Richard Nixon was vice president, Washington still had its original baseball team and Alan Ameche was the toast of professional football as he led the Baltimore Colts over the New York Giants in the famed overtime game that decided the NFL championship.
It was 1958 and until this year, it was the last time Annandale had a football team with a losing record.
This season's Atoms, however, struggled in with victories over undistinguished opponents in its final two games to finish 4-6. Between this year and the 4-5 record of 1958, Annandale had three undefeated teams and in 1966, 1967, 1972, 1975 and 1978 produced teams considered among the best, if not the best, in the metropolitan area.
"I got down at times," said Bob Hardage, whose 20-year coaching record at Annandale is 171-45-3. "But these kids kept picking me up. No matter what happened in the game, they were back out there on Monday trying to work as hard as they could. This was just one of those years where we didn't have a lot of experienced kids and we were a little slim in talent."
Although many factors have led to Annandale's fall in the Potomac District, it is hardly time for opponents to start scheduling the Atoms as patsies for future homecoming games. Hardage started 15 sophomores at various times during the season.
"Things like this happen every once in a while," said Hardage, "But I'll be real disappointed if we end up this way again next year."
In 1978, Gar-Field advanced to the Virginia State AAA football final before settling for the runner-up position. Since then, not one Commonwealth District representative has even made it past the first round of the Northwest Regional playoffs.
This year, the chance of placing a Commonwealth team in the regional finals may be very good because two of the four berths will go to Commonwealth teams. Gar-Field, which finished 10-0 by defeating arch rival Woodbridge Friday, earned an automatic berth.
Osbourn Park, which lost to the Indians but finished 9-1 overall, was awarded the regional at-large bid.
Georgetown University's baseball team finished the fall season 18-0 under new Coach Larry Geracioti, easily the best autumn ever for the Hoyas. Much of the success is due to the Northern Virginia players on Georgetown's roster.
Although no statistics are kept in the fall season, which is used as a prep for the spring, major contributors for the Hoyas were sophomore pitcher Chris Shebby from O'Connell High, junior outfielder Joe Rabil (Annandale), sophomore outfielder Terry Belt (O'Connell), junior outfielder-catcher Richie Esser (South Lakes) and catcher Mark and first baseman Matt Lepnew, junior twins from Osborn.
George Mason, the Clarke County tailback, closed the Virginia Group A Bull Run district football season in style Monday night by overrunning George Mason, the school.
Mason, the player, scored four touchdowns and had two others called back on penalties as host Clarke County went on to a 41-6 victory to finish 8-2 overall, 5-1 in the district. George Mason, the school, finished 2-7-1, 1-4-1.
Gar-Field finished its regular season with a 12-game winning streak, longest in the metropolitan area. Herndon, McDonough and Bowie have won 10 straight and Carroll and McNamara have won their last nine.
On the down side, Oakton's loss to Robinson Friday left the Cougars 0-9-1 for the season and winless in 12 straight, tying them with Surrattsville and Dunbar for the area's longest streak of futility.