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It isn't unusual that a fellow like Dr. Abe Mickal, LSU's Davey Crockett of the 1930s, would have trouble remembering his No. 1 football thrill. His pinpoint passing dazzled Tig er opponents and Gov. Huey Long took time out one time to make him an honorary state senator. And his punting duel with the great Sammy Baugh in the rain-splat- tered 1936 Sugar Bowl remains a classic in foul-weather kicking. Twenty-five years dims fond memories but the one that keeps coming back to Dr. Mickal loud and clear is the time he scored on the Chicago Bears. ••• THE Bears were then the terrors of professional football with the awesome likes of Bronco Nagurski, Jack Manders and Beattie Feathers. "It was a game similar to the one today between the college all-stars and professional champions," said Dr. Mickal, named today to Sports Illustrated's silver anniversary all-America team. "It was part of the Texas Centennial and played in Dallas." A crowd of 25,000 saw Mickal put on a brilliant punting exhibition as the college team made history with a 7-6 victory. * * * BUT Abe likes to remember his one-yard touchdown run. It came after Jim Lee Howell, outgoing coach of the New York Giants, intercepted a Bear pass on the 20 and was stopped a yard short of the end zone. "I think it was the first time anyone ever scored through the Bear line," said Abe. "We got the winning point on a pick by TCU's Tal-don aMnton ... he was the same guy who beat us 3-2 in the Sugar Bowl." Mickal was the spearhead of Bernie Moore's first LSU team — the 1935 club that went through 10 regular season games with only one blemish, a 10-7 loss to Rice. ; IT HAD Gus Tinsley and Jeff Barrett at ends, Pop Strange and Justin Rukas at tackles, Bucky Brown and Butch Halveston at guards, Moose Stewart at center and Son Seago, Jess Fartheree and Joe Lawrie in the back-field along with Abe. Mickal came to LSU after an outstanding high school career at McComb, Miss. "Even back then the recruiting Was as competitive as it is today," says Dr. Mickal. "I liked the setup at LSU and was impressed by coaches Ben Ennis and Biff Jones. "I always had designs on medical school .. . after I gratuated I received an offer from the DL nroteosiitetaoin from the eDtroit Lions to pay my way through if I signed with them ... I decided to stay down here ... I officiated high school games to pay my room and board." • ■• •■' DR. MICKAL, who has always been active in LSU alumni affairs, became head of the department of obstet- rics and gynechology at the LSU medical school last year. He and wife Lois have four children — Annette, 17, a senior at Newman; Dinny, 15, sophomore at the Academy of the Sacred Heart; Schaffer, 12, seventh-grader at Newman, and Joanne, 11, sixth-grader at the Academy of the Sacred Heart.
|Title||Dr. Mickal All-Am pick; former pass-punt ace of Tigers scored on Bears|
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Mickal, Abe, Dr.
|Call Number||1960 p159-160|
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