By Geoffrey Dunn
Its inviting weather, engaging rugged mountains, and inviting seashores have continuously made Santa Cruz County a haven for athletic actions. a large choice of wearing endeavors, a few past the norm, have referred to as Santa Cruz domestic over the many years. within the nineteenth century, Santa Cruz served as a springboard for contemporary browsing. It was once an early bastion for geared up baseball, too, starting within the 1860s, and it used to be domestic to a sequence groups as early because the 1870s. different colourful athletic actions came about the following (including hearth hose groups, long-distance strolling, and bicycling), in addition to extra conventional American activities like basketball, soccer, boxing, and tennis. The area boasts of a powerful culture of girls athletes to boot, specifically Marion Hollins, maybe the best all-around girl athlete of the early twentieth century.
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Proven this is the 1919 CCAL tune meet in Salinas, seen from the grandstand. the positioning later turned the house of the world-famous Salinas Rodeo and residential to numerous Salinas expert and semipro baseball groups. one of many individuals within the meet was once John Steinbeck, the nice novelist and the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. In a software for the meet, he's indexed as partaking within the javelin and discus. certainly one of Steinbeck’s most sensible pals at Salinas, invoice Black, gained the 440 and pole vault. This photo used to be taken from the end line. in line with player Harold Van Gorder, John Steinbeck additionally ran within the mile, received by means of Irving Harcourt Bliss (far correct) of Watsonville, and within which Malio Stagnaro of Santa Cruz positioned moment. “When Malio crossed the end line,” Van Gorder recalled, “we swarmed him. It was once terrifically fascinating. Steinbeck used to be means at the back of within the pack, yet none folks spotted. We have been too busy circling round Malio. ” Van Gorder stored an in depth scrapbook of the meet, with panoramic images of each operating contest. on the planet battle I period, women’ volleyball was once additionally a truly renowned job at Santa Cruz excessive, with squads competing either intramurally and opposed to different faculties. in keeping with volleyball historian Phil Kaplan, the sport then was once performed with “the bladder of a basketball. ” Dubbed the “Great White Hope,” retired heavyweight champion James Jeffries informed for his celebrated bout opposed to mythical African American boxer John Arthur “Jack” Johnson at Rowardennan Redwood Park (in Ben Lomond) through the spring and summer season of 1910. Newspapers from world wide started protecting his day-by-day education actions intimately. right here, Jeffries, who had swelled to greater than three hundred kilos in retirement, works out with one other retired heavyweight champion, “Gentleman Jim” Corbett. James Jeffries and his huge entourage arrived at Rowardennan in mid-March 1910. Pictured, from left to correct, are supervisor “Farmer” Burns, Jeffries, major sparring associate Bob Armstrong, Roger Cornell, boxer Joe Joynski, Todd Boyer, brother Jack Jeffries, Dick Adams, Joe Samples, and “Gentleman Jim” Corbett. With a handbag of $101,000 at stake (plus extra cash in movie rights and part bets), Jeffries and Johnson waged conflict on July four, 1910, in Reno, Nevada. within the fifteenth around, Johnson knocked Jeffries to the canvas. Jeffries’s nook threw within the towel. the second one son of a giant Portuguese farming kinfolk, Manuel “Manny” Netto was once probably the most prominent—and beloved—Santa Cruz athletes within the period that spanned global conflict II. A 1933 graduate of Santa Cruz highschool, the place he starred in soccer, basketball, and baseball (he used to be an All–Central Coast League choice in all 3 sports), Netto went directly to turn into a dominant strength in Santa Cruz urban League basketball, starring for a chain of groups in the course of an 18-year profession. whilst he retired in 1952, a different evening on the Civic Auditorium used to be held in his honor, and a piece of writing within the Santa Cruz Sentinel proclaimed him as “one of the best sportsmen in neighborhood athletic” heritage, noting that, whereas he “played to win,” he consistently “accepted defeat with dignity.