Ninety years ago, on July 24, 1927, there were many strange faces in the Gustine lineup and, from comments heard, it looked more like a Central League team, but at that the Manteca boys waded right through and won a brilliant victory, 12 to 5. The battery work of “Fat” Flores and Benny Hooper was exceptionally good. That, combined with the hitting of Emil Theiler, Joe Codiga, Dusty Miller and Hooper, and the fielding of Louis Bianchi in center, featured the contest. Theiler and Codiga got four hits each. The umpiring of Azevedo gave general satisfaction, it was said.
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100 years ago: July 27, 1917 – Manteca came out of it last Sunday with a good team and defeated the Stockton Athletics 8 to 7. With Mobley in the box and speed officer Jess Priest behind the bat backed up by a good infield, they played a good game.
80 years ago: July 29, 1937 – Friday night, the Menzie softball team from Stockton evened up for last week’s defeat by handing a 4 to 1 beating to Spreckels Honeydews. Although three errors were charged to each team, Manteca’s all came in the fourth inning and three runs scored. Lyle Percival had two hits for the local squad.
60 years ago: August 1, 1957 – Mike’s Calla Market finished the first half of Little League play undefeated to earn them the undisputed title of first half champions. The Calla Market team is comprised primarily of Calla-area boys.
Johnny Brazil won the special feature of Manteca Night at Stockton’s 99 Speedway last Saturday. Brazil finished first in a borrowed car (he had blown the engine on his in the main event) ahead of Charlie Brown and Bert McMillan in that order.
50 years ago: July 28, 1967 – First baseman Jack Able took the team batting crown for the 1967 American Legion Junior Baseball season of the McFall-Grisham Post. Able was named the batting champ by Coach Walker Vick at the annual Legion dinner held Tuesday at the Lotus Garden in Manteca. Able, in his last year of Legion competition, led the club with a .370 batting average.
40 years ago: July 27, 1977 – Forced to play three games in as many days, Azevedo State Farm Insurance was defeated for the second time Monday by Mountain View in the Central California Babe Ruth 16-18 State Tournament in Lompoc. The State Farm nine had lost the opener to Hollister 7-4, but bounced back Sunday to stay alive with a 10-4 win over Menlo Park. In that game, Bob O’Rourke, Rick Hogan and Mike Morenzone divided six hits to pace the win. Coach Bob Leatherwood praised pitcher Tim Vick’s efforts in the Mountain View loss. State Farm was held to four hits.
Pitcher Frank Boesch has been named the Manteca Babe Ruth League’s Most Valuable Player, it was announced Monday. The 15 year-old Boesch had a 5-2 record on the mound with a 0.86 ERA. This season, he allowed only 30 hits, while striking out 73 batters. He pitched for the Tradeway Chevrolet team. His prowess at the plate was equally impressive, earning a .452 batting average. He was also named MVP earlier in the year on the Manteca High frosh-soph nine.
West Side came back from five runs behind in the final two innings to edge Manteca 6-5 last Wednesday evening and eliminate the local all-stars from the District 5 Babe Ruth 13 year-old tournament in Lodi. The winners took advantage of four walks and a base hit to push across five runs in the bottom of the seventh to notch the win.
30 years ago: July 26, 1987 – Despite a strong outing by Donnie Hall, Frank’s Exxon could never break out of its offensive hibernation Tuesday as San Mateo posted a 3-1 decision to eliminate the Manteca club from the State Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball tournament in Fresno. San Mateo pitchers fanned a total of 11 Manteca batters. Steve Clark scored the only Frank’s run in the fourth inning on an infield out.
With Eric Wohle turning in an outstanding individual performance and three Manteca Dolphins relay squads combining for four new league marks, the Dolphins garnered second place in the Mid-Valley Swim Conference championships Saturday in Los Banos. Ripon captured the overall championship with 578 points, followed by Manteca at 482.5. Wohle, who broke three league marks in the 13-14 boys division, collected his fourth high point trophy this season. Wohle took the 100 freestyle in 50.45, won the 50 butterfly in 25.93 and captured the 50 backstroke in 28.33, all records.
20 years ago: August 5, 1997 – Finishing a perfect 4-0, including three shutouts, the Manteca Rangers Arsenal girls soccer team captured the championship of the Sacramento United Suntan Holiday Tournament during the weekend. The Arsenal, an under-19 state premier soccer squad composed of players from Manteca and Modesto, clinched the season-opening tourney with a 2-0 victory over the California Cougars of Stockton on Sunday. Monica Pires put the Arsenal on the scoreboard midway through the first half, with help from Rosalie Ordez. In the second half, teammate Reyna Green scored an unassisted goal.
10 years ago: August 8, 2007 – The Manteca Babe Ruth 15 year-old all-stars’ amazing post-season run came to an end Monday night after a 9-0 loss to South Reno in the Pacific Southwest Regional Tournament at Tokumoto Field in Hanford. Ryan Knisely collected Manteca’s first hit in the bottom of the first inning. Manteca’s next hit came in the bottom of the seventh off the bat of Kevin Allen. Reno, meanwhile, racked up 13 hits in the game.