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  • #16
    Re: Cal Bear Legacies

    Besides, it takes a while to read all those photos :-)

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    • #17
      Re: Cal Bear Legacies

      You mean "I can't read . . . without." Think about the sense of how you wrote it.

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      • #18
        Re: Cal Bear Legacies

        In the splenddid collection, "The Worlds of Brtus Hamilton," published in 1975 by tafnews, there are lovely letters to Upshaw's high-school coach, to Bowden and his parents, and to Leamon King on the occasion of his academic failings.

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        • #19
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          As I remember it, King also ran an age-15 best time in 1951 of 9.7.
          In the Fresno Relays of 1956 King ran his first 9.3, and Mike Agostini wrote (in the December 1960 issue of "World Sports" magazine) that his finish was the fastest he'd ever seen. Agostini had been level with King at 60y and was in good shape (in March he'd run 9.3/20.1s helped by the starter using the wrong calibre of pistol for record purposes), but was blasted away by King's smooth finish.
          It's doubtful that King would have beaten Morrow in Melbourne in 1956. He'd been well beaten (on his home track) by Morrow in the NCAA (when King was 3rd behind Sime)and that race like the '56 OG was run into a headwind. Morrow (a solid 173 on a 6'1 1/2" frame) was always stronger than King (6'0"/140) in those conditions. Morrow's OG winning time was 10.5 (rather than the 10.6 mentioned in the post), and was auto-timed in 10.65. From memory his margin of victory that day was 0.17 seconds. The race was on a loose track (which Andy Stanfield, runner-up in the 200 estimated was 0.2 slower than the Helsinki '52 track) and run into a 5.0 wind. The '56 final run on a fast track and with nil wind would have been won in around 10.25 seconds.

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          • #20
            Re: Cal Bear Legacies

            King ran a couple of 9.7s in 1951, the most notable at the State Meet where he lost the 100 by inches. His 220 victory in 21.4 made him the first ninth-grade champion in state history, and he was the first to medal in four different years.

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