FLYERS’ STANLEY CUP HERO BOBBY CLARK WITH CLASSIC FANG-TOOTHED FACEOFF FACE, SPECTRUM 1975


flyers center bobby clark 1975 in faceoff circle

Flyers' center and perennial all-star, Bobby Clark, wears his classic fang-toothed expression while waiting for the puck to drop. A few days later, Clark, who was very quiet and shy, signed the photo, simply writing: "Bob Clark." The Flyers and Sixers were always around the building, and because of that familiarity, I didn't see them as anything special, in comparison to the rock stars who visited the Spectrum once every two or three years. © ROGER BARONE 1975.

FLYERS’ CENTER BOB CLARK: THE SPECTRUM (1975)

I had always wanted my very own version of this picture and here it is!

This photos was taken from the Zamboni tunnel, where I along with my colleagues on the Flyers’ Ice Crew watched the games. It was an incredible view. I saw Dale Rolfe get beaten to a pulp by Dave Shultz from a few feet away. Later, we had to scrape Rolfe’s blood from the ice surface.

Clark preferred to be called Bob, rather than the fans’ favorite younger brother form, of Bobby. His wife often sat in the very first row to the right of the goal judge. Three seats were reserved for the Spectrum’s Director of Operations, Colonel Frank Herbert. He often gave the seats to on-duty Philadelphia Police officers who were working the game.

In hindsight, I wish I would have photographed more of the athletes and special shows that visited the Spectrum. I met so many people. Two of the New York Rangers helped me push a cart of glass down a ramp one evening. They saw me struggling, and each grabbed a side of the cart. Roger Neilson was one of the players.

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~ by photosfromphilly on March 14, 2011.

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