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1950: Manteca semi-pro grid team tops Hayward

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POSTED August 22, 2010 1:54 a.m.

Sixty years ago, on August 19, 1950, the Manteca Falcons semi-pro football team opened their 1950 season in Tracy with a victory that proves that the Falcons are going to be tough to beat this year. They out-ran, out-passed and out-charged the Hayward Raiders to the tune of 52 to 0. Quarterback Don McCormick threw three touchdown passes and ran for another to lead the win. His scoring tosses went to Bud McMurdo, George Azevedo and Earl Sasser. McMurdo and Azevedo also ran for TD’s. Lloyd Sellers and Vern Kuhlman also scored for the Falcons.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

60 years ago: August 24, 1950 - Playing manager Fred Lacey set Solari’s Inn down with two hits to gain a 5-1 victory for the Manteca Merchants Sunday at Linden. Fred Hubbard, with two hits in two times at bat and two runs batted in, led Manteca on the offensive side. Pete Evenson also had two hits for Manteca.

50 years ago: August 25, 1960 - Thanks to an iron man performance by young Bob Baldwin, the Bi and Bi Market team won the championship of the Pee Wee League. After pitching the final game of the second half on Friday, Baldwin came back on Saturday to pitch in a losing effort to Manteca Motors. This gave the Motors nine the second half title, while Bi and Bi had already annexed the first half crown. The championship contest was played Monday morning and once again, Baldwin took the hill. It was his third game in four days but the right-hander came through with a no-hit, no-run effort to give Bi and Bi a 1-0 win. Baldwin accounted for the only run as he singled in the first inning, went to second on a sacrifice and later scored on a single by John Tubbs. Julian Edwards got the only other hit for the winners.

40 years ago: August 21, 1970 - Youth baseball champions were decided with Manteca Motors winning the Pee Wee crown and Foster Farms Dairy taking the Junior League title.

Center Plumbing defeated Western Motors 4-2 to win the adult fast pitch softball title. Dick Griffin paced the winners’ batting attack with three hits,including a triple.

Eavenson Construction scored six runs in the final inning to defeat St. Paul’s Federated Church 8-5 for the A division slow-pitch softball championship.

30 years ago: August 22, 1980 - The preconditioning sessions of weight lifting and running are over for the two local high school football squads. Now it’s time to get down to business, put on the pads and start pounding away. East Union and Manteca Highs will kick their football workouts into high gear tomorrow morning after what both teams feel was a very successful start. “The first week of conditioning went real well for us,” EU Coach Vern Gebhardt commented Saturday afternoon. “Everybody we expected showed up and everybody adjusted real well from their summer vacations.”

Manteca High assistant coach Mickey Founts noted that the Buffaloes will go through two workouts a day with the initial session scheduled from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Just as was Gebhardt, Founts reported head coach Walker Vick and the rest of the MHS staff were extremely satisfied with the way things went during the preconditioning week.

Chris Carr is at it again. The 13 year-old motorcycle sensation and eighth grader at Manteca’s Lincoln School added three more national titles to his already impressive collection during the Scrambles National competition at Lake Kanapolis, Kansas last weekend. The young Mantecan, who has claimed four national titles in previous competition, captured first-place victories in the 85-cc modified (12-14 year olds), the 100-cc Schoolboy and 100-cc Amateur categories.

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