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Pages of History: Donkey baseball in 1949

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, August 1949.

The donkey-riding 20-30 Club rode tall in the saddle to defeat the Cutthroats, also burro-mounted, by a 3-2 score in donkey baseball.

The Cutthroats, led by Jim McGilvary, were overpowered by Jerry Hennebeck’s 20-30 Bronco Busters. Nick Gargaetas, the report says, couldn’t seem to find the brake and overshot the donkey a time or two.

Others were reported to be at the mercy of their gallant steeds every now and then, and Harold “the Arm” Armfield, it is said, was taken on a quick trip around the park by his mount and managed to stay on, too.

But, one player reported, things like these are to be expected in donkey baseball and, he added, there were really very few mistakes made considering they were riding donkeys!    

Dan Cupid takes holiday

Dan Cupid took a holiday in Del Norte this week as not one single bulls-eye did he score, according to the county recorder’s office. The lowest low was reached at the marriage office this last week, with no permits to wed applied for or granted.

With everyone else enjoying vacations, it is fairly safe to suppose that the little fellow has put his bow and arrow in storage and left for some secluded hideaway. Yet, who knows how many young couples may be his new targets when he returns refreshed to again man his trusty bow and arrow?

Show-stopping redwood log

“Well done Smith River!” Thus exclaimed Rex Whitmore, California Legion commander, as he stood in the reviewing stand with Gov. Earl Warren and other notables to watch a 1,900-year-old redwood log from Smith River lead the 31st Annual State Legion parade at Long Beach last week.

The great log, donated to Smith River Post 712 by Crag Lumber Company, was trucked down to Long Beach by Smith River Legionnaires James Yarbrough and John “Skip” Bowie. It weighed more than 17 tons and measured more than 25 feet in circumference. It was reportedly the first redwood log to ever cross the Golden Gate Bridge.

Viewed by throngs for a week in Long Beach, the log was given the place of honor in the 40 and 8 parade and first place in the Legion parade.

Gas station and café damaged

The Standard Station and the Hurry Back Café, both on the corner of Ninth and L, were shuffled around a bit by cars over the past weekend.

The station had the prop under the canopy shaken loose and moved over by a truck whose driver misjudged his clearance. The front of the station was left-leaning like “the house that Jack built!”

The situation at the Hurry Back Café was a little different as a couple of boys from Grants Pass had a difference of opinion about the speed of their cars, and so had a race. As they came around the corner of Ninth and L, one of the cars started to slide, taking out a fence and the café’s sign. No one was injured. 

 


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