Celebration of '58 Colts set for Dec. 27

August 08, 2008|By Mike Klingaman | Mike Klingaman,Sun reporter

A 50th anniversary celebration honoring the 1958 Baltimore Colts NFL championship team will be held Saturday, Dec. 27, at M&T Bank Stadium, organizers announced yesterday. Tickets will go on sale in October.

Most of the 18 surviving Colts are expected to attend, along with members of the New York Giants, who fell to Baltimore, 23-17, in overtime. That game, played in New York on Dec. 28, 1958, is considered to have launched the NFL toward becoming America's most popular sport.

"Nostalgia for the old Colts is still very heavy, but this is more than just a Baltimore event," said Dorsey Baldwin, co-chairman of the 50th Anniversary Greatest Game Ever Played Committee. "It's to be a universal celebration of the game that really put pro football on the map and made it what it is today."

Tickets for the affair will cost $150. All proceeds will benefit charities - including the Robert Packard Center for ALS research at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation.

The event will be held at The Geppi Entertainment Club Level of the stadium with space for 2,500 people, organizers said.

The Ravens have agreed to pay transportation and accommodation costs for the oldtimers. In addition, Baldwin said, the players from the '58 Colts team - including Hall of Famers Lenny Moore, Raymond Berry, Gino Marchetti and Art Donovan - will be honored Dec. 28 during the Ravens' home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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