Saturday, October 31, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Coach Joe Smith, Linfield Football, ESPNews 10/28/2015 interview

Go to "SportsCenter features Linfield's Streak" story at Linfield Athletics website here...

...for a link to video of Coach Joe Smith, Linfield Football,  interview 10/28/2015 on ESPNews by Zubin Mehenti.

Go to this link ...

... to see two still photos of Coach Joe Smith, Linfield Football,  from interview 10/28/2015 on ESPNews by  Zubin Mehenti.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

‘The Streak’ on display

“The Streak” of Linfield College football is featured in a display in the college’s Riley Campus Center in McMinnville. It was put together by Linfield Institutional Advancement with assistance from Linfield Archives. The display – which went up on/about Oct. 27, 2015 – is in a cabinet across the hall from Linfield Bookstore’s entrance.

Editorial (below) appeared in Oct. 26, 2015, Linfield Review, the college’s student newspaper. Click on the image to see a larger, easier to read, rendition:

Monday, October 26, 2015

Information about Linfield vs. George Fox VARSITY vs. VARSITY football games

George Fox University (previously known as Pacific College* and George Fox College) of Newberg and Linfield College (previously known as McMinnville College) of McMinnville competed in their first VARSITY vs. VARSITY football game in 1896. George Fox won, 54-0.

Including that game, Linfield and George Fox have played each other in VARSITY vs. VARSITY a total of 14 times. Linfield leads the series, with 9 wins, 4 losses and 1 tie.

Over the years since 1896, Linfield and George Fox have played each other in football more than 13 times. However, many of those were Linfield JUNIOR VARSITY vs. George Fox VARSITY games.

Wildcatville details history of Linfield vs. George Fox football series:
--Game locations -- Newberg? McMinnville? -- for some VARSITY vs. VARSITY football games between Linfield and George Fox not able to determine.
--Don't confuse Pacific College in Newberg with Pacific University in Forest Grove.

From story in Sunday Oregonian Nov 5, 1922, covering Saturday, Nov. 4, 1922, Pacific College (now GFU) at Linfield football game. Linfield won, 22-0.


Below posted Oct. 26, 2015:

Researching sports events a "long time ago" is fraught with problems. But, nonetheless .... Wildcatville research shows ..

... the Linfield VARSITY at George Fox VARSITY football game on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, will be the first time there's been a Linfield VARSITY at George Fox VARSITY football game on George Fox's (formerly Pacific College, formerly George Fox College) home football field since a game played Friday, Nov. 23, 1923, in Newberg. (Linfield won that game, 16-0.)

To be specific, that Nov. 23, 1923, game was PACIFIC COLLEGE (don't confuse it with Pacific University of Forest Grove) vs. LINFIELD COLLEGE. (In 1922, McMinnville College became Linfield College. And, in that same year, 1922, Linfield resumed playing football after a 16 year hiatus -- 1906 to 1921 -- because the Linfield Board of Trustees discontinued the sport, deeming it too dangerous.)

It's important to indicate VARSITY since Wildcatville research shows many games between Linfield JUNIOR VARSITY vs. George Fox VARSITY over the years.

How many years is it between Friday, Nov. 23, 1923
and Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015? =

91 years, 11 months, 8 days excluding the end date.

(Linfield defeated George Fox, 24-0, in the game played in Newberg on Oct. 31, 2015)

According to the Nov. 28, 1923, The Crescent, Pacific College's student newspaper, the Nov. 23, 1923, football game was played on "one of the wettest days and muddiest fields in the memory of the oldest old-timer. Nonetheless a big bunch of spectators enthusiastically ate peanuts and cheered the teams and everyone almost forgot the sea of mud and water."

The Crescent Nov. 28, 1923, story goes on to say, "This kind of weather we need not be mentioned to Oregonians. The boys fought hard the game through. They greatly appreciated a loyal student body who backed them from under their umbrellas. George Mullinger (-- who played left half for Pacific --) forgot Linfield men never carried umbrellas so he gave them a good shower when he brought his right foot down in the puddle. He's not afraid of getting his feet wet."


Whitworth at Linfield Football 10/24/2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Linfield connections to Portland Mavericks pro baseball team

Sports documentary 'The Battered Bastards of Baseball' is, according to a review in the Jan. 21, 2014, Salt Lake (Utah) Tribune, a "spirited retelling" of the Portland Mavericks (Mavs) Class A professional baseball team, which existed 1973-1977. Link to review:

There are two Linfield connections to the Mavs:

--Catcher Ron Webb, Linfield 1972 grad, lettered in Linfield baseball in 1969 and 1970 playing for Coach Roy Helser. He lettered in 1971 (Linfield's second NAIA World Series championship team) and 1972 as catcher for Coach Ad Rutschman. Interesting to note, Webb was catcher on the Rutschman coached 1968 Hillsboro High School state championship baseball team.

--Third baseman Steve Collette, lettered in Linfield baseball 1966 (Linfield's first NAIA World Series championship) and 1967 teams coached by Roy Helser. Transferred to OCE, now WOU/Western Oregon University and played baseball for the OCE Wolves. He was Mavericks manager/player in 1977, the team's final season. A graduate of North Salem, Ore., High School, he died at age 56 in 2003. He's a member of the WOU Athletic Hall of Fame. His "Hall" bio does not mention Linfield and Mavericks. Link to bio:

==Oregonian – Aug. 2, 1973: 
Mavericks ink catcher Webb
The Portland Mavericks dealt close to home Wednesday when they signed catcher Ron Webb of Hillsboro to a contract.

Webb had been playing for Hillsboro's City League semi-professional team.

Two years ago, catching for Linfield College, he led his team to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) championship. He was named All-America and the national tournament's most valuable player.

He batted .400 for the season and .448 in the tournament.

He also was the catcher on Hillsboro high school's 1968 state championship baseball team.

Last year he was assistant diamond coach at Linfield, as the team finished runner-up in the NAIA West Coast Regional Tournament in Los Angeles.

==Bulletin, Ore., Bulletin – Aug. 3, 1973: 

Relief helps Mavericks
AP story datelined Portland about Mavs beating a not named opponent, 3-2. In the game's fourth inning, the team's newest member, catcher Ron Webb, drove in two runs with a double.

==Oregonian – Aug. 4, 1973: Governor intervenes for Mavs
Hang in there, Maverick fans. Ron Webb will be around for the series with Walla Walla.

Replying to a game-story "letter" in Friday's Oregonian, Gov. Tom McCall said that he had requested the Oregon National Guard Adjutant General that Webb be allowed to make up his two weeks of summer duty at a later date.

Later Friday, the Mavericks received word that Webb's master sergeant had given him a weekend pass to participate in the weekend series.

Portland and Walla Walla are battling for first place in the Northwest League. The Washington team holds a two-game edge after Friday's first game of a four-game series, the last meetings this season between the teams.

In revealing his request, McCall said he considers the Mavericks, the only independent minor league team in organized baseball, the best thing to happen in Portland baseball in 20 years.

Webb is a catcher who played his high school ball in Hillsboro. He was signed earlier this week by the Mavs.

==Oregonian - June 5, 1974: Story says the Mavericks scheduled an exhibition game with the Portland Lobos of the City League. "The Lobos, national champions the past two years in Casey Stengel semi-pro baseball, supplied the Mavericks last year with catcher Ron Webb."

PHOTOS from Linfield Oak Leaves yearbooks show Ron Webb,  Steve Collette and Tom McCall. Photo of McCall shows him as Oregon Secretary of State delivering address at Linfield 1965 Commencement. According to the Oregonian, at that commencement Linfield President Harry Dillin awarded McCall a Linfield honorary doctor of laws degree.

Besides Gov. McCall helping Linfielder Ron Webb and the Portland Mavericks, two more bits of info.

First, some historians consider McCall to have been a maverick in his time as Oregon governor. So, he was an Oregon maverick aiding the Portland Mavericks.

Secondly, there was a possibility that McCall could have been a Linfield president. Following the Linfield presidency of Gordon Bjork, 1968-1974, Cornelius Siemens was interim president, 1974-1975. McCall served two terms, 1967-1975, as Oregon governor. His last date in office, the end of his second term, was Jan. 13, 1975. During the latter part of his second term, Linfield made an effort to have McCall succeed Bjork as president. (But, in reality, he would have succeeded Siemens.) McCall considered the offer to be Linfield president. According to the book Inspired Pragmatism: An Illustrated History of Linfield College, McCall “declined the offer, consenting to election as a (Linfield) trustee” in January 1975. During his trustee tenure, McCall served as Linfield trustee chair.

McCall has a connection to Linfield football. A story in the Nov. 3, 1974, Sunday Oregonian, says Gov. McCall was part of an estimated crowd of 4,500 on Nov. 2, 1974, which “ringed ancient Maxwell Field, and saw small college football at its best” when #3 nationally-ranked Linfield defeated #2 PLU, 15-14.



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Where Catball (Linfield Softball) plays

Photos taken afternoon of 10/21/2015