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1960: Manteca defeats Folsom Prison in baseball

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POSTED August 29, 2010 2:50 a.m.
Fifty years ago, on August 28, 1960, the Manteca Merchants, using a lineup loaded with youth, made their last regularly scheduled game a successful one as they handed the strong Folsom Prison Eagles a 5-3 setback. Several athletes from Manteca High were used and the “youngsters” came through to pick up the win. Walt McDonald went all the way on the hill for the Merchants to pick up the win. The locals also dipped into the grammar school ranks, as Bobby Leatherwood turned in a fine game at second base. Ray George topped the local hitters with three hits in four trips to the plate. The win gives the Merchants,managed by Darell Phillips, a 17-11 record for the season.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

70 years ago: August 29, 1940 - Manteca’s Merchants, local entry in the Central League, took another step toward the pennant this week. The Merchants trounced the leading Solari’s Inn team 4-1 on the local high school diamond Sunday afternoon. Gaines and Espinal had two hits apiece for the Merchants.

60 years ago: August 31, 1950
- The Manteca Merchants ended the 1950 season in not too successful fashion, losing to the Tracy Merchants 6-3 Sunday at Tracy. Curt Patterson was the only Manteca batter to get two hits.

50 years ago: September 1, 1960
- Thanks to the four-hit pitching of Bud Van Nieuwenhuizen, the Manteca Feed Checkerboards are the 1960 champions of the City Softball League. Van Nieuwenhuizen not only hurled the Checkerboards to the win, but it was his single in the top of the eighth inning that scored pinch runner John Phillips from second base with the only run. Phillips’ run enabled the Checkerboards to take a 1-0 win over the defending champs, Ed’s TV.

30 years ago: August 31, 1980 - The East Union High football squad topped off its first week of practice in full pads with a short intra-squad scrimmage Saturday morning on the Lancer practice field. The scrimmage was preceded by a brief picture-taking session, and followed by a barbecue open to players, coaches and their families. Although he still feels it’s too early in the campaign to make any definite statements on the quality of his team, EU head coach Vern Gebhardt expresses pleasure with the way the players performed.

It’s no surprise that Manteca High football coach Walker Vick has had the majority of his attention focused on the point-production unit thus far in his club’s preseason workouts. Last fall, the Buffaloes lumbered to sub-par 4-4-1 record. “Our emphasis primarily has been on offense,” Vick said Friday evening after watching the Buffs go through a 30-minute intra-squad scrimmage. “We’re trying to make our offense successful early so that it will build confidence in our kids.” With the graduation of starting signal-caller Keith Jackson, the Buffs currently have a four-way battle going on for the quarterback slot involving seniors Ron Bylow and Jon Shaefer and juniors Gerald Capps - the starter on last year’s sophomore team  - and Casey Jay.

Manteca’s Chris Carr continued his torrid riding last weekend by riding to three more first-place finishes at the National Short Track Motorcycle championships held in Wichita, Kansas. Those three short track titles, in addition to the three Carr earned two weekends ago at the Scrambles Nationals in Lake Kanapolis, Kansas, gave the 13 year-old whiz a whopping six national titles in one year.
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