April 3, 2002
This is another "B" Line column, a periodic collection of news items of interest to members of the Baylor "B" Association. Contribute news about you or your teammates via e-mail to Dutch Schroeder (Dutch_Schroeder@baylor.edu), Reba Cooper (Reba_Cooper@baylor.edu) or Jack Loftis (Jack.Loftis@chron.com). The mailing address is Baylor "B" Association, P. O. Box 8120, Waco, TX 76714.
MORNING, NOON - AND NIGHT? - Ad hoc social gatherings of Baylor alumni - including a lot of folks with a wealth of sports memories - continue to expand in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Jim and Laura Pate's annual luncheon at the University Club in Dallas drew its usual big crowd on March 22 and BU football players from the mid-1960s are showing up for bi-monthly breakfast meetings at the Holiday Inn Select on Highway 183 near the D-FW Airport . . . About 75 people from across the state attended the Pates' event, which is normally held in late fall. However, the 2001 luncheon was delayed for several months while Jim, a 1950s football letter winner, recuperated from hip surgery. Some of those in attendance included former Gov. Mark White, Judge Oz Chrisman, Jim Ray Smith, Clarence Dierking, Jerry Marcontell, Henry Cannady, Jim Kennedy, Jim Millerman, Joe Ross, Bob Gill, Jerry Mallett, Earl Wayne Miller, Joey Allen, Joe Bob Cudd, Sonny Wharton and Charlie Joe Bennett. Former NASA engineer David Alexander, who ran track for Baylor in the 1960s, was the luncheon speaker . . . The D-FW football breakfasts were first organized last year by 1965 co-captains Bill Ferguson and Mike Bourland. Others in attendance for the March 25 gathering were Dwight Hood, David Anderson, Mike Thomas, Bobby Crenshaw, Johnny Jessup, Ridley Gibson, Mike Wayne Marshall, "B" Association President Knox Pittard and Executive Vice President Dutch Schroeder. Former players interested in joining the D-FW group can contact Ferguson at 214-698-8400 . . .
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM - Mike Singletary's April 6 speaking engagement in Houston has been postponed again. Originally scheduled for March and then moved to the April date, the luncheon to benefit the Baylor Black Alumni Chapter is now planned for Saturday, June 1. Marie Brown of the Baylor Alumni Association says conflicting sporting events in Waco on April 6 caused the latest delay . . . A number of letter winners, including Fred Vinson, Thornton Sterling, Joe Jack Pearce, Marshall Alford, Dr. Seale Cutbirth and "B" Association Executive Director Bunk Bradley, were on campus for the Baylor Alumni Heritage Club celebration (March 24-26). The event was established in 1977 by the Baylor Alumni Association to honor those who attended Baylor 50 years ago or longer. Jack and Billie Wilson were to have been the 2002 co-chairs, but his untimely death prevented that from happening. However, Milton Wilson (no relation) stepped up to help Jack's widow and the event was very successful . . . The ranking letter winner present was Bradley, a member of the Class of 1935. Several folks wondered if his class year positioned him No. 1 among living BU letter winners. Nope, Bradley quickly pointed out, currently that honor is being shared by two members of the Class of 1927, Troy Stallings (baseball) of Conroe and Dr. Gordon Teal (track) of Dallas. If anyone has better information, please contact Bradley or the "B" Line . . .
SPRING IMPROVES SWING - Monday, April 1, was the deadline to sign up for the seventh annual Baylor Football Golf Outing, scheduled for Saturday, April 5. The event always coincides with the end of spring football practice and the Green-Gold Game will be played at Floyd Casey Stadium at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. (See earlier story and entry form on this Web site for details.) Stragglers, laggards and foot-draggers might still have a chance to play if they are nice to Roger Goree, who is The Man on the Baylor campus. Call him at 254-710-3051 and he might still be able to squeeze you in at this late date . . . But it is not too late for Houston area golfers to begin making plans for the 20th annual Curtis Hankamer Golf Classic at the Sweetwater Country Club on May 13. Over the years this tournament has raised more than $190,000 for the Baylor athletic program. For more information contact the Baylor Alumni Association at 1-800-229-5678, Extension 6, or online at www.bayloralumni.com/register . . There also is a spring golf event this year for us bottom-feeders. Scott Stricklin, Baylor's assistant athletic director for communications, has invited local and regional media to play in an April 15 tournament with BU coaches and staffers. Rounds will take place at Bear Ridge Golf Course, Baylor's new $7.5 million facility that has been drawing rave reviews since opening in November . . . Frankly, we never played much golf, but today's game looks a lot easier than the action to which we were accustomed years ago. Back then there were no straight-in putts and one had to be exceptionally skilled to sink the ball into holes most often obscured by castles, windmills, loop-the-loop tubes and angled sideboards.
April 2, 2002