email about how he used Tales from the American Football League to help teach his students about civil rights issues in the 1960s.
Thank you for getting back to me… I’ve posted with you and plan to do so with this info but wanted to share this with you first. I’m the principal of Clinton High School, Clinton, MA. As an east coast Chargers fan, I follow your site consistently. As an AFL fan I was totally surprised watching AFL , Full Color a couple of years ago and hearing about the All Star boycott in Jan 65 in New Orleans. I had never heard of it and have tried to find and read as much possible. Sadly, I feel history has not given it, it’s merits. When I read about Larry Garron of the Patriots, on your site, I said to myself, here’s a man who was a man of history and conscience, and he lives nearby. It took me about two weeks but I had an idea and finally tracked him down. I invited him to come to our school and talk to our students about the game and times. About Civil Rights and the AFL, to our US History 2 classes that are presently studying that theme in their classes. He agreed. It was one of the best days I’ve had as principal. He sat in a chair and talked about the life in professional sports at the time for an African American (supported by examples of our own Bill Russell’s struggles in Boston) both racism and the salaries. Our history teachers were really impressed.
When running down the list of Boston Patriots legends, fans encounter several great AFL personalities – Babe Parilli, Bob Dee, Gino Cappelletti, Jon Morris, Houston Antwine, Jim Hunt, Nick Buoniconti and on and on. Yet there is another man who was a teammate to all of those players. He was a four-time AFL All-Star, and a member of the courageous contingent that boycotted the 1965 all-star game in New Orleans. He is sometimes overlooked at his position by players with bigger names or perhaps better statistics, but he was a member of the Patriots for nine seasons, all in the AFL. That man is Larry Garron.