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    Under the title Jackie Robinson and Wilt Chamberlin ttiller recently wrote:
    "How many other outstanding long jumpers frittered away their best years playing baseball just for the love of money? Didn't Willie Davis of the Dodgers jump at or near 25 feet in high school? And I recall seeing Bobby (not Barry) Bonds jumping very impressively at a couple of high school meets about 40 years ago."

    Double RR Bar replied: Bobby Bonds was the California state H.S. long jump champion in 1964. I think he jumped around 25'3"

    Comments: Doulbe RR Bar is right about Bobby Bonds. Willie Davis made All City in Baseball, Basketball and Track at Los Angeles, Roosevelt H.S. and also jumped over 25 ft. in the early 60's. Around the same time a former Dodger team mate of Davis's, Willie Crawford of L.A. Fremont H.S., duplicated Davis's All City feets and as I recall aalso jumped close to if not over 25 ft. This was a golden age of California H.S. long jumping which included a great hurdler/long jumper from John Muir H.S. in Pasadena who set a national H.S. record in 1967.

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    Mel Renfro, a great H.S. hurdler, played football for the University of Oregon and was an All Pro with the Dallas Cowboys.

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      A few years after Bonds, Davis, Renfro, et al, came the best (or at least the most consistently high quality)prep long jumper before Lewis... Jerry Proctor. That little guy was an amazing athlete. My admittedly faulty memory says that he was about half the size of Bobby Bonds and I dunno if he ever played baseball but I bet if he had decided to do so he could have played in the majors.

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      • #4
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        Long Jumping Tracksters? Well, let's see. Carl Lewis was pretty good on the track. And then there was . . . .

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          >I remember all these guys -- Bobby Bonds, Willie
          >Davis, and Willie Crawford. Fabulous athletes.
          >Whatever happened to another great talent from
          >the same era -- Mel Renfro? Football?>>

          check out the thread on this forum titled "GH's All-Time Favorite Trivia Question"

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            Here's another baseball player with a good HS LJ: Jim Fregosi. Saw his name on an ols HS list, believe je was in the 24's.

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              Fregosi, eh? OK, let me see if I can tie a bunch of disparate thoughts into one cohesive bit here:

              In 1959 Jim Fregosi (Serra, San Mateo) jumps 23-8, is among the dozen farthest preps in the country. By 1961 he's in the major leagues, plays 18 seasons (twice hits over .290, never over .300), then manages four different teams.

              In 1964, Bobby Bonds (Poly, Riverside), is the national HS leader at 25-3 (to win the Cal State title), a mark which at the time made him =No.3 on the all-time list. And sister Rosie finishes 8th in the Olympics in the 80mH. Bobby goes on to be baseball all star.

              In 1970, Lynn Swann (Serra, San Mateo) breaks Fregosi's school record with a 24-10 (No. 6 on the yearly list) and is also Cal State champ. He goes on to become all-pro wide receiver.

              But neither Fregosi nor Swann is remotely regarded as Serra's No. 1 alum. Why?

              Becuase in 1964, while Bobby B is a HS senior, Fregosi is in his fourth year in the majors and Swann is in the 6th grade, becuase on July 24, 1964, who is born? Future Serra alum Barry Bonds.

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                Garry Hill wrote:

                "In 1970, Lynn Swann (Serra, San Mateo) breaks Fregosi's school record with a 24-10 (No. 6 on the yearly list) and is also Cal State champ. He goes on to become all-pro wide receiver."

                Reply: Garry wasn't Swann a pretty good sprinter and hurdler also? I seem to remember him running an 18.9 over the now infamous 180yd LH.

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                  Originally posted by gh
                  Fregosi, eh? OK, let me see if I can tie a bunch of disparate thoughts into one cohesive bit here:

                  In 1959 Jim Fregosi (Serra, San Mateo) jumps 23-8, is among the dozen farthest preps in the country. By 1961 he's in the major leagues, plays 18 seasons (twice hits over .290, never over .300), then manages four different teams.
                  R.I.P. Jim Fregosi

                  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ml ... s/5468509/

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by gh
                    But neither Fregosi nor Swann is remotely regarded as Serra's No. 1 alum. Why?

                    Becuase in 1964, while Bobby B is a HS senior, Fregosi is in his fourth year in the majors and Swann is in the 6th grade, becuase on July 24, 1964, who is born? Future Serra alum Barry Bonds.
                    And in the decade since GH wrote the above comment, another athlete has challenged Bonds as Serra's No. 1 alum: Tom Brady.

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                    • #11
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                      Well if it's long jumpers/tracksters....

                      Anthony Watson Oklahoma...9.3/26 footer
                      Kareem Street Thompson Rice...9.9/28-3
                      Vesco Bradley FSU....9.3?/26-8
                      N.Makusha FSU...College record 100m/27-6
                      Bo Roberson Cornell...Olympic LJ silver and a 9.4?***
                      Chris Sanders Ohio State...10.2ish/27-9***


                      Leroy Burrell Houston
                      Harold Arahams GB
                      Bruny Surin Canada
                      Darvis Patton

                      ...were all long jumpers turn sprinters.

                      Can't forget...

                      DeHart Hubbard Michigan...world record in both
                      Jesse Owens Ohio State....world record in both
                      Eulace Peacock Temple....10.3/26-3

                      *** pro footballers

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                        Not that this really matters 10+ years after the fact, but although there are multitudes of football/long jumpers, the original post was referencing baseball players who were long jumpers.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by br
                          Not that this really matters 10+ years after the fact, but although there are multitudes of football/long jumpers, the original post was referencing baseball players who were long jumpers.
                          We can have the baseballers and everyone else......also. You see anything wrong with that? And the OP brought up Mel Renfro who wasn't a baseballer.

                          And if we are talking long jumpers/footballers it's really not multitudes. These are those 25 footers and over who played in the NFL.

                          Terry Metcalf Long Beach State/Cards
                          Eric Metcalf Texas/Browns....his 27-8 the best by any footballer
                          Mel Renfro Oregon/Cowboys
                          Johnny Hector Tex A&M/Jets
                          Vance Johnson Arizona/Broncos
                          James Lofton Stanford/Packers
                          Champ Bailey Georgia/Broncos
                          Paul Warfield Ohio State/Browns & Dolphins
                          Chris Sanders Ohio State/Titans
                          Dokie Williams...UCLA/Raiders
                          Bo Roberson...Cornell/Raiders
                          Ron Jessie...Kansas/Lions
                          Marquis Goodwin...Texas/Bills
                          Todd Bell...Michigan/Bears
                          James McAlister...UCLA/Eagles
                          J.J.Birden....Oregon/Chiefs

                          We can have that and all the baseball ya want.....still/also.

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                            Originally posted by Guest
                            Mel Renfro, a great H.S. hurdler, played football for the University of Oregon and was an All Pro with the Dallas Cowboys.
                            Renfro also ran on a WR 4x1 team while at Oregon with two other future NFLers (not for long) and the great Harry Jerome. A 9.6/13.7/25-10 or was it 25-11?

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                              I didn't pick up what was really going on here, now I see what this was about. Sorry for playing the insensitive fool.

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