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Regarding the historic Phillips Field recognized in your Neighbors section on April 13 and “Remembering Phillips Field” (Views, April 17): As a great-grandson of I. W. Phillips, I have been blessed to hear some other stories about Phillips Field. Here are a few:

In that 1964 American Football League preseason game, the victorious Buffalo Bills were quarterbacked by Jack Kemp, who later became a great Republican politician.

Phillips Field had a horseshoe configuration open to the east and sat directly on the Hillsborough River. Some still remember those days, when on field goal and extra point attempts, the ball sometimes ended up in the river!

Legendary Coach “Wild Bill’’ Minahan — who delivered Hillsborough County’s first state football championship during his tenure at Jesuit — first endeared himself to the Tampa area when he played quarterback for the University of Tampa. A few years ago, when chatting with Coach Minahan, who, with his wife, Martha, has visited most major professional stadiums in the country, he shared with me his love for his first major stadium: Phillips Field!

Dale Kimball


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