the study of the kicking components within sports

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kicking in the 60's

The 1960's gave us a diverse array of topics, including, but certainly not limited to: Vietnam, Bonanza, the British invasion, JFK, surfing, the Berlin Wall, The Sound of Music, Martin Luther King Jr., mop tops, the pill, the space race, Easy Rider, tie-dye, Star Trek, Che Guevara, women's lib, Woodstock, Laugh-in, and Andy Warhol. The kicking world also saw a diverse array of events - some significant, some less so.

1960-1969 The American Football League (AFL) included the option of the two-point conversion after touchdowns.

1962 In the final week of the season, in the fourth quarter, Roger LeClerc’s 9 yard FG was the only score in Chicago’s 3-0 win over Detroit. 

1964 The Buffalo Bills signed rookie Pete Gogolak (Cornell University), the first soccer style kicker.

1965 The NCAA increased the size of permitted tee to 2”.

1966 Bruce Gossett attempted 49 FGs (2-way tie for most in an NFL season) for the Los Angeles Rams.

1966 Charlie Gogolak made nine PATs (3-way tie for most in one NFL game) for Washington against the NY Giants.

1966 Goal posts offset from the goal line, painted bright yellow, and with uprights 20 feet above the crossbar were made standard in the NFL.

1966 NFL NY Giants signed away AFL Buffalo Bills' Pete Gogolak for $96,000 (the largest deal ever for kicker at that time), opening the floodgates which ultimately resulted in the merger of the two leagues.

1967 "sling-shot" goal posts were made standard in the NFL.

1967 Ice Bowl: Don Chandler (Green Bay) vs. Danny Villanueva (Dallas).

1967 Jim Bakken attempted nine FGs (most in one NFL game) and made seven (5-way tie for second most) for St. Louis against Pittsburgh.

1967 Ted Gerela became the first kicking specialist in the CFL.

1968 First NFL game ever played on artificial turf, Kansas City at Houston (on the Astrodome’s Astroturf).

1968 Last time a FG was made on a fair-catch free-kick: Mac Percival’s 43 yarder with 20 seconds remaining gave Chicago a 13-10 win at Green Bay.

1968 Super Bowl II - Green Bay 33, Oakland 14 Packers kicker Don Chandler made four field goals (tied for most in one Super Bowl game).

If I missed anything, please let me know!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great review, thnx!

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