Monday, February 24, 2014

In 1955, Linfield would have been Civil Defense administration center

It was the Cold War. In the U.S., there was threat of nuclear attacks. In that light, here’s an interesting story from 1955 related to Linfield. The art work accompanying this story  was found via Internet search.

Eugene Register-Guard Jan. 13, 1955

College Site To Be Used As CD Center

McMinnville, Ore. (UP) – Linfield College would be immediately converted into an administration center for the entire staff of the Oregon Civil Defense Emergency Welfare Service in event of enemy attack in the Northwest, the CD announced Wednesday.

Dr. Harry L. Dillin, college president, said the campus was located outside the probable damage area. If an attack occurred in Portland, the college would be the focal point for directing welfare centers to be set up in northwestern Oregon.

Frank M. Parcher, emergency welfare officer for the Oregon Civil Defense Administration, said the emergency installation would include all buildings on the campus. Civil Defense officials would be assisted by faculty members and many of the students.

In 1925, Linfield decides againist moving campus to Portland

Today, there’s a Linfield Portland campus. In 1925, the college was located only in McMinnville. According to this 1925 story, moving the entire college to Portland was considered.

Eugene Register-Guard 
July 9, 1925

McMinnville Keeps Linfield College

PORTLAND, Or., July 9 – Linfield college will not be moved from McMinnville to Portland, trustees of the institution decided here by resolution.

The decision was reached after almost a full day’s special meeting of the board.

The trustees voted to instruct the executive committee to launch a campaign to raise $500,000 for equipment of the college on a more adequate basis at its present location.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

2014 Linfield Softball season underway

Linfield's 2014 softball season started Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in sunny McMinnville. The Wildcats defeated Northwest Conference opponent Lewis & Clark by 10-0 and 8-0 mercy rule* scores.

Playing at Del Smith Stadium on the Linfield campus, the winning Wildcats had a first game 3-0 lead over the Pioneers before adding seven runs in the bottom of the third.  Linfield won the second game of the doubleheader, 8-0. It,  too, was "mercy-ruled."

Wildatville provides occasional coverage of some Linfield home softball games during the 2014 season. Other sources of Linfield softball info:

Linfield Sports Information

Linfield Review student newspaper

McMinnville News-Register (password protected)

Linfield Catball group
Using Facebook, go to ...
... post positive response(s) and be "All In."

*The Mercy Rule is invoked if one team is ahead by at least eight runs after five innings. Typically, games are seven-innings

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wildcat baseball, softball honor six former Linfield baseball players

On February 12, 2014, Wildcatville posted the info/photos below, beneath the "***" etc. Wildcatville updated the posting with the following photos (taken 3/27/2014), showing the completed front exterior graphics of the Linfield batting practice facility.


Six former Linfield baseball players are honored by Wildcat baseball and softball.

They are Roy Helser, Scott Brosius, Ad Rutschman, Scott Carnahan, Arnie Owens and Kevin Mosley.

At Roy Helser (baseball) Field, the Linfield baseball batting practice facility outside part of the field's first base line now has a triangular graphic. 

The graphic focuses on three national baseball championships won by Linfield: NCAA Division III in 2013 and NAIA in 1966 and 1971.

Current head coach Scott Brosius, Linfield Class of 1988-completed degree in 2002, led the 2013 title team.

Field namesake Helser, Class of 1936, coached the 1966 team to the first national team title won by Linfield in any sport.

Ad Rutschman, Class of 1954, coached the 1971 title team.

The graphic:
  • highlights the facility, Carney's (batting) Cages, named for  Scott Carnahan, Class of 1973, who was Brosius' Linfield baseball coach.
  • memorializes Wildcat baseball fan Arnold "Arnie" Owens, who died in 2013. A Molalla, Ore., High School grad, he entered Linfield in 1950. At Linfield, he graduated in 1954 with a bachelor of arts degree and a master of education degree in 1958. He played four seasons (1951, 1952, 1953 and 1954) as an infielder for Helser-coached Linfield baseball teams. Owens was a Northwest Conference baseball all-star for 1954. He served as JV coach for the 1954 Linfield football team (Paul Durham, head coach) and as assistant baseball coach (Helser, head coach) in the 1955 season. His career in education included serving at Maupin, Hermiston and Grants Pass High Schools. At Maupin (now South Wasco High School) his duties including being head football and baseball coach. He was head baseball coach at Hermiston and a counselor at Grants Pass. 
At Del Smith (softball) Stadium, the Linfield Softball Kevin Mosely Batting Practice Facility is just beyond the center outfield fence. The facility was blessed before a Lewis & Clark at Linfield softball doubleheader on March 7, 2010. That was the date which would have been the 55th birthday of Mosley, who died in 2009. His family, friends, Linfield coaches and players and others took part in the event. See photo of blessing and of plaque.

Mosley graduated from Hillsboro, Ore., High School before attending Linfield, from which he earned a bachelor of bachelor of arts degree in physical education in 1977. He played/lettered in baseball (pitcher), 1970-73, and football (defensive back), 1974, for Linfield. His Wildcat pitching win-loss record was 10-7 with a 2.94 earned run average. He ranks sixth in the Linfield career record book for games finished (17) and is tied for 16th for most complete games (10).  As a senior, he was the Linfield baseball team's Most Inspirational Player award winner.

  • Athletic director emeritus Rutschman succeeded Helser as baseball coach and, later, as athletic director.
  • Carnahan, the college's athletic director, succeeded Rutschman as baseball coach and, later, as athletic director. 
  • Brosius succeeded Carnahan as baseball coach. Carnahan continues coaching baseball at Linfield as an assistant to Brosius.
  • Chronology for Linfield baseball coaches mentioned in this article: Roy Helser, 1950-1970; Ad Rutschman, 1971-1983; Scott Carnahan, 1984-2007; and Scott Brosius, 2008-present
  • Larry Ward -- a 1965 Maupin High grad and former (1973-1977) Linfield radio play-by-play voice for football and men's basketball -- said Owens was his football and baseball coach as a freshman at Maupin.
  • Top three photo-baseball, all other photos-softball. Photo credits: blessing by Linfield Sports Information. All others by Wildcatville. Arrow points to part of the Kevin Mosely facility.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Linfield with Snow 2/7/2014

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Lance Lopes, Linfield connection to Seattle Seahawks' 2014 Super Bowl championship

Super Bowl rings recap for former Linfield football player Lance Lopes, a 1985 Linfield and 1989 University of Oregon Law School grad:
  • First ring with the 1997 champ (1996 team) Green Bay Packers while he served (1993-2000) as the team's general counsel. Super Bowl XXXI.
  • Second (ring forthcoming) with the 2014 champ Seattle Seahawks (2013 team) for which he is VP/general counsel. Super Bowl XLVIII.
He was a member of two national football championships with Linfield. Lopes was a tight end on the 1982 and 1984 Wildcats' Ad Rutschman-coached NAIA title teams.
Read more about Lopes:
There’s a McMinnville connection to the 2014 Super Bowl champs. Subscribe to the McMinnville N-R? Read its story about McMinnville's Textile Graphics producing Seahawks title shirts.
Photo from 1984 Linfield football media guide cover. Lance Lopes #83, TE, with Coach Ad Rutschman; Mike McAllister #46, DE; Tim Nacrelli #24, RB, and Steve Boyes, DT, #66.