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The Last Ice Bandit

November 16, 2008

 

Bob Rapoza

Bob Rapoza

Defenseman Bobby Rapoza is the last active member of the Dayton Ice Bandits. Rapoza, 34, in his 13th season of minor league hockey is currently playing for the Corpus Christi Icerays of the Central Hockey League.

 

The Dayton Ice Bandits played at Hara Arena for the 1996-97 season in the Colonal Hockey League (now the International Hockey League). The St. Thomas Wildcats were brought to the Gem City to replace the Dayton Bombers, who moved across town to Wright State University’s Ervin J. Nutter Center. Two teams After a lowsy 13-53-8 record and the team suspended operations and became the Mohawk Valley Prowlers.

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Glue Fingers Lavelli

November 14, 2008

 

Dante Lavelli 1991 NFL Pro Set Cinderella Story card

Dante Lavelli 1991 NFL Pro Set Cinderella Story card

NFL Hall of Famer Dante Lavelli was featured as part of a nine card special edition set in The Official NFL Pro Set Card Book. The book featured a one page sheet of perforated cards featuring players or teams who were deemed a Cinderella Story. 

Lavelli was featured because he played in only three games for The Ohio State University in 1942 before serving in the U.S. Infantry. After World War II he became an original member of the Browns. 

The wide receiver was Otto Graham’s favorite target for the Cleveland Browns’ four All-American Football Conference (AAFC) championships from 1946-49 and NFL championships 1950, 1955 and 1956.  He suited up for the Browns from 1946-56 and caught 86 passes for 6,488 yards and 62 touchdowns. Along the way he was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1951, 1953 and 1954 as well as an All-AAFC award winner in 1946 and 1947.

Lavell was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975 and was also named to the NFL 1940s All-Decade Team.

Back of Dante Lavelli 1991 NFL Pro Set Cinderella Story card

Back of Dante Lavelli 1991 NFL Pro Set Cinderella Story card

 The other Cinderella Story cards featured Pittsburgh Steeler running back Rocky Bleier, New Orleans Saint kicker Tom Dempsey, Chicago Bear defensive tackle Dan Hampton, Houston Oiler wide receiver Charley Hennigan, Oakland Raider quarterback Jim Plunkett, the 1968 New York Jets, 1981 San Francisco 49ers and 1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.