Sunday, January 31, 2016

Amazing Wildcat men’s basketball photo from Linfield College Archives

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In the 1952-1952 season, during Linfield men’s varsity basketball team practice in Riley Gym, coach Paul Durham demonstrates his free throw technique to Wildcats (l-r) Ted McKee, Grant Schiewe and Ad Rutschman. Durham and Roy Helser were the team's co-head coaches, 1949-1952.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Linfield Football praised by NBA Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach

Thanks to Ross Peterson, via Bob Ferguson, here’s mention of Linfield Football from Jay Triano (photo), NBA Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach. The mention appears in a “Kerry Eggers on Sports” column in the 1/26/2016 Portland Tribune.

Triano was disappointed to have not played against Linfield in his one season playing football for Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, B.C., Canada.)

“That’s one of the programs I’ve always respected,” Triano told Eggers. “To this day, I respect what (the Wildcats) do in football. When I was coaching basketball at Simon Fraser (1988-95), I’d drive down with our football coaches to watch Linfield play — six hours one way. 

“Simon Fraser had 300-pound guys going to the CFL, but they got kicked by Linfield. (The Wildcats) were smaller, but their technique was just so impressive. I was blown away. I’ve always respected good coaching. That’s one of the programs I’ve always looked up to. I follow their scores every season.” 

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Regardless of division, Linfield is ‘The Best College Football Team’ in Oregon

Note error in this Jan. 26, 2016, story by Since 1960, Linfield has won four national football titles, three in NAIA (1982, 1984 and 1986) and one in NCAA (2004).

The Best College Football Team In Every State, Regardless Of Division

Oregon: D3 Linfield (18.49)

  • Winning Pct. since 2010:.889 (64-8)
  • National Championships since 1960: 1 (2004)
  • Conference Championships since 2000: 12 (2000-05, 2009-15)
  • Gagliardi Trophy: 1 (Brett Elliott 2005)
  • AFCA Coach of the Year: 1 (Jay Locey 2004)

FBS fans might be surprised to find out the University of Oregon isn't the most  successful college football team in the land of beards and flannel, but it's true, and it really isn't all that close.

Other than juggernauts Mount Union and UW-Whitewater, Linfield is the best team in their division.

They won the Oregon title based on their dominance of the Northwest Conference (12 titles in the last 16 years) and the fact that they are the last team other than the afformentioned Raiders and Warhawks to win the D3 National Championship, which they claimed back in 2004. Since then they've made it to the D3 Final Four three times.

It has been 60 years since the last time the Wildcats suffered a losing season, the longest such streak in college football -- simply referred to as "The Streak." With the current team they have assembled, it's hard to imagine The Streak coming to an end any time soon for the best college football team in Oregon.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Obituary: Robert (Bob) Gordon Martyn, Linfield Baseball Hall of Fame

Obituary: Robert (Bob) Gordon Martyn

1930 – 2015

Robert (Bob) Gordon Martyn was born August 15, 1930, in Weiser, Idaho, and passed away December 2, 2015, at his home in Pacific City, Oregon. He was 85.

When he was 4 years old, his parents moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, to live on the family homestead. During his childhood years, he learned to play sports on school teams, as well as to fish and hunt.

He became a member of First Baptist Church in Twin Falls and graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1948. He chose to attend Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, because it was affiliated with the Baptist Church and his father was an alumni.

It didn’t take long for Bob to be recognized as an outstanding baseball player while playing outfield on the Linfield team. The athletic director said, “The graceful way he played the outfield reminded me of Joe DiMaggio. He would glide to the ball.” Bob was chosen to the Northwest Conference all-star outfield in 1950, ’51 and ’52, and he helped the Wildcats win conference championships in 1950 and ’51. He graduated cum laude with a double major in mathematics and sociology in 1952.

While attending Linfield College, he met his wife, Dolores Sorenson. They married in November of 1950 and had three daughters. Bob continued a life-long friendship with his college roommates, Bill Swift and Bob Lunt.

He signed a professional baseball contract with the New York Yankees in the summer of 1952. His first professional game was played July 4, 1952, in Twin Falls, Idaho. He batted 5-for-6 during the game while playing for the Boise Yankees. After three impressive years in the minor leagues and serving in the United States Army for two years, Bob was traded to the Kansas City Athletics in June of 1957. He played for the Athletics as an outfielder until his last game, April 10, 1959. He was traded back to the Yankees and then ended his baseball career in 1960. Overall, he played in 154 major league games, and his batting average was .263.

Bob was the first Linfield alumnus to play professional baseball and was inducted into the Linfield Hall of Fame in 2000.

He served twice on the Linfield Alumni Board and was president in 1973. Shortly after his baseball career ended, he held positions including employment manager, compensation manager and personnel manager at Tektronix in Beaverton, Oregon. After 23 years at Tektronix, he helped found a human resources consultant service, from which he retired after 13 years.

He married his current wife, Donna Harwood-Martyn on December 9, 1978, whom has three daughters, Sue Galt (David), Jeannine Harwood and Cathleen Anderson (Joe). Bob and Donna moved to Pacific City after their retirements. Bob’s love of the outdoors was only challenged by his love of baseball. He was very active in his community and was always willing and ready to take anyone fishing.

Bob is survived by his wife, Donna; one sister, Sally Molyneux (Marvin) of Kimberly, ID; one brother, Jerry Martyn (Daphne) of Ukiah, CA; daughters, Kathryn Martyn Smith (Chuck) of Vancouver, WA and Tami Young (Craig) of Post Falls, ID; 10 grandchildren and 12 great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his oldest daughter, Linda Lee Brown. A celebration of Bob Martyn’s life will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Linfield College, 900 SE Baker St., McMinnville, Oregon in Melrose Hall. Remembrances may be made in his memory to Linfield College, McMinnville, OR 97128.

Obituary 3482051 in 1/22/2016 McMinnville N-R/News-Register

Bob Martyn
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Robert Gordon Martyn (August 15, 1930 in Weiser, Idaho) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1957 to 1959 for the Kansas City Athletics.


Martyn is an alumnus of Linfield College. His father Bernard Martyn, aunt Lillian Turner Millsap and uncle Bill Turner also attended Linfield. Bob’s first year at Linfield was 1948. He attended the college not only because much of his family went there, but also because it was affiliated with the Baptist church he went to. Although he played shortstop at high school in Twin Falls, Idaho, baseball coach Henry Lever immediately changed his position to outfielder. Martyn once said of the change, “That was probably a major break for my future.”

Bob was a Northwest Conference All-Star in 1950, 1951 and 1952, and he helped lead the Linfield Wildcats to conference championship victories in 1950 and 1951.

While serving as Linfield athletic director, Paul Durham said of Bob's baseball playing ability, "The graceful way he played the outfield reminded me of Joe Dimaggio. He glided to the ball."

Academically, Martyn double-majored in mathematics and sociology and he graduated cum laude. While playing professional baseball, he earned his masters degree in education in 1959, studying between seasons.

In 2000, Martyn was elected to the Linfield College Athletics Hall of Fame.
His father, Bernard Martyn was elected in 1999.
They are one of two father-son combinations in the Linfield College Athletics Hall of Fame.


Minor leagues

Originally signed by the New York Yankees in 1952, Martyn, in his first professional baseball game on July 4 of that year, went 5-for-6 while playing for the Boise Yankees.

An impressive minor league player, he was named to three All-Star teams while in the minors. In the 1956 American Association All-Star Game, he hit two home runs, winning the MVP Award for the game.


He was sent to the Athletics in a trade that took place on June 15, 1957. The Yankees sent Martyn, Woodie Held, Billy Martin and Ralph Terry to the Athletics for Ryne Duren, Jim Pisoni and Harry Simpson.

Just three days after the trade, Martyn made his big league debut, on June 18, 1957. Facing the Washington Senators, Martyn – playing in right field – went 1–4 with a walk in his first big league game. Overall in his first big league season, he hit .267 in 58 games. In 131 at-bats, he hit one home run and drove in 12 RBI.

The following year, Martyn appeared in 95 games, hitting .261 in 226 at-bats. That year, he was sixth in the league with seven triples and ninth in the league with five intentional walks.

Despite having two respectable seasons in a row prior to 1959, 1959 would end up being his final year in the majors. He appeared in only one game, getting only one at-bat. In his final big league at-bat, pinch-hitting for Bob Grim, he grounded out.

On April 12, 1959, he was traded back to the Yankees with Mike Baxes for Russ Snyder and Tom Carroll.

His playing career was interrupted by two years in military service.

Overall, Martyn played in 154 big league games. In 358 at-bats, he hit .263 with three home runs and 35 RBI. He hit 12 doubles and 11 triples, scoring 35 runs and stealing two bases (while being caught stealing seven times).


After his professional baseball career ended in 1960, Martyn worked for Tektronix for 23 years. He served twice on the Linfield Alumni Board and was president in 1973.


Article “Big Leagues” about Linfielders Bob Martyn (Twin Falls, Idaho) and Del Coursey (Elmira, Ore.) by Linfielder Jerry Dennon and Pat Frizzell appeared in Northwest Rotogravure Magazine of Sunday Oregonian - April 15, 1956. Note that Linfielder Roy Helser is also mentioned.