If the blazer fits, wear it
In 1978, Bill Walsh gave Ivan Maisel some secretive information. Fifteen years later, Maisel gave the legendary coach the clothes off his back.
Because of Bill Walsh, I learned that a Hall of Fame head coach put on his pants one leg at a time. Or, 15 years later, that a Hall of Fame coach put on my blazer one arm at a time.
Let me explain: I met Walsh when I was an 18-year-old sportswriter.
As a writer for The Stanford Daily, I went to interview Walsh. You have to understand, I grew up in Alabama, where my concept of the Head Coach As Deity took root. Coaches, or at least a certain one in my state, walked on water. ...
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BILL WALSH: 1931-2007
NAME: William Ernest Walsh.
BORN: Nov. 30, 1931; DIED: July 30, 2007
BIRTHPLACE: Los Angeles.
COACH: Three Super Bowl titles with San Francisco (1982, 1985, 1989); 6 NFC West division titles; 102-63-1 overall in 10 NFL seasons; 17-7 at Stanford from 1977-78, then 17-17-1 there from 1992-94. Also assistant coach with Oakland (1966), Cincinnati (1968-75) and San Diego (1976). Mentored many NFL coaches and assistants.
FAMILY: Wife, Geri; two children, Craig and Elizabeth. Son Steve, died of leukemia at age 46 in 2002.
HONORS: NFL coach of the year 1981; NFC coach of the year 1984; NFL 1980's All-Decade team. Named 49ers general manager in 1982 and president in 1985, then took both positions again from 1999-2001. Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, as well as the Bay Area Hall of Fame and Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame.
News• Field to be renamed after Walsh
• Mourners pay tribute to pioneering coach
• 49ers to honor Walsh with throwbacks in opener
• Former 49ers head coach Bill Walsh dies
Remembering Walsh• Kreidler: A treasure in Bay Area
• Maisel: Two memorable encounters
• Green: Masters talent evaluator
• Maisel: Harbaugh treasures time spent with Walsh
• What they're staying
• Photo Gallery | Timeline
• Hashmarks: 'The consummate teacher'
Video Commentary• Walsh passes away at 75
• ESPN's Steve Young
• Walsh interviews
• ESPN's Sean Salisbury
• Sportswriter Terrence Moore
Audio Commentary• Dwight Clark
• Randy Cross
• Mike Holmgren
• Don Shula
• Mike Ditka and Steve Young
• Former Walsh assistant Denny Green