Synagogue bombed; Rams win against Lions 42,28, October 13, 1958

"If we are to live true to the faith that inspired our founding fathers, we must think of our self-respect as a nation. I think we would all share in the feeling of horror that any person would want to desecrate the holy place of any religion — be it a chapel, a cathedral, a mosque, a church or a synagogue."

— President Eisenhower


1958_october_13_sports_2 The Rams blew open a close game to defeat the defending champion Detroit Lions, 42-28. Yes, let that sink in for a minute — the defending champion Detroit Lions. This was a long time ago.

Of course, the Lions entered the game winless in 1958, so maybe they were already evolving into their current dismal form. The score was tied, 28-28, with about two minutes remaining when Earl Morrall’s pass was intercepted by Jack Morris and the Rams, wrote The Times’ Cal Whorton, "weren’t to be denied."

Player of the game: Tom Wilson fumbled the opening kickoff but scored on an 83-yard run in the second quarter.

Paragraph of the game: Another no-quotes story with lots and lots of running. But here’s Whorton’s description of Detroit’s Joe Schmidt missing a potential interception: "He had it in his hands, then dropped it. In agonizing disgust, Schmidt dug his fists into the turf while the capacity crowd of 55,648 moaned in disbelief."

— Keith Thursby

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