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1970: Serious injuries plague East Union High

Seventy years ago, on September 8, 1940, Manteca's Merchants were bid a dramatic farewell in the final Central League playoff. In a game that was booked as the playoff to determine the second half winner and predicted to be a hotly-contested battle throughout, it turned out to be nothing short of a farce. The final score was Solari's Inn 17, Manteca 1. The Solarians pounded Bill Enders, Lentz Greenhalgh and Pete Evenson before Manager Harold Garvine threw in the sponge and it was agreed to call the game at the end of the seventh inning.

September 12, 2010 | | Sports History


2000: Frosh Daniel Teicheira leads SHS grid win

Seventy years ago, on September 5, 1940, football practice at the local high school has gotten right into the thick of the sporting scene in Manteca again as Coach Larry Siemering and his assistant sarge Stan Hawkins are hard at work rounding the boys into shape for the coming season. Calesthentics and fundamental drills prevail. Rico Bianchi, former star Buffalo back and linemen, and last year's standout blocking back for the University of San Francisco, has been helping the local mentors in their task of lining out the aspirants.

September 05, 2010 | | Sports History


1960: Manteca defeats Folsom Prison in baseball

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 ...

August 29, 2010 | | Sports History


1950: Manteca semi-pro grid team tops Hayward

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.

August 22, 2010 | | Sports History


1950: New Manteca High football, baseball coaches

Sixty years ago, on August 3, 1950, for the first time in its history, Manteca High School will have two full-time physical education instructors. Selected to be head of the P.E. department and also head baseball coach was Arte Fairbanks. Head football coach and assistant in the P.E. department will be John Fekete, a graduate of Ohio University in 1946.

August 01, 2010 | | Sports History


1970: Mantecans going to Frisbee championships

Ninety years ago, on July 17, 1920, the boxing bouts held at the auditorium proved to be a great success. The main event between Soldier Day and "Battling" Abrew was not up to expectations. They were both very cautious and managed to keep out of reach of the other's right hand through the entire go. Day was in fine trim and sent many hard jolts that shook Abrew up. Abrew, however, was there with his left hand striking clean blows. Day took the decision. Sammy Moreno, Manteca's prize boy, knocked out Monk George of Modesto in the second ...

July 25, 2010 | | Sports History


1920: Boxing contest promises to be a ‘hummer’

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.

July 18, 2010 | | Sports History


1930: Schneider tops in world as bull rider

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 ...

July 11, 2010 | | Sports History


1980: Babe Ruth 13’s open tourney with win

Ninety years ago, on June 21, 1920, heavy hitting by Patterson and numerous errors by Manteca lost the game for the locals. The score was 12-6 in favor of the Panthers. Manteca lost the game in the second inning when the Panthers put six runs across the plate. Three glaring errors in this frame helped the Patterson runners along. "Red" Gutterson of the Sperry Flours, who filled in at short for Manteca, made three errors and helped toss the game away.

June 27, 2010 | | Sports History


2000: Nylen, Taylor win Bulletin scholarships

10 years ago: June 14, 2000 - The Sierra Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball team continued its early-season tear through the league with a pair of resounding victories in Tracy on Sunday to improve to 4-0. Sierra defeated Tracy Green 20-4 in a five-inning first game and 12-0 in the second five-inning game. In Sunday's opener, they scored nine runs in the fourth inning. The big hit was a three-run homer by Matt Berezay. In the next inning, Sierra added 10 runs to complete the 17-hit blowout. Besides his homer, Berezay also connected for a pair of doubles. In the second ...

June 13, 2010 | | Sports History


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1914: Locals claim extra- inning game on dusty field

One hundred years ago, on August 17, 1914, the Battery C team from Stockton, with "Gus" Brock as pitcher were lined up as opponents to the Merchants. Free watermelons, a gift from Mr. Powers, and though much appreciated, did not draw many to the game. The game went into the tenth inning, when the Merchants got the deciding run and won a hard-fought game by a 5 to 4 score. Elmer Blodgett pitched the first six innings for our team and Lagorio took over for the final four innings. An attempt to water the diamond previous to the game was ...

August 24, 2014 | | Sports History


1984: Swift, Foster are MVPs in all-star softball games

Thirty years ago, on August 7, 1984, the Manteca slow-pitch all-star softball team proved that their lopsided victory last week was no fluke as they pounded out 31 hits,including four home runs, en route to an easy 27-6 win over the Tracy all-stars at Northgate Park. Larry Starkey clubbed a three-run homer and a two-run shot, both in the third inning. Starkey also had two singles on the night to wind up with four hits and six RBI. Pitcher Darren Swift was named MVP of the game as he had three hits, scored three runs and scattered 12 Tracy ...

August 08, 2014 | | Sports History


1974: Duncan, Bobson, Brocchini on All-Star grid team

Thirty years ago, on August 2, 1984, Manteca's teenage golf standout, Kevin Wentworth, will be back on the fairways today and tomorrow trying his luck in the Salinas Junior Tournament at the Salinas Country Club. The Manteca High sophomore-to-be is coming off his two best performances in Junior golf competition. Last weekend, he claimed his first-ever overall championship in Modesto and followed that up by taking his second overall title four days later in Sacramento. After his Salinas stop, the 15 year-old will move on to the Las Positas Junior next Monday and Tuesday in Livermore. Wentworth is second ...

August 01, 2014 | | Sports History


1984: Gase pitches Babe Ruth no-hitter

Twenty years ago, on July 2, 1994, the Manteca Babe Ruth 13 year-old all-stars came alive to capture the District 1 championship at Ripon High on Saturday. Coach Ron Kackley's boys exploded for 10 early runs en route to a14-10 victory over Modesto. The win qualifies the local squad for the Central California State Tournament which starts in Lompoc on July 13. Troy Vick and Rich Rocha each had three hits, including one double apiece, to pace the Manteca attack. Rocha drove in four runs.

July 04, 2014 | | Sports History


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