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Photo of the Day: Staubach’s Coming Out Party

Roger Staubach was languishing on Navy’s bench as Navy’s 1962 football season got underway.  Coach Wayne Hardin finally gave the sophomore from Cincinnati a chance to start in the fourth game of the season and a Hall of Fame career was born.  Our Photo of the Day from RMY Auctions shows Roger the Dodger and his coach at the high point of that season, celebrating a big win over Army.

Staubach had been a high school star in Cincinnati before enrolling at the Naval Academy.

With President John F. Kennedy watching from the stands, Staubach completed 10 of 12 passes for 204 yards but confounded Army with his ability to escape trouble.  He ran for 54 yards as Navy won the fourth of what would be five straight games over their arch-rival.

Coach Wayne Hardin Roger Staubach 1962

“He would scoot and scamper and duck and dodge, gambling many yards by retreating, then suddenly circle away from pursuit and throw a strike,” wrote sportswriter Red Smith after Staubach ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more on a bright, warm, sunny late fall day in Philadelphia.

Hardin became the first Navy coach to beat Army four times in a row.

The UPI telephoto measures 7×9 and was the original photograph used to create the wire photos that were transmitted around the world that day.  It’s among the items in RMY’s July auction which concludes Tuesday.  Registration and bidding are open at RMYAuctions.com.

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