Happy Birthday, Tom Louderback, Joe Scarpati, and Horace King!

March 5th, 2013  |  Published in Milestone Birthdays  |  1 Comment

Tom Louderback 1962 Fleer football cardThree players in the Vintage Football Card Gallery are celebrating milestone birthdays today: Tom Louderback is 80, Joe Scarpati is 70, and Horace King is 60.

Tom Louderback played linebacker from 1958 to 1962 for the Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders, and Buffalo Bills. Prior to that, he played one season in Canada for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. There is a nice article about Louderback’s career, in his own words, on the Tales from the American Football League web site.

According to oldestlivingprofootball.com, Louderback is the 494th oldest living professional football player. He appeared on one football card, the 1962 Fleer card pictured here.

Joe Scarpati was a defensive back from 1964 to 1970 for the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints. In 1966, Scarpati led the NFL with 182 interception return yards, on eight interceptions. I learned today that he was also the holder for Tom Dempsey’s record 63-yard field goal in 1970. Scarpati appeared on at least six football cards and stamps. His rookie card, a 1967 Philadelphia, is pictured here.
Joe Scarpati 1967 Philadelphia rookie football cardHorace King 1978 Topps rookie football card
Horace King was a running back from 1975 to 1983 for the Detroit Lions. King’s best season was 1978, when he gained 1056 total yards rushing and receiving. Prior to his pro career, King was one of the University of Georgia’s first African-American football players. He is pictured here on his rookie card, a 1978 Topps.

Happy birthday, Messrs. Louderback, Scarpati, and King!

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  1. Jim from Downingtown says:

    March 5th, 2013 at 7:44 PM (#)

    That was Scarpati’s only season in NOLA. He returned to Philly for 1971, but a pre-season injury ended his career.

    Dempsey booted the record FG, then was cut less than a year later!