Giants started the 1958 season with a dismal 2win 2 loss posture but won 7 of
the next 8 games. They had a nail biting win over the
was when teams played 12 games and the championship game was in late December,
the 28th when the Giants met the
a month earlier, several of my high school buddies were going to a game that was
played at Yankee stadium and the opponent just happened to be the
Brown was their star running back at the time. I don’t remember who I went
with but the guys got on my back, as they often did, saying I should go to the
game with them. “Maybe you’ll get to see your friend
Katcavage,” they chimed in simultaneously.
said, “Love to go with you”! In previous conversations, I told my pals that
the Katcavage family lived next door to me in
went as planned and the game was see-saw but the Giants did win. I had mentioned
to my “buddies” that after the game, I’m going to the locker room to try
to see Jim. They snickered but when the game was almost over I headed to the
locker room and asked if anyone was joining me. They all said, “sure”. There
was a policeman outside the door to the locker room and I approached him.
me a favor,” I said. “Can you take my license and give it to Jim Katcavage.”
The guys encouraged him by saying, “yeah, give the license to Katcavage”,
and chuckled again.
went inside and a few minutes later the door exploded open and out came Jim
Katcavage. He still had on his football pants but his jersey was off and he had
on a tee shirt. He came up to me and threw his arms around me and you should
have seen the open mouths of my friends.
said, “glad you came to see me”! He then asked if I wanted to go into the
locker room to meet some of his teammates.
said I was with friends and he said they’re welcome to come in, too. What an
experience. Jim introduced me as his neighbor from
to meet Charlie Connerly but he was doing an interview. It’s something I’ll
never forget and I’m sure my friends feel the same as me. You all might
remember Jim Katcavage who was one of the “Fearsome Foursome” that also
included Robustelli, Grier and Modzelewski.
played from 1956 to 1968, 13 seasons and was selected as an “All Pro” four
times. Jim was All American at
saw him at CW Post College in the early ‘70’s when he was retired and
assistant defensive coach for the Giants. Does anyone remember that big sandpit
on Duffy near
Jim passed away at the age of 60 from a heart attack in 1995.