“FOOTBALL AT FENWAY”


 

VITO ANANIS

FOOTBALL AT FENWAY  
The Boston Bears claw the visiting Bengals, 29-7

October 6, 1940 ... Hardly recognizable as the same outfit that foundered in their opening American Football League debut against the champion Columbus Bulls last Wednesday, the Boston entry of the local pro footballers served up a mixture of straightaway power and wide open playing to an enthusiastic but meager gathering at Fenway Park.  Enhancing the victory was the fact that two young men from greater Boston contributed to the cause.  Vito Ananis racked up the Bears' second touchdown on a 52-yard scamper with a pass interception.  Tom Nash, Brown's stellar end from Weymouth collaborated on the next score, when he tossed a touchdown strike to Frank Patrick on a fancy end-around pass play.

The Bears scored two more touchdowns on runs by Ernie Wheeler in the first period and Morrie Kohler at the start of the last quarter.  The second time the Bears got the ball, they started an advance from their own 45 which stalled at the Bengals' 12-yard line. After the Bengals punted, Wheeler took the ball at his own 48, sliced off right tackle and cut back into the clear and ambled to a touchdown totally unmolested, thanks to a couple of good blocks.

Ananis almost broke away with one intercepted pass at the start of the second period and when he got the chance again, Vito wasn't going to be denied.  He speared one of Bill Rogers' tosses on his own 48 and was parked behind the Cincinnati goal line before the defenders knew what happened.  The Tommy Nash effort in the third period was produced by one of those end-around maneuvers, on which Weymouth Tommy gained so much yardage last year.  Only this time Nash started to flee backward from his 34 and he heaved one lustily to Frank Patrick, who gathered the ball in at the six yard line.

Morrie Kohler personally set up the final touchdown, moving 23 yards around right end for a first down at the 8-yard line.  In two cracks, he bent the Bengal line backward to plunge across.

 

 

 
 

F  E  N  W  A  Y   P  A  R  K

 
 

 

1

2

3

4

 

R

H

E

 
 

CINCINNATI BENGALS

0

0

0

7

 

 

7

 

 
 

BOSTON BEARS

7

7

6

9

 

 

29

 

 

 

 1st Qtr

51 yd Rush – Ernie Wheeler (Bost)
Warren Negri (PAT)

Cincinnati (0)
Boston (7)

 2nd Qtr

52 yd Rush – Vito Ananis (Bost)
Warren Negri (PAT)

Cincinnati (0)
Boston (14)

 3rd Qtr

34 yd Pass – Tommy Nash to Frank Patrick (Bost)
PAT failed

Cincinnati (0)
Boston (20)

 4th Qtr

2 yd Rush – Morrie Kohler (Bost)
Warren Negri (PAT)

Cincinnati (0)
Boston (27)

 4th Qtr

Safety thru the end zone (Cinci)

Cincinnati (0)
Boston (29)

 4th Qtr

55 yd Rush – Inman Blackaby (Cinci)
Gerdes (PAT)

Cincinnati (7)
Boston (29)