Red Storey was one of those Canadian originals who went through a number of different sporting phases in his life, from football to hockey referee to raconteur.
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|Red Storey: All-round sportsman.|
I remember him at a hockey banquet when I was quite young, telling stories and always laughing. To me, a Canadian kid reared on the lore of the Rocket Richard riots and epic football finals at Varsity Stadium, he was a larger than life figure, a link back to those times, and with better stories to tell than the ones in the books I was reading.
So I was taken a little aback this morning with the CP obit run in The Star and many other newspapers this morning -- at least this part:
In one 1938 game, Storey came off the bench in the fourth quarter and rushed for three touchdowns and 102 yards in a comeback win over Winnipeg.
Storey's three touchdowns in a single Grey Cup game are a record since equalled by Jackie Parker (1956) and Tommy Scott (1980; Ross Craig of Hamilton also had three TDs in the 1913 final, and Storey and Craig share the record for rushing TDs in a Grey Cup) -- but none of them put together the concentrated burst Storey managed.
As the Star's Red Burnett noted in the sportswriting parlance of the day:
When the flame-thatched youth decided to rise and shine Argos were trailing 7 to 6 and the greater majority of the 18,846 paying customers very glum, while Winnipeg Blue Bombers' supporters were flushed with the joy of expected triumph.
Mr. Storey soon changed all that by turning in one of the greatest 15 minutes of football toting over seen on the Varsity or any other gridiron. All the 20-year-old lad, who tears along with the speed of a sprinter and the power of an elephant, did was chalk up three touchdowns and make the other possible as the brilliant Argo machine staged a thrilling 24-point rally to snatch victory from the hungry clutches of the Winnipeg gridders to retain their Canadian crown.
Farewell, Red. Thanks for the stories.