Santa Maria Valley Sports History Club holding presentation on July 10 | Local Sports

ByTommie C. Curtis

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The Santa Maria Valley has a prosperous, vivid sports history.

Considerably of that background will be on show following thirty day period at the Elks Lodge in Santa Maria.

The Santa Maria Valley Sports Background Club is holding a presentation detailing all sporting activities in the valley on Sunday, July 10 at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Elks Lodge No. 1538 is located at 1309 N. Bradley.

Some of the Santa Maria Valley Sporting activities History Club’s presentations will concentrate on the founding of the Center League and Guadalupe Minor League, youth baseball leagues that had been established in 1952.

“We would be honored to have in attendance any one who has been part of the Middle League or Guadalupe Very little League, or any sporting activities, previous and present,” claimed Eddie Navarro, a Santa Maria Valley Athletics Background Club co-founder.

All those who want to go to the July 10 presentation are also welcomed to provide any photographs or memorabilia and attendees will also be ready to share their stories.

Guadalupe’s 1st youth baseball method came to truth in 1952 when location merchants and citizens lifted $1,145 to start out a four-group league that summer months. (The Yankees and Indians had been in the American League and the Dodgers and Giants were in the National League. The Yankees’ Fred Pandolfo received the league’s very first batting crown with a .535 normal that calendar year).

The Center League arrived to Santa Maria when founder Invoice Ellis organized the league in the slide of 1951, with enjoy commencing in 1952. The league was for boys aged 13-15 who had graduated out of Minimal League, nevertheless ended up much too youthful to perform in the American Legion league. There ended up 4 sponsors when the league was started, with then-police main Frank McCaslin, symbolizing the metropolis law enforcement power, joining Charles Buck, from W.B. Johnson Hank Bonetti, from Basic Petroleum and A.J. Diani, from Diani Development Co.

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The Police Boys club defeat A.J. Diani in the inaugural championship activity. There had been 84 boys who played in the league’s first year, which was manufactured up of 60 games. The fields highlighted 75-foot base paths and a length of 53 ft from the mound to dwelling plate.

The Santa Maria Valley also has a happy history when it comes to women of all ages in sporting activities. The Satna Maria Valleyettes was a famed quickly-pitch softball workforce that traveled the condition. The Orcutt Categorical was a powerhouse youth softball staff in the 1980s that won nationwide championships. 

“If you have been part of our sports record, or at present included with sports activities, you are our sports history and upcoming,” Navarro reported.

Younger Santa Maria Valley athletes had an array of possibilities in sports to enjoy in the 1st 50 percent of the century. The top athletes, like Leander Gatewood for instance, would participate in soccer and also compete in boxing, bowling and even table tennis.

The team options on acquiring a team photo featuring the guys and women who’ve been part of Santa Maria Valley athletics at 1 p.m. on July 10.

Navarro has served arrange the occasion along with Al Ramos and senior advisors Joe Talaugon and Ernie Corral.

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