Getting Ready for the All-Star Game

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1/10/63 – SAN DIEGO, CALIF:  Practicing for Sunday’s second annual American Football League All-Star game here are (l-r): end Ernie Warlick of Buffalo, end Charlie Hennigan of Houston, halfback Dick Christy of New York and end Jim Colclough of Boston.  UPI TELEPHOTO CA/fs

Todd Tobias (790 Posts)

Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.

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5 Responses to Getting Ready for the All-Star Game

  1. Art Moug says:

    Todd: Did you get the list of AFL books that I e-mailed to you last Friday (Nov. 9)?
    Just want to make sure you received it okay. If not I will try again.

  2. Rick Smith says:

    Often seen at The Bar of Music, 62nd and El Cajon Blvd., owned by the ubiquitous Dion Rich.

  3. Tom says:


    I noticed a 1963 AFL Game program autographed by Cookie sold recently on ebay for about a grand. In 1971 playing for Utah State, I played gainst Cookie’s cousin Mack Gilchrist, Mack was UNLV’s starting running back and like Cookie was a big back, The game was historic for both schools, it was UNLV’s first game ever against a D 1 opponent, that few remember. The following year 1972 UNLV made the leap for good and joined the ranks of D1. In 1973 under entirely different circumstances and different school, I played a game on the field in the photo Balboa Stadium.

    The player in the background of the photo # 55 Marv Matuszak, born in South Bend In and played at Tulsa? Something about that alone demands explanation.

    Marv was pretty good, drafted in the third round by the Steelers in 1953, after HOF’s Doug Atkins and John Henry Johnson an before HOF’s Bob St Clair, Stan Jones, Jim Ringo, Joe Schmidt and Rosey Brown that were real good. Charlie Ane was also in that draft and his nephew Fie played with me at Utah State, what a tremendous talent and personality he was, now long gone, but never forgotten.

  4. Tom says:

    Got to love Hennigan’s shoes, with showy laces, Charlie grew up in a generation half removed from mine and half removed from my dad. The taping of ankles was once considered taboo, thought to weaken the ankles and cause dependency and increase injury.. The ankles were supported soley with socks, high tops,.

    If looks are deceiving Christy may be the poster boy, in1962 his 2147 APYd is the AFL record. Cookie Gilchrist 1565, Keith Lincoln 1688, Clem Daniels 1784, Paul Lowe 1843, Billy Cannon 2043 and Abner Haynes 2100.

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