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The 'B' Line . . . December 3, 2003

Dec. 3, 2003

This is another "B" Line column, a collection of news items of particular interest to members of the Baylor "B" Association. Contribute news about you or your teammates via e-mail to Lee Harrington (leenelaine@281.com), 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.

Waco area law enforcement officer Brenda Smith, who doubles as the nice lady who so faithfully guards the "B" Room entrance on game days at Floyd Casey Stadium, could use a boost.

Her 25-year-old son, Curtis Lerette, was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in mid-November and is still recuperating in the ICU unit at Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco. He suffered broken vertebrae in his neck and a severely bruised spinal area.

The good news is he has finally come out of a coma. The bad news is he may be developing pneumonia. And the worst news is he does not have medical insurance.

To help the family, a fund in Curtis' name has been established at Extraco Bank in Waco (1700 North Valley Mills Drive, Waco, Texas 76710) and "B" Association members are being urged to participate.

Several members, including immediate past-president Knox Pittard, stood in for Brenda and worked the door at the Baylor-Oklahoma State game. For more information on the fund and the young man's condition contact Reba Cooper in the "B" office at 254-710-3045.

Where's Willie? . . .
Wherever former Baylor track All-American Willie Caldwell might have been on Thanksgiving Day, it's our hope someone reminded him to give thanks for being inducted into the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 21.

However, the absence of the Killeen native could be considerably more serious than it is embarrassing because seemingly nobody knows his whereabouts.

"We tried hard to locate him," said "B" Association Assistant Director Lee Harrington. "The last anyone heard he was in the Army, but the Army wouldn't give us any information."

Also missing on awards night was new Hall-of-Fame member Robert Blackmon. The former BU All-American and NFL player chose to attend the Class 2A bi-district game between his hometown of Van Vleck and Rogers (Rogers won 22-13).

Present and accepting Hall-of-Fame certification were former track star Lisa Stone Monsees of Columbia, Missouri, and the family of late Waco golfer Johnny Arreaga.

Highlight of the evening was the Wall-of-Honor ceremony that added former Baylor center and successful oilman Gale Galloway and former quarterback and nationally acclaimed coach Hayden Fry to the hallowed "B" Room West Wall.

Attendance totaled 130 and in the crowd were a number of previous Hall of Famers, including Ken Casner, Cotton Davidson, Carroll Dawson, Hayden Fry, Gale Galloway, Ronnie Goodwin, Clyde Hart, Larry Hickman, Jerry Mallett, Walter Abercrombie, Harold Riley, Dutch Schroeder, Jack Cisco, Mickey Sullivan, Grant Teaff, Ricky Thompson and Stan Williams.

Galloway and Fry became only the fourth and fifth additions to the Wall of Honor.

FOOTBALL LEFTOVERS - A number of Baylor fans in Houston turned out for the Nov. 29 Houston-UAB game and saw the Cougars win 56-28. The victory gave UH a 7-5 season record and an invitation to meet the University of Hawaii on Christmas Day in the Hawaii Bowl. The UH-UAB game was of special interest to many of the Baylor fans because they had seen UAB defeat Baylor 24-19 in the first game of the season and then viewed a crippled-up version of the same UAB team lose in its last game of the year . . . Things We Never Knew: Former Cougar cheerleader Jimmy Gammage was at the UH-UAB game and was recounting his long friendship with former classmate Mickey Sullivan. The two attended Houston's Sam Houston High School in the late 1940s. "Everyone knows Mickey was good in baseball and football, but he was an above-average basketball player," Gammage said . . . Don't forget to RSVP for the Dec. 5-6 "B" Association activities in Houston. The Lady Bears will play in the Rice invitational basketball tournament on both days and on Saturday there will be a 2:30 p.m. "B" Association luncheon at the Houston Center Club, 1100 Caroline, in downtown Houston (See Nov. 26 "B" Line column for full details and map or call Reba Cooper in Waco.

(The "B" Line column is written by Jack Loftis, editor emeritus of The Houston Chronicle and chairman of the Baylor "B" Association Communications Committee.)