OKABENA — There was a card shower in process this past week with lots of mail going to Sherwood Acres on the southern edge of Okabena.
The reason for all the cards was that four days ago — Sunday, Sept. 7 — Warren “Lefty” Gentry celebrated his birthday.
ADRIAN — In the summer loaded with hit singles like “Sweat Pea” by Tommy Roe, “Red Rubber Ball” by the Crykle and “Wild Thing” by the Troggs, a couple of area amateur baseball teams were advancing through challenging playoff series.
There were several strong teams in both the First Night League and the Gopher League in that summer of 1966, when LBJ was our president and Karl Rolvaag was our governor.
California native Don Schollander was smashing all kinds of world swimming records and the Twins’ Jim Kaat was working his way to a 25-win season, while whirling 19 complete games and pitching 305 innings.
ADRIAN — In yesterday’s “Blast,” we introduced readers to the tale of the 1956 Adrian amateur baseball team that won 19 consecutive games that summer and capped the season with a trip to the State B Tournament — the first such accomplishment for the community.
Since that memorable “ride” by that group — dubbed by Minneapolis Tribune sports writer — of “farmers, coaches and newspapermen,” Adrian has earned numerous state tournament berths in high school sports and has played in both the 1966 and 1988 state amateur baseball tournaments.
SLAYTON — In the spring when Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater was seeking the Republican Party’s nomination to challenge incumbent Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson in the upcoming U.S. Presidential Election, Worthington freshman Jerry Fiola was being honored as the Spartan Junior High Honor Student of the Year.
WORTHINGTON — Yesterday’s heavy rains and potential lightning strikes postponed or canceled nearly every spring athletic event in the area.
It’s too bad that the scheduled eight-team Worthington Invitational track and field meet was unable to be held, but that’s how things have gone much of this spring.
It’s been hard to find three good days in a row.
Next week, the calendar turns to May — and usually spring appears for longer stretches of time and the “short” high school sports season unravels with a flurry.
OKABENA — Brand new sweatshirts with pictures of the four Beatles had just arrived at Cooper Sporting Goods in Worthington and were selling for $2.95.
NBA star Bob Pettit, 32, was announcing his upcoming retirement after a stellar 11-year career with the St. Louis Hawks, having netted 20,841 points.
WORTHINGTON — Saturday there will be four high school girls’ basketball tournament games played at the Worthington Senior High Gymnasium.
The event, dubbed as “Super Saturday,” features eight teams playing in the quarterfinals of what is now known as Section 3A South.
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