Tuesday, September 22, 1970

DRAFT info about Linf 1967 football game vs UH in Honolulu

'Bows finally gain community support

Honolulu Star-Bulletin from Honolulu, Hawaii · page 22 with slight editing by Wildcatville in 2019

Friday, September 22, 1967,

'Bows finally gain community support

By Tom Hopkins Sports Editor

University of Hawaii's biggest post - war football attendance in a university -sponsored game is expected at Honolulu Stadium tomorrow night when the Rainbows battle the Linfield Wildcats at 8.

The term sponsored "university-sponsored” is used because the Rainbows played before a stadium overflow crowd of 28,000 on December 16, 1949.

That game (if it can be called such) was sponsored by the Police Pension Fund.

With Eddie LeBaron in the starring role, College of Pacific (of Stockton, Calif.) discolored the Rainbows. 75-0, a score most of the 23,000 would like to forget.

The biggest post-war home attendance for a Rainbow game without outside sponsorship was against Willamette in 1962 when 9.774 paid their way into the stadium.

Attendance estimates for tomorrow night's inaugural for both clubs are running from 15.000 to 17,000. Paid attendance is expected to run well over 10.000 with students making up the balance. If it turns out that way, it will be one of the biggest student turnouts in modern Rainbow history. Students will be admitted only on identification cards. Pink slips denoting registration will not be accepted.

Sale of season tickets has more than doubled the best previous advance according to Gilbert Tom, who handles the Rainbow tickets. And the stadium reports a brisk sale for the opener.

"All the choice reserved seats in sections 5. 6 and 7 are gone." Tom reported. "It's amazing how many people call up for good seats and tell us they have been solid supporters of Rainbow-football in past years. If they had been we would not have had to give up football in 1961."

Coach Don King today said Chris Bilbro and Curtis Sea-grove would start as linebackers. Bilbro and Jack Spithill were battling for one of the berths.

King is still undecided on the fullback and quarterback jobs. Our guess is that Larry Arnold will start at quarter and Ralph Kaspari at full.

Coach King will send the 'Bows through a light 45-minute workout tonight at Cooke Field.

Coach Paul Durham had his charges out for a half-hour drill this morning at Moiliili Field. He has named quarterback Mike Barrow and safety Joe Robillard as game captains.

The Rainbows have been given the favorites role, a role Coach Durham thinks they rightly deserves.

"We know we are up against a good team but we won't choke," Durham said. "We have a highly competitive team and I am sure we will make it a good game.

"One of our problems is lack of pre-season practice. Because school opened September 1 we haven't been able to hold twice daily drills and for some of our players it's still get - acquainted time."

The Wildcats will be here until Monday afternoon. They will be guests at a luau at the Kincaid home in Kailua Sunday afternoon.  Mike Kincaid is a starting linebacker for the 'Cats.

Text for radio station advertisement on page 22, same page on which story appeared:

RAINBOWS VS. LINFIELD COLLEGE 7:55 P.M. TOMORROW play by play direct from Honolulu Stadium KORL 650kc


The Moiliili field was a baseball field across from the Honolulu Stadium. Our practice was in shorts, practice jersey and helmet...Just to go over plans to review for the game. I remember how packed the stadium was. It was said 20,000. Even had chairs on the sides to seat people. My greatest memory was to play in front of my family and friends. The only time for my parents got to see me play college football.

BOB HAACK, offensive tackle, RECOLLECTION

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Bob – Please email me your recollection…. It can be about anything related to the 1967 game in Hawaii. Above it was John remembered. Also, below is a question.. thanks, Tim

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Question for John and Bob

The 1967 Linfield at UH game in Honolulu was played on a Saturday. Linfield team did not travel back from Hawaii to the Mainland until that Monday. Did that (traveling back to Mainland on Monday instead of Sunday) impact preparation for the next Linfield football game vs. Portland State? It was a loss, the only loss by Linfield in the 1967 season.


15-13 beat Hawaii

24-0 lost to Portland State

27-0 beat Pacific

21-7 beat College of Idaho

40-7 beat Whitman

24-21 beat PLU

16-7 beat Willamette

42-28 beat OCE