Sports of Santa Cruz County (Images of America)

By Geoffrey Dunn

Its inviting weather, attractive rugged mountains, and inviting shores have regularly made Santa Cruz County a haven for athletic actions. a wide selection of carrying endeavors, a few past the norm, have referred to as Santa Cruz domestic over the a long time. within the nineteenth century, Santa Cruz served as a springboard for contemporary browsing. It used to be an early bastion for prepared baseball, too, starting within the 1860s, and it used to be domestic to a chain groups as early because the 1870s. different colourful athletic actions happened the following (including hearth hose groups, long-distance strolling, and bicycling), besides extra conventional American activities like basketball, soccer, boxing, and tennis. The area boasts of a powerful culture of girls athletes besides, particularly Marion Hollins, probably the best all-around lady athlete of the early twentieth century.

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Wilson went directly to a sensational collegiate profession, hurling no-hitters at either Cabrillo collage and San Francisco country college, the place he was once named an All-American after an 11-0 season in 1986. He used to be later inducted into the Gators’ athletic corridor of popularity. He performed professionally within the San Francisco Giants association. (Paula Panelli. ) forty nine Santa Cruz Pony League all-stars have been perennial contenders for either district and neighborhood titles. The 1961 staff was once no exception. This picture positive aspects, from left to correct, (first row) Pete Pappas, Frank Moreno, Danny Braga, Bob Scott, batboy Jeff Gordon, Pete Pini, and Doug Harlow; (second row) trainer Allen, John Boegel, Curt Fetty, Dave Rector, Chuck Farrar, Larry Griffin, Kim Joslin, and Gary Zabrosky.

1910 real-photo postcard of the Santa Cruz waterfront depicts viewers from Bakersfield, Oakland, and l. a. aboard a Faraola release, skippered via Lorenzo Zolezzi (third from left). The seize proven the following contains 32 silver salmon weighing in at 350 kilos. The little dinghy is termed the Del Rey. The fishermen are pointed out at the again of the cardboard as “Dr. [August Francis] Schafer, pass judgement on Creeley, C. C. Bain, H. S. Bain, and Dr. [Frederick J. ] Crease. ” 108 Gladys and Ralph Giordano carry a 25-pound Pacific sea bass simply off the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf throughout the summer time of 1941.

383 common. After batting . 322 the subsequent yr within the Western foreign League, Brovia was once pointed out to the PCL San Francisco Seals. He was once the most feared hitters in PCL background and was once named to the best-ever PCL crew. ultimately, on the age of 33, after sixteen years in expert baseball, Brovia obtained his probability on the significant leagues, whilst the Cincinnati Reds referred to as him up for a cup of espresso in the course of the 1955 season. 33 During the Nineteen Twenties and Thirties, so much groups within the Monterey Bay area—Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Salinas, Monterey, Hollister, and Gilroy—hosted proficient eastern American baseball groups that performed in hugely aggressive leagues opposed to one another, with video games scheduled on Sundays.

Within the first row are the Daubenbis brothers, Ed (left) and Charles. Santa Cruz’s lengthy heritage of geared up baseball dates to the 1860s. in line with Leon Rowland’s notes on dossier on the college of California, Santa Cruz’s specific Collections: “1868: On Christmas day at 1 o’clock, p. m. , there'll be a Base Ball fit performed on Rountree’s land, close to new slaughter residence. these wishing to benefit from the sight are invited to be current. ” one other access notes: “1871: Saturday, April 2, online game ‘for ball and county championship’ performed close to racecourse.

121 122 Among the most well-liked summertime leisure actions in Santa Cruz is the Junior Lifeguard and Little protect software, subsidized by means of the city’s standout parks and activity division. this system, initially for boys, yet now coed, started within the mid-1960s, with dozens of region athletes engaging in its rigorous aquatic actions. a number of destiny activities stars and neighborhood leaders participated within the 1968 application, led by means of teachers Kim Sundberg (top left) and Tom Brunnell (top right), together with Greg Heath, Craig and Wade Lindquist, Mark Geiseke, Mark Dettle, Billy Starrs, Phil Boegel, Ken Whiting, Bruce Sundae, Rick Erlin, Dave Tambellini, Tim Tucker, invoice Mitchell, John Bagnall, Lloyd Johnson, invoice Reese, Mike Tomas, Steve Schneider, Ivan Foote, Charlie Dellamora, and 4 of the Malley brothers—Randall, Bruce, Russ, and Brian.

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