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1928 clipping from,
A Documentary Scrapbook of Football in Frankford,
original source publication not identified.

Fait Elkins Sets Record; Scores From Kick-off on Run of Ninety-eight Yards

Indian Also Makes Long Runs in Game in Which Chicago Cards Are Beaten 19-0

Fait Elkins started and finished his first game for Frankford last Saturday and was so delighted with his regular he-man's job that he created history in the National Professional Football League.

The 1928 model of the immortal Jim Thorpe made a touchdown from a kick-off -- a 98-yard run through a broken field

It was the first time this feat has been performed in the National League competition. Rudy Comstock, Frankford veteran and one of the old-timers of the pro game, don't [sic] recall the happening in the last decade or more.

Fait, who used to be the National Decathlon Champion, now a short story writer, furnished his own idea for a "best seller" at the start of the second-half of the Chicago Cardinals game.

Catching Duke Slater's kick-off on his two-yard line, Elkins stuck the leather lemon under his arm and started running. Instead of delayed transit with red lights to impede, Elkins found an open track ahead and by means of express speed didn't stop running until he planted the ball behind the goal line.

Not a hand was laid on the flying red-skin. He side stepped several would-be Chicago tacklers, but left the last one behind at midfield. The last half-century was a solo dash with Elkins playing solitaire on the run.

That run was the finest ever made at Frankford. The fans rose as one and cheered the Indian to the echo. The outburst lasted for several minutes after Elkins kicked the goal after the touchdown for the seventh point.

 Frankford won the game -- naturally. Two other Jackets crossed the Chicago goal line and the final count was 19-0. It was the eighth league victory.

Hust Stockton plunged over the last wide stripe in the second quarter. He was two yards out when he tested his frame against the Chicago forward wall.

Carl Waite made his debut as a Frankford touchdown-bearer in the third quarter, skipping along the sidelines for eighteen yards after catching a forward pass tossed by Stockton. His fox trot also ended out near the goal posts.

Elkins, in addition to his long run, was the most effective ground-gainer of the afternoon, ripping off advances of anywhere from 2 to 16 yards. The Cardinals stopped him on few occasions.

Bill Springsteen, who used to cavort for the Jackets, was the most aggressive player among the visitors. He was shifted to center in the first period, when Ralph Claypool, Perdue, star of yesteryear and Cards pivot, sustained a broken nose.

Claypool had his injury dressed, donned his "civvies" and gamely watched his mates go down to defeat from a seat on the bench during the second half.


1928 clipping from,
A Documentary Scrapbook of Football in Frankford,
original source publication not identified.

Elkins' Dash Beat by 2 yards Run Made by "Bob" Remmey Against Phila. Quakers

The famous run by Chief Fait Elkins against the Chicago Cardinals last Saturday when he returned the kick-off 98 yards for a touchdown was the first time that this feat has been accomplished not only in Yellow Jackets Stadium, but in all the years that Frankford has been a familiar figure in the pro-grid world.

The nearest approach to this wonderful feat was the record which has stood since 1920, made by "Bob" Remmey against Heinie Miller's All-American Philadelphia Quakers, at the Phillies' Ball Park, when he dashed 96 yards for a touchdown.

Real dyed-in-the-wool followers of Frankford will never forget Bob's run. The star backfield ace and one of the greatest grid warriors to ever sport the colors of Frankford in the chalk-striped gridiron, stood with his back to the goal line. Stan Cofal, of the Quakers, dropped back for a field goal, but the ball fell short into the waiting arms of "Bob" and like a flash he was off. After passing midfield only Cofal remained in the race and as Remmey neared the goal line Cofal made a flying dive and they both rolled over into the end zone together. The fans went wild, it looked like Armistice Day, but Frankford lost this Hectic struggle 10-6.

"Bob" retired a year or so later, but has been an interesting spectator at most of the Yellow Jackets games ever since, but it just so happened he was absent last Saturday and failed to see the fleet Indian eclipse his record by three yards.