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1930: Schneider tops in world as bull rider

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POSTED July 11, 2010 1:51 a.m.

Ninety years ago, on July 5, 1920, Elmer Blodgett played a real comeback. He had turned in his suit to Manager J. J. Peltier over some remarks by busy bodies that he was too slow for the Manteca team. His resignation was accepted and at once, the Sperry’s of Stockton, the strongest team outside the big league in the valley, grabbed him. In a game today, he beat the Best team, strong combination, by the score of 2-1. The Stockton papers speak very highly of the work done by Blodgett. The fact is that Blodgett is one of the best pitchers in the valley and if he had time to practice would lead them all.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

80 years ago: July 10, 1930 - Johnny Schneider, Manteca boy, was one of the star performers at the Livermore rodeo, held on July 4, 5 and 6. Johnny is the world’s champion bull rider and the most versatile cowboy in the business. He appeared in eight different events each day in the show.

70 years ago: July 11, 1940 - Harold Garvine’s scrappy Merchants finally came into their own Sunday when they unloaded a barrage of extra-base hits off the slants of Talbot and Werle of the Sunnyside Inn nine to breeze through with an easy 12-9 win in a Central League contest. Harry Lourentzos, catching Al Enders’ twists in the final five frames, came through with two doubles and a home run to lead the batting parade for the afternoon. Pete Evenson, center fielder, and Enders also connected for four-ply swats during the encounter.

60 years ago: July 13, 1950 - The Manteca Merchants won out over the Tracy Merchants 9-5 at Manteca Sunday to stay in a four-game win streak. Bob Wheeler collected four of Manteca’s eight hits, a single, double and a triple.

The Manteca Junior American Legion closed out its regular 1950 baseball season with an 8-4 loss to Karl Ross Post of Stockton. The Stockton team won the league championship. This loss leaves Manteca with a 5-5 season record and third place in District 11. Ronald Lacey led the Manteca boys with two singles and three runs driven in.

An opportunity for advancement was the cause of Coach Bob Theiler’s resignation from the high school faculty. Theiler has accepted a position with newly-formed Shasta College, a junior college located in Redding. Theiler has been at Manteca High for the past three years and last year was head of the school’s athletic department. He assisted Earl Klapstein in producing two championship football teams in 1947 and 1948. Last year, Theiler produced one of the most powerful football machines ever turned out at the local high school.

50 years ago
: July 14, 1960 - Led by the shutout pitching of Eron Grisham, the McFall-Grisham Junior Legion team broke even in two games over the weekend by downing Sharpe Depot 1-0 and losing to Karl Ross Post 10-9 on Sunday. In the Sharpe Depot game, the story was all Grisham, as the young right hander tossed a five-hitter to gain his first shutout of the year. The locals collected only two hits off Sharpe’s Dick Cook, but they made them count to score the only run of the contest. Les Jones singled to score Manteca’s only tally. Gary Heaton got the other Manteca hit.
The Manteca Merchants staged the comeback of the year last Sunday to tie up the ball game in the bottom of the final inning, but sloppy play on the part of the locals finally gave the Hughson Merchants an 8-7 win. Jerry Guibor took the loss for the Merchants.

40 years ago: July 8, 1970 - The Manteca Soccer Club and the Tracy Soccer Club battled to a 2-2 tie this last Saturday night after the fireworks display at Schmiedt Field. Approximately 1,700 spectators watched the local soccer team come from behind in the closing minutes of the second half to tie up the highly-rated Tracy squad.

30 years ago
: July 9, 1980 - Victor Deanda came around to score the deciding run on an errant throw from centerfield and Adrian Racacho’s four-hit pitching combined to lead Manteca’s 14-15 Babe Ruth all-star baseball team to its third straight District 5 tournament victory last night, 3-2, over Stanislaus County at Del Webb Field in Modesto. The triumph leaves Manteca the only unbeaten team in the tournament. The strong lefthander went all the way, striking out 11 batters, while walking six. Doug Huckabee led the locals with two hits.

The Souza’s Air Conditioning-sponsored Babe Ruth 16-18 baseball team drew a curtain on its Tri-County League season Sunday afternoon by splitting a doubleheader with the Ripon Merchants at Manteca High. Ripon gained a 5-2 victory in the opening contest, but the locals bounced right back behind the pitching of Keith Jackson to take a 5-3 decision in the nightcap. Jackson lasted all seven innings for the victory, striking out four, walking four and allowing seven hits. The righthander also did a bit of damage with his bat as he collected two hits and two RBI. Souza’s managed only four hits in the opener as Frank Triglia, Todd Hardcastle, Mike Delmanowski and Steve Vasquez all singled.

The Tradeway Chevrolet-sponsored Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball squad felt the wrath of one of the finest squads in the Tri-County League Sunday afternoon, dropping both ends of a doubleheader to undefeated Joaquin Construction on the East Union High diamond. Joaquin posted a 6-1 victory in the opener and took advantage of a four-run fifth inning to gain a 4-2 decision in the nightcap. The locals gained their only run in the initial contest in the fifth inning when Mario Pacada reached first on a walk, stole second and then came around on an RBI single by Robert Elwood. Harry Yonemoto got the only other Tradeway hit, a sixth inning single. In the nightcap, Troy Vickerman sailed through the first four innings on a one-hitter. But his good fortune came to an abrupt halt in the fifth as Joaquin was the beneficiary of three walks, two errors and a triple. Yonemoto, Pacada and Damon Griffin all ended the second contest with two hits apiece for Tradeway.

The Ace Tomato Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball squad concluded a fine season of Tri-County League play Sunday afternoon by sweeping a doubleheader from Riverbank at Manteca High. In the opener, Ace starter Brian Keeney held the visitors to just four base hits while his team breezed to a 5-0 shutout victory. Chris Louie and Ronnie Limas had two hits apiece in the win. Keeney walked just two batters while striking out eight in posting the shutout. James Matas turned in an equally effective pitching performance in the nightcap as the Mantecans copped a 7-3 triumph. Gerald Capps and Scott Morris each had triples for the winners in the game. Matas gave up five hits and four walks, while striking out 11 Riverbank batters.

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