Hockey Berra?

November 26th, 2009
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“He was a pugnastic individual”. -

Red Horner, describing King Clancy on Legends of Hockey

It’s often sports figures, like the legendary Yogi Berra, that turn what would otherwise be Stupidisms into bon mots. The Legends of Hockey series was often disappointing, in that it rarely did justice to the early years of the game – like Ken Burns did with baseball. The unfortunate airtime given Stan Fischler is just one example.

But when it stuck to interviewing the living legends, like Horner and others, the spirit of the early years was tangible. Frank Clancy was a one-of-a-kind, whose phenomenal playing years are unfortunately almost unrecorded on film, so that he’s more remembered as the bit of a caricature he became in his later years. Like many of Berra’s best fumbles, this one of Horner’s cries out to be a real word. Maybe one day it will be.

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By John Weissenberger