I am a lifelong Giants fan and was thrilled to see Big Blue take down the Pats. Two of my old time favorite playerrs were Home Jones and Spider Lockhart. It was sad that Spider died of cancer in 1986. I am looking for a Spider Lockhart jersey. Anyone know where I can find one?
By the way, please note my screen name and I was one of the few people I know that are Giant fans that hung with Eli, and I was there in his first start. I think he has a great future ahead of him.
Did you know that Spider was born in '43 and was 43 years old when he died?
I have to tell you this story...I went to North Texas State U. in 1969 - '73. I took a coaching football class taught by Fred McCain, a funny old football coach at NTSU. I asked him about Spider, being one of my favorite Giants (along with Homer as well :)). He said, "Carl was some type of player. The thing about Carl was he had soo much heart. He thought he could cover Jesus Christ on a down and out! We played Tulsa who had an All American receiver named Howard Twilly. Carl covered him one on one. Twilly caught one pass and Carl caught two that game." If you find a Spider jersey let me know. I think you're going to have to make one up yourself.
Me and some other New Yorkers would go to the Cotton Bowl to see the Giants play the Cowboys. We made a banner out of a bed sheet we displayed there which read "Dallas 4 - 0 and then Along Came Jones".
I have not been able to come up with a Spider Lockhart jersey. The closest I came to one was a gift for the 75 year anniversary team. It was a Giants jersey and the # 43 was stitched on. He was a great player.
I have many fond memories of Carl "Spider" Lockhart.
Always chatting on the field and talking to the opponent, Cowboy Bob Hayes commented "Spider sure does like to talk, and he can back it up too!"
6'8 Eagle WR Harold Carmichael said this about Spider in 1973: "Spider can talk alot, but for a little guy, he stays with me and wraps me up with those long arms. He is not dirty, just chatty with the mouth, trying to get in my ear before the snap"
As an 8 yr old in Feb 1972, I saw Spider play BBall with; Rich Houston, Don Herrmann, Ron Johnson, Willie Williams, Bobby Duhon & Freeman White vs the teachers of New Milford middle school (called Pat Villano middle school after the Principal). I was brazen enough to walk out on the court during Giants players introductions and use my instamatic camera to take pics. The crowd was giggling and Spider picked up on this, pointed at me in the Pics, saying "look at the little man over there with the camera" Spider played point guard (what else?lol) and the Giants players defeated the teachers easily.
1972 Monumuth Junction College for Giants camp, Spider drives up in the gold/black Lincoln or Caddy (I can't remember if it was a Mark III or Eldorado! I was only 8 yrs old) with Fedora hat on and Orange pants, green shirt aka Superfly/Shaft of the era....looking so cool. I wanted to be just like him. Spider was a hero to me and will always be a hero to me.