Thirty years ago, on August 16, 1987, landing a tryout from a NBA team was exactly what Scott Brooks wanted, but when the team turned out to be the Detroit Pistons doing asking, he had to admit he was a little awestruck. “I was surprised the team offered me one,” said Brooks, who left the Los Angeles Pro Summer League as the free agent’s Most Valuable Player. The Lathrop lad who starred at East Union High before becoming a hit at Delta Junior College and UC Irvine, averaged 16 points, four assists and four steals per game in no more that 18 minutes per outing.
In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:
90 years ago: August 18, 1927 – After suffering defeat at the hands of Modesto two weeks ago, the Manteca Maulers came back last Sunday and won the game from the Escalon Giants by the line score of 8 to 7. Lyle Percival had three hits for the Maulers and Joe Codiga, Joe Bianchi and Benny Hooper collected two each.
80 years ago: August 19, 1937 – Several local people had the opportunity to meet Young Corbett, former welterweight champion of the world, here Tuesday afternoon. Anthony Dinubilo of the Dinubilo Brothers wholesale tobacco and liquor dealers of Stockton, introduced the popular fighter to local friends.
Jim Barber, employed in San Francisco during the summer, came home Monday to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Barber, until next week when he will leave for Washington, D. C. to join the Redskins, professional football eleven. He played with this team last season in Boston, the team having been taken over by Washington.
The Spreckels Honeydews softball team defeated the Helm Chevrolets of Modesto the second time this season at Recreation Park Friday night 3-1. Each team was held to three hits, Ernie Theiler of the Honeydews driving out a clean triple in the first inning. Other locals with hits were Dink Percival and Frank Lourentzos.
60 years ago: August 22, 1957 – Mike’s Calla Market, winners of the local little league title this year, was finally beaten, but it took an all-star team to do it. The Calla Market team was defeated 5 to 4 last Thursday evening.
Members of the Manteca Recreation Commission were pictured officially turning on the new lights recently installed at the City tennis courts on Center Street. Chairman Jim McGlynn flipped the switch as members of the commission and Recreation Director Joe Jacobs looked on.
50 years ago: August 16, 1967 – The Manteca Recreation Swim Team participated in its first Trans-County Swim Conference meet over the weekend in Tracy and distinguished itself by placing third in a field of seven. Coach Gene Christensen expressed immense satisfaction with the performance of the whole team and pointed out the tremendous individual feats of Bonnie Buck (four first-place medals), Kathy Buck (three first-place medals), Greg Williams (two first-place medals); also, Janet Olsen and John Sanders (one first-place medal) as examples.
Milo’s Sluggers clubbed their way to two straight wins to take the best-of-three Pee Wee League World Series. The Sluggers lived up to their name and flexed their muscles in winning 12-1 and 17-9 over Manteca Ford. Dan Reed collected a single and a double for Milo’s in the first win and Rick Gallegos had four hits and was the winning pitcher in the second game.
40 years ago: August 17, 1977 – Frank Edwards and Greg Listman singled in the top of the sixth inning, paving the way for two unearned runs to break a 1-1- tie and give Manteca Drug a thrilling , come-from-behind 3-1 win to clinch the Junior League championship . Listman also walked and scored a game-tying run in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk by Perry Moore. Mike Sumner contributed with a double for the victors. Doug Huckabee was the winning pitcher in relief for the second straight game, striking out two batters in the sixth. Edwards started on the mound for the champs, allowing only one unearned run on two hits and striking out a whopping 13 batters in five innings.
30 years ago: August 16, 1987 – It’s back to basics for football players at Manteca and East Union High Schools. Monday marked the beginning of conditioning week for the defending Valley Oak League Buffaloes, while EU began working out the kinks on Tuesday, despite unfamiliar chilly conditions. Manteca head coach Bob Lee welcomed 52 gridders to camp, while EU mentor Jim Brown estimated a turnout of 45 for opening day.
20 years ago: August 17, 1997 – The Manteca Rangers United under-14 girls’ soccer team opened the1997 season with a pair of shutouts and a 1-0-1 record in the opening day of the Turlock Summerfest Tournament Saturday. Led by Shaina Medeiros and Michelle Promes, the Rangers pounded the Fresno Bullard Strike 5-0 in the tourney opener. Medeiros scored a hat trick—three goals—while Promes punched in a pair of goals and an assist.
Not leaving anything to chance, the Manteca duo of Eric Parsons and J. R. Becko posted its second straight 11-under-par round of 61 to capture the championship flight of the California State Two-man Scramble by a whopping six-stroke margin on Sunday. Keyed by a pair of eagles, the local duo finished the two-day event with a 122 total on the Manteca Park Golf Course. Each earned $260 in prizes.
10 years ago: August 22, 2007 – The Manteca Futbol Club Extreme, a first-year, under-16 girls’ soccer team, battled the South San Jose Tornadoes to a 1-1 draw through two overtime periods before losing to the Tornadoes on penalty kicks 4-2 in the title match Sunday in Burlingame. Malia Almeida scored the only Extreme goal in regulation, while Lexi Ziakas and Abigail Rosas converted Manteca FC’s penalty kicks. Goalkeeper Moriah Fallon recorded 13 saves for Coach Kathy Ziakas’ side.