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Happy Birthday, Gordie Howe.....turns 80 today

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by JR, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. JR

    JR Active Member

    Mr. Hockey.

    I know this was mentioned on the hockey thread but given that he's one of the greatest athletes in ANY sport, it deserves its own thread

    Not only was he one of the top players in three different eras, he may have been the toughest hockey player ever.

    Nice piece by David Amber on ESPN.


    On Feb. 1, 1959, in a game against the Rangers, Howe cemented his place as one of the game's top pugilists after he was sucker-punched by enforcer Lou Fontinato. At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds with a notorious mean streak, Fontinato was considered the league's toughest player. Not on this night. With a series of punches, Howe broke Fontinato's nose, bloodied his face and left him crumpled on the ice.

    Gordie never got into too many fights because no one would take him on.
  2. Chi City 81

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  3. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    Saw some of the highlight's of the Red Wings' Birthday ceremony for him before the game against the Predators.

    Looked like it was really nicely done, definitely a good evening to be at the Joe.
  4. hockeybeat

    hockeybeat Guest

    Great anecdote about the Howe-Fontinato fight. After the game, the then-Rangers PR guy complained to the reporters about their stories on the fight. The Rangers writers had focused on the fact that Howe decimated Fontinato. The PR guy said, "Why isn't anyone talking about the body blows Fontinato landed?"
  5. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    That was the figurative end for Leapin' Louie.

    After Howe beat the crap out of him, his reputation was in ruins.
  6. Happy birthday to the greatest non-Canadien in history.
  7. Ashy Larry

    Ashy Larry Active Member

    Happy B-day Mr.Howe......

    his new hat trick is the early bird special, Wheel of Fortune and metamucil.
  8. hockeybeat

    hockeybeat Guest

    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  9. He could still kick your ass for that.
  10. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    Did any minor-league team sign him up to play a shift?
  11. Ashy Larry

    Ashy Larry Active Member

    Yes he could.....on skates too. He gets one of his paws on me.......
  12. JR

    JR Active Member

    Back in the day there were some who claimed Gordie could have played professional baseball.
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