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1920: Boxing contest promises to be a ‘hummer’

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POSTED July 18, 2010 2:18 a.m.
Ninety years ago, on July 16, 1920, a fine card has been arranged for the second event in the boxing contests under the auspices of the Manteca Athletic Club at the Auditorium tonight. The main event will be staged by Soldier Day from Oakdale, the fighting ex-soldier, and “Battling” Abrew from Oakland. Abrew knocked out Henry Smith of Modesto in the second round at the last bouts. These two fighters mixed to a fast draw a few years ago and the bout should be a hummer.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

60 years ago: July 20, 1950 - Tuolumne broke the Manteca Merchants’ four-game winning streak, 2-1 in 10 innings, at Tuolumne Sunday. Manteca’s only run came in the first on Bob Wheeler’s single and a double by Pete Evenson. The winning run was scored in the bottom of the tenth when Wheeler made an error with a runner on third to end the ball game. Wheeler collected two hits off Tuolumne hurler Gus Hallbourg.

The Manteca Junior American Legion was dropped by the Oakdale Post in a sloppily played game Sunday at Manteca. The final score was 8-6. Leo Cardinal had two hits for Manteca, one of them a triple.

Coach Al Pellegrini estimated there will be 35 candidates for berths on the Manteca Falcons semi-pro football team for the first contact session this week.

50 years ago: July 21, 1960 - The Manteca Merchants, led by the brilliant two-hit pitching of Gene Frechette, advanced into the second round of the Western States Invitational Semi-pro Baseball Tournament in Atwater by upsetting the strong March Air Force Base of Riverside last Friday night. Frechette, making his first start in more than six weeks, was in control all the way to lead the locals to a 4-2 win. The win for the Merchants was their fifteenth of the season.

The McFall-Grisham Junior Legion team ended its season on the same unhappy note that followed it through most of the year as the club dropped both of its final weekend contests. Saturday, they dropped a 7-6 decision to Ed Stewart Post of Stockton, and on Sunday they finished their season by dropping a 7-5 contest to the champion Manuel Roxas Post. The locals finished their season tied for fifth place with Escalon. Both clubs finished with 6-12 marks. Eron Grisham relieved starter Walt McDonald in the eighth, but McDonald was tagged with the loss in the Stewart game.

Catcher John Holbrook and pitcher Walt McDonald joined Tim Brumley by being named to the District 11 Junior Legion all-star team. The team will be coached by Manteca’s Bob Bandy and will play District champion Manuel Roxas Post of Stockton in Lodi on July 27.

40 years ago: July 15, 1970 - Manteca’s 14-15 year-old Babe Ruth all-stars, recently selected by the Manteca coaches, will open the District 4 of Northern California tournament Thursday in Newman. The locals’ opponent will be the North Tuolumne County squad.

30 years ago
: July 18, 1980 - Manteca’s 13 year-old Babe Ruth Baseball team came back in the losers’ bracket of the Central California tournament in Lompoc Monday with a gutsy effort, but it wasn’t enough as the Mantecans suffered a 4-3 loss to Santa Maria and thus were eliminated from the tournament. Trailing 4-0 in the seventh inning, the local stars scored three times in the final at-bat. An error, four stolen bases, two sacrifices and Carl Dunbar’s base hit accounted for the Manteca runs.

Local product Troy Vickerman turned in a standout performance while Modesto’s Joaquin Construction erupted for six runs in the eighth inning to capture the District 5 Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball championship with an 8-2 victory over Calaveras Sunday afternoon on the East Union High diamond. Vickerman, a graduate of East Union High and a member of the local Tradeway Chevrolet Babe Ruth team. was picked up by Joaquin at the end of the local season, along with fellow Mantecans Scott Morris and James Matas of Ace Tomato. The fire-balling left-hander went the distance Sunday afternoon, striking out 12, walking seven and allowing five hits.

The Manteca Dolphins swim club closed out Trans-County Conference action on a down note last Saturday, dropping a close meet to Escalon, 356.5-328.5, at the winners’ pool. The defeat left the local swimmers with a record of 2-2. The locals produced a pair of triple winners in Kevin Wentworth and Julie Ann Brinton.

Host Lodi punched across runs in the fourth and fifth innings to hand Manteca an 8-5 defeat last night in a second-round battle in the Central California Babe Ruth 14-15 State Tournament staged at Lawrence Park. The defeat--coupled with Friday night’s 9-2 triumph over Bullard of Fresno - leaves Manteca with a 1-1 record in the nine-team double elimination event. Victor Deanda finished with two of Manteca’s five hits in the loss to Lodi, while Mike Emperador, Phillip Yepez and Frank Padilla got the others.
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