Spike was ten years old. The Pats were called the Boston Patriots. A brand new expansion team. They didn't have a football field of their own. They were playinig their home games at the old Braves baseball field and Boston College Field.
They were holding their practice sessions at the East Boston Stadium. Spike would go down there after school and watch them practice. Gino Cappalletti was their star player. When he wasn't on the field, he would sit beside Spike and tell him what the team was doing. Gino gave him a rule book for professional football that the umpires studied. Spike read that over and over. Today, he can still tell you the rules and penalties. Spike was at just the right age to get into trouble. I wish someday I could meet Gino. I would like to thank him for helping me to keep my kid out of trouble. Spike didn't realize it at the time, but he was right there at the start of the history of the New England Patriots.