I just received this e mail. I never saw this site before, and I am busting! A good busting! I am reading this and memories flash through my mind! Saddened to see my brother’s responce, as he died a year and s half ago, and his birthday recently passed. Anyway, I don’t even know who I am writing to, and If I will receive a responce, but I am forwarding this site to other “OLD” Rochdale aquaintances that I keep in touch with. Oh… I am Seena Markowitz. Fred’s sister. Be well xo
Hi, I played for the 1959 senior Lynvets and then for the Garity Knight from 60 through 63. One of the games that still lives with me is the 63 game with the Lynvets at St Raphals. They had a great team, they were undefeated and we were undefeated and it was the end of the regular season. It was a beautiful day for football. There was one play that still geves me goose bumps when I recall it. I played defense and our team had the ball at midfield. I looked up and saw Jimmy Gant (#1) our quarterback rollout behing blockers to the farisde of the field. THe Lynvet defense which was ferocious that day moved to the same farside to close him down. All of a sudden, Jim crossed the line of scrimmage and cut back to the center of the field. He seemed to be the only one moving – all the lynvets were caught flatfooted and Jimmy only had one man to beat – the defensive halfback on the nearside. Jimmy headed straight towards him, frezzing his position and setting up the block by Decatur Rogers our wide split end. Decatur cut the halfback down and Jimmy went the remaing 40 or 50 yards untouched. Decatur was called for clipping ( I dont think he did – but there are no films. Are there? We have been looking for the holy grail films since then. The Lynvets filmed all their games). Jimmy, who passed on last year, was the only offensive player to cross the goal line that day. We finally won on another spectacular play when Little Vinny Mazzili (#17) intercepted a pass in the center of the field and ran up the middle and down our right side 50 or 60 yards. These were moments that are riveted in my memory and they are made more special by the caliber of the opponents against which we played. The Lynvets had some of the best players to play in that league in Mike DeAmato, John Mulivihil, Teddy Horishack, Richie Sardilo, I forget the centers name but he was real good also. They had a thundering back in Doug Berry and so on. (sorry if I’ve spelled someone’s name wrong ). If you played in the league in 63 you knew who the people I named were. You also would know of the people who played with Garity, Jimmy was the league MVP, little Vinny was the Leagues outstanding back, Literally everyone on our offensive line was on the allstar team – Herman Drier(#69) and Gerry Meditz(#68) at Guard, Bob Kletcher(#75), who passed away a few years ago, and the eqally talented John Trezel(#77) at tackles. Bob Werkmeister(#55) at center. It was great team that had the opportunity to be tested by an almost equally great team. Bob Hague, the league president said that the 63 game was the best he ever saw played in Pop Warner football. (I don’t know about best or rating across eras or years thats not what I want to claim – only I do know that when I do think of it – I still replay parts of it in my mind occassionally and it seems almost to good to have been true). I would love to hear from anyone who took part in that game. Regards from Roger Smith #54
I played with the Lynvets, started with the Intermediates in 66 coached by Bob Schmidt and Danny Gershback,played through the seniors with Bob again and won the Divisional championship in 71. It was great and it was a very big part of my life. nicknames i had (viking),(stone hands). Remember??????????
I’m Freddie Markowitz’ wife, Jan. He played for the Chieftains in 1966-67. Freddie remembers Bob Felder, who gave him the nickname, “Clipper.” When the Chieftains played the Jewish All-Stars from Laurelton in a game that was riddled with rain and mud, many players didn’t show up that day, so some players from the Comets helped them out, such as Ben Walker and Jerry Wiggins. (Actually, Ben may have been a Chieftain; the memory doesn’t work as well as it used to. LOL)Freddie says, “The All-Stars were winning by a score of 20-0 at the end of the 4th quarter, so, being the ‘gentlemen’ that they were, they offered us a fifth quarter to give us a chance to score. With less than 5 minutes to go in that game, the player who I was up against gave me a forearm, sending my face mask downward, and breaking my nose. Our coach, Max Seleznow, took one look at me and saw two black eyes. Max wanted me to sit down, but I insisted on going back in. He sent me in as a middle linebacker instead of a tackle. Ben and Jerry (not to be confused with those two rich ripoff ice cream guys), two of the toughest and nicest black guys I ever knew, called a huddle. Jerry said,” They broke Brother Freddie’s nose; we’re gonna kick their a$$e$.” Our defense waited for the All-Stars to line up. As soon as the quarterback yelled “Set,” Jerry and Ben, along with the rest of the line, purposely went offside to avenge my broken nose. We never scored another point, but I think we won the fight! When that game ended, so did my short-lived football career. On the Chieftains, I either played center or right guard, next to Marvin Mevorah. Check out our website at www.bestweb.net/~spazjump. If Jerry, Ben, Bob Felder or Marvin are still alive and well, I’d love to hear from all of them. Man, those were the days…!
My husband, Freddie Markowitz, played for the Chieftans. I’m not sure what the years were, but he graduated from Springfield Gardens HS in 1968. He was talking about Ira’s brother, Marvin, just last night. This is meant to be that I found this site. I was doing a search on a bulletin board for Rochdale Village and I found this. If anyone would like to get in touch with Freddie, please feel free to e-mail him as he would love to hear from old friends since he is now disabled.