Zsa Zsa Gabor, at a football rally at Frankfurt, Germany, in 1954.

Zsa Zsa Gabor, at a football rally at Frankfurt, Germany, in 1954. (Red Grandy / ©Stars and Stripes)

FRANKFURT, Sept. 26 — Vivacious blond movie queen Zsa Zsa Gabor precipitated a near stampede here when she appeared as special guest at the Frankfurt Black Knights' football rally before its game with Bremerhaven's Blue Devils. Despite a number of verbal passes, neither team scored.

More than 1,500 fans whooped it up as the beautiful Hungarian-born star appeared shortly before 9:30 pm for the pregame hoopla at the Frankfurt Athletic Club.

Whisked to the stage by rally master of ceremonies Capt Don Taylor and Maj Fred Gerken, European Armed Forces Professional Entertainment Branch, Zsa Zsa was adopted by the Frankfurt team as the "Sweetheart of the Black Knights."

"You are so very nice to me that I adopt all of you for myself," lovely Zsa Zsa told the ogling football team.

When the pandemonium subsided, she accepted a bouquet of yellow chrysanthemums from Black Knight coach Andy Ippolito.

Then the fun began. Zsa Zsa offered to autograph the programs of both teams. The press of players and fans kept her busy signing the famed Gabor name for 20 minutes.

USAREUR athletic expert Dr. Dudley DeGroot, former pro and college grid coach, shared guest billing with the film star who is making a new movie in nearby Wiesbaden.

When it appeared Miss Gabor might be a trifle late, DeGroot extended his remarks, noting —

"I've had 20 years of top notch football experience but this is the first time I've shared billing with a movie star as glamorous as Zsa Zsa. If she doesn't show up, the only thing you'll see is me. They used to call me the Boris Karloff of pro ball."

But Zsa Zsa did show up. And when Taylor blew the final whistle ending the autograph scrimmage, Miss Gabor was still in top form though somewhat shaken.

"Your football fans are most enthusiastic," she said.

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