Powerful, skilled and the defending Pacific League champion, the San Marino High girls’ golf team picked up yet another league win on Sept. 23 at Brookside No. 1 in Pasadena after shooting a 204. Ada Wong led the charge for the Titans (20-0) after carding an even-par 37.
Other low scores included Arcadia’s Annie Kong, who shot a 38, and La Canada’s Maddie Kang, who finished her outing with a 39.
Arcadia (15-5) was second after finishing at 221, and Burroughs (13-7) came in third at 223.
Crescenta Valley (8-12) was fourth at 239, followed by La Canada (4-16) at 249, and Burbank (0-20) garnered sixth place with a 313.
Ashley Phelps paced the Indians with a five-over-par 42, while Raelinn Arnold carded a 43.
Maddie Riggs was next at 44, followed by Annie Adachi, who shot a 46. Bella Nava closed her afternoon with a 48, and Katy Kuoppala’s 49 was thrown out.
The Bulldogs’ lowest score was Amy Tran’s 43, followed by Alexis Poche, who carded a 53. Olga-Marie Davis finished with a 62 and Erin Tanner capped her day with a 74.
Burbank High and Burroughs were both in action in cross-country meets and each fared splendidly.
At the Billy York at Woodbridge on Saturday, senior Adam Navar paced the Bulldogs with a time of 16 minutes and 28 seconds, while senior Candela Fernandez placed fourth (18:26).
In a Pacific League meet at Arcadia Park last Thursday, Navar again led Burbank as he placed 13th (15:34) as the boys’ team took fourth overall.
Fernandez was the Bulldogs’ top runner as she finished second (17:26), while junior Kira Bochard was fifth (18:12) and senior Caroline Adams grabbed sixth (18:12) as the Burbank girls’ placed third.
At the Woodbridge Invitational on Sept. 19, Navar proved dominant as he powered the team and finished in a time of 15:42. Navar medaled by placing in the top 100.
Burbank and Burroughs were in action in cross-country meets and both fared well. (Photo By Craig Sherwood)
Fernandez had another superb outing as she took second (17:26), while Bochard grabbed 25th (18:33) and Adams was 28th (18:39).
At the Fastback Shootout on Sept. 5, Navar garnered second place for large schools (10:23), while junior Angel Flores was third (10:18) in the large school junior race.
Senior Ahmad Elzaiat was 10th (10:42) in the large school senior division, and junior Elijah Parrott was 10th (10:36) in the large school junior run.
Bochard took second in the large school junior race (11:56), while Adams was third (12:07) in the same race.
Senior Adrienne Coronel was 14th (13:51), sophomore Ariela Navasartian took 36th (14:41), freshman Natalie Danao placed 25th (14:40) and senior Jonas Macromallis was 14th (10:55).
Senior Shant Araradian was 18th (11:08), Levon Abrahamyan took 23rd, Jahir Olvera was 23rd and senior Josh Giammichele finished 37th (11:49).
At the Valencia Invitational on Sept. 3, Navar was the overall winner (16:19) and set a school record as the boys’ team placed first.
Bochard and Adams were co-winners (19:45), while Coronel finished fifth (21:56). Danao and Navasartian each made their debuts and both were impressive according to Coach Robert Hammell.
While the Bulldogs were doing well, so were the Indians at a Pacific League meet at Arcadia Park as Alexander Hirsch placed second (15:03). The Burroughs boys’ varsity team took third.
Justin Villagran was fifth (15:15), Timothy Wells took 10th (15:24), Evan Thomas was 16th (15:42), Manne Green finished 18th (15:44), Daniel Fendrich grabbed 19th (15:46) and Adam Villalpando was 23rd (16:06).
In the girls’ varsity division, Emily Virtue became the first Burroughs female to win a meet since 2007 and was clocked at 17:11. The girls’ varsity squad garnered third.
Heidi Eligio took 11th (18:56), Lakely Nealis was 12th (19:18), Sapphire Sandoval took 14th (19:26), Eileen Eckles was 15th (19:33), Betsy Ramirez placed 18th (20:12) and Jailene Diaz finished 19th (20:14).
In the boys’ junior varsity division, the Indians took second as Seth Battilana was sixth (16:28), Patrick Wells grabbed eighth (16:32), Christian Hurtado was ninth (16:33), Trent Harrison placed 13th (16:59), Cobie Cortez was 22nd (17:19), David Olympia took 23rd (17:27), Eduardo Cabrera garnered 25th (17:42), Branden Sanchez was 40th (18:44) and Alex Linares grabbed 50th (20:06).
Ariel Ramirez was fifth (21:45) in the girls’ junior varsity run, Maddy Davis was ninth (23:37), Andrea Duran took 13th (24:49), Lisandra Contreras was 15th (25:15), Madaisha Berumen was 24th (27:05) and Destiny Velasquez took 29th (28:42) as Burroughs was second.
Burroughs was first in the boys’ freshman/sophomore division as Jagdeep Chahal was first (15:42) and Jacob Calderon took second (15:42).
Chris Hoxsie was third (15:43), Andrew Hoxsie took fifth (16:06), Ethan Brown placed ninth (16:45) and Asif Chowdhury grabbed 11th (16:55).
Sameh Gharieb was 17th (17:21), Charanpreet Singh finished 18th (17:25), Jerry Hoxsie was 22nd (17:52), Connor Van Dyke took 26th (18:00), Zander Tassart was 29th (18:06), Jeron Straker finished 32nd (18:23) and Peter Lainson placed 40th (19:19).
Johnny Padungyothee was 45th (19:31), Cameron Gomez scooped up 68th (21:01) and Alex Jones was 82nd (21:49).
In the girls’ freshman/sophomore race, the Indians were second as Phoenix Reivers took second (20:55), Catrina Villalpando was 11th (21:53), Kenna Guzman placed 13th (22:13), Julianna Navarro was 16th (22:31), Ana Villalpando grabbed 17th (22:41) and Kayla Beals was 20th (23:03).
Kimberly Ochoa took 23rd (23:27), Iliana Mendias was 29th (24:06), Ava Paraszkay finished 32nd (24:40), Maya Santos took 35th (24:46) and Angelina Thompson grabbed 60th (29:57).
Burroughs’ next meet will be Oct. 3 at the Kenny Staub Invitational at Crescenta Valley Park.
It certainly wasn’t pretty and sometimes hard to watch, but the Burbank High football team survived and eventually claimed a 7-3 victory over Crescenta Valley in the Pacific League opener at Moyse Field in Glendale on Friday night.
The score that put the Bulldogs ahead was a 56-yard strike from junior quarterback Guy Gibbs to senior wide receiver Noah Powell with 7:44 left in the fourth quarter. The pass traveled about 20 yards, but the rest was all Powell.
“I’m so emotional right now,” said Powell, who had three receptions for 72 yards and also plays defensive back. “Everything that I’ve been through. All these guys have my back. I just don’t know what to say.”
BHS quarterback Guy Gibbs had a 56-yard toss to Noah Powell for the game-winner versus the Falcons. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
When asked to explain the game-winner, Powell said it was something he had dreamed about. “I just caught it and then turned on the jets,” he offered.
Powell’s effort was indeed superb, but it wasn’t until junior defensive back Forest Fajardo picked off junior quarterback Tyler Hill that the contest was sealed.
“I thought it would be a close game,” Fajardo said. “We faced adversity and we came through. We really wanted this win after what they did to us last year. They don’t like us and we don’t like them.”
Offensively it was tough sledding for each team. The Bulldogs amassed 123 total net yards, including 33 yards on the ground. But every yard was gained with grit and determination, and also a great deal of sweat.
It was that kind of game, and a match the Bulldogs could be proud of considering the Falcons (222 total yards) were also pushed back at every turn, with the exception of a 26-yard field goal from junior Alex Atanackovic and 45 seconds left in the first quarter.
Crescenta Valley (2-2 and 0-1 in league), the defending CIF Southern Section Southeast Division champion, owned the ball during most of the opening half, but the only points it was able to muster was a field goal.
“That was ugly,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “But we gutted it out. We were so awesome. They’re warriors. Our defense battled.”
After the Bulldogs’ initial possession went 19 yards, the Falcons had the ball the rest of the quarter which resulted in the successful field goal.
The ensuing 52-yard kickoff return by junior defensive back Andy Reyes gave the Bulldogs (2-2 and 1-0 in league) the ball at the Crescenta Valley 46-yard line.
But junior running back Nick Warren (11 carries for 24 yards and three catches for 18 yards) lost two yards, and Gibbs’ pass to Powell netted only five yards.
Gibbs (six of 16 for 90 yards) then tossed an incomplete pass which forced the Bulldogs to punt, but the Falcons weren’t able to do anything offensively, which was the case during the rest of the game.
“We left a lot of plays out there on the field,” Broussard said. “We won, but there’s a lot of things that we need to improve upon.”
Burbank had the ball four times in the opening half, and six times during the second half and scored only once.
The Bulldogs play Friday night at Memorial Field in a matchup against winless Muir.
The Pacific League schedule begins tonight as Burbank High visits Crescenta Valley at Moyse Field in Glendale, while Burroughs hosts winless Muir at Memorial Field.
The Bulldogs are technically 1-2 after winning by 18 points, then forfeiting their season-opener at Monrovia, losing to Ayala at home by seven points, before knocking off visiting Canyon by 29 points.
Crescenta Valley is the defending CIF Southern Section Southeast Division champion, and enters Friday’s contest with a 2-1 mark after beating Verdugo Hills, 37-17, on the road, falling to Golden Valley, 39-20, at home and routing La Canada, 35-3, on the road.
The Falcons have replaced quarterback Brian Gadsby, who is pitching at UCLA with junior Tyler Hill, who has thrown for 411 yards.
Hill has five touchdown tosses with three interceptions, and has amassed 148 yards on the ground with three touchdowns.
Hill’s favorite receiver is senior Boston Lakin, who has caught 12 passes for 203 yards with three scores. Lakin has accumulated 517 all-purpose yards.
Hill’s other targets include junior wide receiver Andrew Traber, who has snared six passes for 104 yards with one score, and junior running back Brandon Beardt, who has grabbed five passes for 42 yards with one touchdown.
Beardt leads the Falcons with 182 yards rushing and four touchdowns and has 351 all-purpose yards.
Sophomore linebacker Brian Erickson has nine solo tackles with 24 assists, and senior linebacker Jack Yaacoubian has 11 solo tackles with 15 assists.
Junior defensive lineman Nobel Leduc has 18 solo tackles and 13 assists with three sacks, and Beardt, a defensive back, has 11 solo tackles with 11 assists and one sack.
Burbank junior signal-caller Guy Gibbs is steadily improving and has accounted for four touchdown passes with three picks and 337 yards. Junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo has caught nine passes for 154 yards and one score.
Sophomore running back Darnell Williams has churned out 227 yards and grabbed seven passes for 57 yards. Williams has 413 all-purpose yards with 129 yards coming on kick returns.
The other running back is junior Nick Warren, who has found the end zone twice and has 149 rushing yards.
Defensively the Bulldogs are paced by junior defensive back Andy Reyes, who has 31 solo tackles with eight assists, and junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez, who has 16 solo tackles with seven assists and an interception.
Senior defensive back David Medrano has nine solo tackles and 12 assists with one sack, while junior linebacker Jake Kelley has 13 solo tackles with seven assists and one sack.
Fajardo, a defensive back, has delivered 14 solo tackles with two assists and two picks, and senior defensive lineman Jha’rod Horhn has nine solo tackles with four assists and two sacks.
Burroughs lost its initial game by 20 points at Calabasas, then routed host Rosemead by 34 points and drilled Santa Fe by 39 points at home.
The Indians’ offense is spearheaded by senior quarterback Steven Hubbell, who has thrown for 497 yards. Hubbell has tossed nine touchdown passes with two interceptions and has rushed for two scores.
The top ground-gainer is junior tailback Chance Bell, who has 414 yards with six touchdowns and 488 all-purpose yards.
Hubbell’s deep threat is senior wide receiver Cade Borland, who has 185 yards on 13 receptions with two scores, while senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez has snared nine passes for 79 yards with four touchdowns and has compiled 222 all-purpose yards.
Senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi has 158 all-purpose yards, including 76 yards on punt returns and 55 yards on kick returns.
Awunganyi, a defensive back, has nine solo tackles and 10 assists, while senior defensive back Devlin Jimenez has six solo tackles with 10 assists.
Senior linebacker Branden Garcia has recorded four solo tackles with 12 assists, senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel has nine solo tackles with five assists, senior linebacker Josue Chicas Ortiz has five solo tackles with 10 assists, and senior defensive lineman Cole Gurley has two solo tackles with five assists along with three and a half sacks.
The once-mighty Mustangs have only 31 players on their roster and have lost to Salesian, 34-14, at home, Cathedral, 61-7 on the road and host Hart, 47-12.
Hoping to locate the win column after suffering a stunning 20-13 nonleague loss to Ayala, the Burbank High football team will host Canyon tonight at Memorial Field with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
That loss took away some of the steam after the Bulldogs defeated powerful Monrovia, 38-20, in the season opener, so second-year Coach Richard Broussard and his staff shouldn’t take anything for granted against the Cowboys.
Canyon lost to talented Calabasas and Thousand Oaks by scores of 48-14 and 53-26, respectively, but bounced back and routed Eastside, 33-14.
This will be an excellent test for the Bulldogs, who are expected to compete for the Pacific League title, which begins next week.
Burbank junior quarterback Guy Gibbs has started two games, and is getting used to the speed at which varsity football is played.
Gibbs has been efficient after throwing four touchdown passes with two interceptions.
Gibbs averages 114 passing yards per game, and though these numbers are decent, they should improve with experience.
Burbank’s strength is its potent running attack which is led by sophomore tailback Darnell Williams, who averages nearly 77 yards per game, and has accounted for 254 all-purpose yards, including 80 yards on kickoff returns.
Junior Nick Warren has 100 yards with a score, while junior Jake Kelley has run for 59 yards and two touchdowns.
Junior Forest Fajardo is the top receiver with 111 yards and six receptions with a touchdown, and senior Max Weisman has four catches for 63 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively the Bulldogs are paced by junior defensive back Andy Reyes, who has 22 solo tackles and six assists, while junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez has 13 solo tackles and five assists.
Burbank’s hard-hitting defense will be critical against Canyon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Linebacker Kelley has one sack along with six solo tackles and four assists, defensive back Fajardo has seven solo tackles and two assists, senior defensive back David Medrano has collected seven solo tackles and 10 assists.
Junior defensive back C.J. Mays has eight solo tackles and four assists with one sack, and senior defensive end Jha’rod Horhn has five solo tackles with three assists and two sacks.
Canyon junior quarterback Miles Fallin has found the target on 30 of 70 attempts for 315 yards, while tossing two touchdowns with two picks.
When the Cowboys run the football, junior Henry Arellano should lead the charge after gaining 76 yards with a touchdown, while senior Ricky Aguilera has 44 yards and one score.
The Bulldogs should zero in on junior wide receiver Camden Apsay, who has 78 yards on seven receptions. Junior Riely Ward has snared five passes for 37 yards and senior Dylan Ramirez has 44 yards on four catches with a score.
Gibbs will have to keep a careful watch on senior linebacker Travis Clarke, who has 16 solo tackles and three assists, junior Cole Manclow, who has six solo tackles and eight assists, and junior strong safety Jake Gavin, who has 10 solo tackles and two assists.
It’s certainly not going to be easy, but the Bulldogs can prevail if the offense, defense and special team plays at a high level and they keep the turnovers to a minimum.
For the first time since November 2013, in what has become a long battle over how to replace the aging terminal at Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport, the Burbank City Council and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, the group that operates the airport, met publicly.
The information session at Burbank’s Buena Vista Library on Wednesday provided an opportunity for the public to hear the authority’s latest plans for a replacement terminal.
Where to build the new terminal is not the only matter to consider, as a second Metrolink station is being built at the airport and a possible California High-Speed Rail station there could attract even more people to the area.
Burbank Council Member Emily Gabel-Luddy said the airport’s location was unique in California, maybe even the country, as it pertains to rail and transit connections. She called the project an “opportunity, not a detriment to the community or traveling public.”
Built in 1930, the existing terminal no longer meets current seismic standards and some parts of the building are too close to runways and do not meet current FAA requirements, the airport authority says.
There are two options for where on the airport a replacement terminal would be built, and the preferred option would be north of the existing terminal and near a planned Metrolink station. The station will be a part of the Antelope Valley Line. Officials broke ground on the station in 2013 although construction has not yet started. The preferred terminal site is also near a possible future location of a California High-Speed Rail station, although those plans have not been finalized.
An existing Metrolink station on the Ventura County Line stands on the south side of the airport at Empire Avenue.
In order to build on the preferred site, Burbank must relinquish control of an easement for access to Hollywood Way. The city council must also approve the authority’s plans and Burbank voters will ultimately decide if the plan moves forward.
If so, the process also will include an environmental review and residents and travelers may not see “shovels to the ground” until possibly 2019 or 2020, said Dan Feger, the airport authority’s executive director.
An alternative location for a replacement terminal would be on the southwest quadrant of the airport. The authority may not need Burbank to approve construction as it already owns the land, but existing aviation tenants would need to move out and the southwest parcel is further away from the possible high-speed rail station.
The existing terminal is about 232,000 square feet, according to information discussed Wednesday, and the replacement terminal would come in at about 355,000 square feet, regardless of where it is built. Once the new terminal is built, the existing one would be closed and demolished.
While the planned terminal will be larger, the number of gates stays the same, at 14.
The estimated cost of the project is $300-$400 million, and will be paid for by funds from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), said Steve Madison, president of the airport authority who represents the city of Pasadena. Plans also include a new fire station.
The airport provides tens of thousands of jobs and generated close to $2 billion in total economic output in fiscal year 2013, according to documents provided at the meeting. Bob Hope Airport generated an estimated $6.5 million in revenue for the city of Burbank. Neighboring cities benefit as well, and public comments from Pasadena civic figures noted that important relationship, especially as it pertains to tourism for the Rose Bowl.
Throughout the three-hour meeting, both sides acknowledged they haven’t talked in some time, and Madison noted in some of his opening remarks that discussions started in 2011.
While the meeting was not without acrimony, it also allowed the parties involved to acknowledge the need to further discuss the matter and show they were not without a sense of humor.
Burbank City Councilman Will Rogers at one point said he had a few more questions, but, “Will save the rest for later when I understand we can use knives.”
Fifteen people spoke at the meeting, among about 100 attendees, representing Burbank, Pasadena and Lake View Terrace.
Among them was Paul Dyson, a Burbank resident of more than 20 years. Dyson also serves on the city’s Transportation Commission and as president of the Rail Passengers Association of California, but said he was speaking as a taxpayer Wednesday.
He noted the planned Metrolink station and that the high-speed rail route would be coming through Burbank.
“As a taxpayer, I am looking for the best outcome,” Dyson said.
Council member Gabel-Luddy said passengers will still be able to get off from the back of the plane and addressed the historic nature of the terminal, and said she wanted to preserve the building when she first was elected to the city council.
“We can preserve key parts…and transfer features to the new building,” at “Hollywood Burbank Bob Hope Airport,” she added, alluding to recent discussions about possibly adding Los Angeles to the airport’s name.
Pasadena Mayor and airport commissioner Terry Tornek talked about evolving standards for public facilities and gave the example of a public school in Pasadena that has stood at its current location for several decades. As benchmarks change, the school may not be eligible for public funding because it no longer meets current seismic standards as it is too close to a fault line, he said.
Tornek, a former Pasadena city planner, said the terminal is not going to be shut down, but that commissioners do have a sense of urgency.
“We need a safer terminal,” he said.
Tornek said the authority wanted to build on the preferred site, but if they didn’t get the vote, he said the airport authority still has the responsibility to build a safer terminal.
He said issues with Burbank were “reconcilable” and referred to disagreements as “technical differences.”
However, among those differences is Burbank’s desire for veto power.
Nine commissioners make up the airport authority, with three representatives from each city who are appointed by their respective city council. Burbank could thus be outvoted on important issues.
Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos thanked those in attendance and watching from home as he closed the meeting. The Burbank City Council will review the proposal in closed session, and in 30 to 45 days will present their position publicly, he said.
Frutos also acknowledged airport commissioners.
“I know there were differences of opinion every step of the way, and I thank the commission for being here,” he said.
Earlier in the night he noted that both sides had not talked since last year.
Olive Memorial Stadium (Photo courtesy of Wes Clark and Mike McDaniel)
By Dick Dornan MyBurbank Sports Editor
With Major League Baseball spring training underway, we thought it would be fun to reminisce on the St. Louis Browns existence at Olive Memorial Stadium. Below is the story of their stay as well as a video that captures a bit of history here in Burbank.
Olive Memorial Stadium and the St. Louis Browns
Olive Memorial Stadium was home to the St. Louis Browns for spring training from 1949 – 1952 (Photo courtesy of Wes Clark and Mike McDaniel)
Gone but not forgotten. Quiet but not silent. From 1947 to 1989, a brick-facade stadium located at 1111 W. Olive Ave. (now known as George Izay Park) was home to Burbank residents and guests who utilized the facility for America’s national pastime of baseball. Guests you might ask? Who might that be? Well, Olive Memorial Stadium was home to the St. Louis Browns of Major League Baseball during spring training from 1949 to 1952.
It’s been 20 years now since the demolition of the ‘ole stadium. Tucked away in the southwest corner of the park, this grand old venue with a seating capacity of 1,000 people hosted each spring what many critics called the “worst team in the history of baseball.”
Built in 1947 for $64,425, closed to the public in 1989, and razed in 1995, Olive Memorial Stadium provided for four spring seasons a setting where the St. Louis Browns of the American League could enjoy an atmosphere of competitive baseball, beautiful weather and friendly crowds.
All that remains now is a memorial concrete column with plaques that was awarded to the city of Burbank on December 14, 1945, and was dedicated on May 30, 1947, to honor Burbank residents who were killed in World War II.
St. Louis Browns of the American League; now the Baltimore Orioles
“First in shoes, first in booze, and last in the American League” was an expression synonymous with the St. Louis Browns. In their 52 year history, the “Brownies” finished in last place in their division 14 times and seventh 12 times. They only had three top-two finishes in their history. The Browns finished their St. Louis stay with a morbid overall record of 3,414 wins and 4,465 losses.
The lone bright spot in their franchise history was the victorious 1944 American League pennant over the Detroit Tigers. In an All-St. Louis World Series, the Browns lost to their city rival, the St. Louis Cardinals, in the ‘Streetcar Series’ four games to two held at Sportsman’s Park.
Discovered in 1901 as the original Milwaukee Brewers, the Browns moved and became residents of St. Louis in 1902 and stayed there through the 1953 season. In 1954, because of direct competition with the Cardinals and their wealthy and popular owner August A. Busch Jr., Browns owner Bill Veeck sold the team and the squad re-located to Baltimore where they became the Orioles.
Olive Memorial Stadium was built in the southwest corner of now George Izay Park at 1111 W. Olive Ave. (Photo courtesy of Wes Clark and Mike McDaniel)
For one month a year, the Browns called the city of Burbank home. The players lived across the street at the Olive Manor Motel (since demolished). Despite their poor play throughout the years, the Browns were supported with open arms by the citizens of Burbank. As it is now like it was back then, spring training represents the preparation and beginning of the major league baseball season when hope springs eternal and spirits are high.
Local Burbank workers came by during their lunch hour to catch a glimpse of some of baseball’s finest players. Families descended in droves upon this popular park in hopes of seeing their heroes. With the Chicago Cubs playing in nearby Avalon on Catalina Island, the Pittsburgh Pirates in San Bernardino, the Chicago White Sox in Pasadena and the New York Giants in Phoenix, chances of seeing a favorite player or even a Hollywood celebrity was very good.
Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Andy Devine, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Nat King Cole, Dinah Shore and Marilyn Monroe were sighted visiting with the players in the clubhouse after practices and games. Maybe they weren’t the New York Yankees, but these “Brownies” were popular with the city of Burbank and its loyal fans.
It has been said that the Browns even upstaged Burbank On Parade, the city’s annual parade. By drawing crowds as large as 2,500, Olive Memorial Stadium was filled to capacity with fans lining along the left and right field foul lines. Spring baseball fever was alive and well in Burbank as the Browns and their opponents entertained the throngs of fans.
Browns Manager and MLB Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby greets the mayor of Burbank (Photo courtesy of Wes Clark and Mike McDaniel)
Spring training in Burbank brought out a who’s who of baseball legends. Some of the star-studded cast included: St. LouisCardinal legend and1952 Browns Manager Rogers Hornsby, Browns pitcher and Negro League star Satchel Paige, Browns 1949 MLB Rookie of the Year Roy Sievers, New York/SF Giants Willie Mays, New York/SF Giants Bobby Thomson, Chicago White Sox Luke Appling, Cleveland Indians Bob Lemon, Cleveland Indians Bob Feller, Pittsburgh Pirates Ralph Kiner and the Chicago Cubs Hank Sauer.
Right here in our own backyard.
After the Browns left Burbank, the stadium was primarily used throughout the years for amateur and semi-pro baseball such as American Legion Post 150 as well as for the local high school teams and occasionally the Hollywood Stars. As the decades came and went, the stadium became more and more neglected. Grafitti, cracks in the concrete, splintered bleachers and a warped roof covered the facility.
The stadium closed in 1989 and for six years thereafter, debates and arguments raged on for the future of this historic site. Should it be renovated? Should it be destroyed and a new baseball structure built? Ultimately, the facility was rendered unsafe by the Burbank City Council.
Citing the poor dilapidated condition of the venue, the popularity of area softball and the expensive cost to rebuild a new baseball stadium (between $800,000 and a $1,000,000), Olive Memorial Stadium was demolished in 1995 and replaced with the current softball field in existence.
St. Louis Browns vs. Cleveland Indians (Photo courtesy of Wes Clark and Mike McDaniel)
On a casual Sunday afternoon drive heading north on Olive Ave., look to your left as you pass by George Izay Park and try to remember or even reminisce what Burbank once had: the St. Louis Browns and Major League Baseball entertaining Burbankers.
Just imagine in your head for a second the following scene at Olive Memorial Stadium: Browns Manager Rogers Hornsby in the dugout with his pitcher and legend Satchel Paige on the mound. At first base is the Giants’ Bobby Thomson and at the plate is a youngster named Willie Mays. Now those were the days. And I wasn’t even born yet….
myBurbank.com would like to thank the Burbank Historical Society and long-time Burbank resident Dr. Joe Dossen for their generosity and insight into the St. Louis Browns as well as Wes Clark and Mike McDaniel for allowing us to use their photography.
In honor of the St. Louis Browns, here are some exclusive personal accounts given by the former “Brownie” players.
Jim Dyck, #27, third baseman and the final player to ever appear in a Brown’s uniform on Sept. 27, 1953: (1951-1953)
On Spring Training– “We played the Cubs a lot. We formed some lasting friendships. The Brownie spring camps always were fun. Good fields, good lodging, everything first class. I loved the Browns and still do.”
On Manager Rogers Hornsby– “I also remember how mean, gruff and ornery Hornsby was. Great player, terrible manager.”
Hank Arft, #3, first baseman (1948-1952)
St. Louis Browns cap
On Spring Training– “Burbank was still ‘small town’ during that time. The fans were warm and friendly. We lived in a motel close to the park, very convenient, and the weather was fabulous. Happy memories!”
On Manager Rogers Hornsby– “Mr. Hornsby was one of the greatest hitters who ever played and he thought that any player should be able to hit like he did. He played better than he managed. He had no sympathy for a player who didn’t produce, regardless of the circumstances.”
On MLB players – “Players’ attitudes were different in those days. It was a thrill to meet those great players and to be on the field with them. Joe DiMaggio was always a gentleman, on and off the field. I wanted to be like him. Just to walk out in Yankee Stadium was a thrill. To get a hit off Raschi or Reynolds made my day.”
Joe DeMaestri, #1, shortstop (1952)
On Manager Rogers Hornsby– “It was the worst time of my baseball career.”
On Owner Bill Veeck– “He was great to us. Excellent relationship.”
Billy DeMars, #1, shortstop (1950-1951)
On Spring Training– “We had some exciting rides to and from the ballpark and hotel.”
On Manager Zack Taylor– “From 1 to 10, 10 being highest he would have been a 5.”
1950 St. Louis Browns
Roy Sievers, #18, outfielder and first baseman, Rookie of the Year- 1949 (1949-1953)
On Spring Training– “I had some great springs there. A great hitting park. It was a great area to train in plus the city itself was great to the players.”
Ned Garver, #31, pitcher, Led AL in complete games in 1950 and 1951; won 20 games in 1950 (1948-1952)
On Spring Training– “I got to meet some movie stars- Bing Crosby came in the clubhouse and I got a picture with him. The Browns team was introduced on the Graucho Marx TV show.”
On Manager Rogers Hornsby– “Did not seem to have many friends. At least a few showed up. Baseball’s greatest right hand hitter and no friends – very sad. Very strange atmosphere. Not conducive to players being able to perform at their best.”
On the Cardinals– “Just enjoyed getting to play against Musial, Slaughter, Moore, Marion, etc.”
Bob Cain, #33, pitcher (1952-1953)
On Spring Training– “Always remember how Satchel Paige would try to hide behind the left field wall from Rogers Hornsby.”
On Manager Rogers Hornsby– “I got along with Rogers Hornsby very well. I thought he was a pretty good manager.”
On Eddie ‘the midget’ Gaedel’s funeral– “My wife, Judy, and I were the only ones from baseball at his funeral. Enclosed is the article about us at the funeral and a card showing me pitching to the midget.”
We conclude our special feature on the St. Louis Browns with some interesting facts.
Did you know….
The Browns name is shortened from Brown Stockings, which was also the original name of the Cardinals. The name simply refers to the colors the team wore.
The grandstand seats at Olive Memorial Stadium were $1.80 for adults and 90 cents for children under 12.
The Los Angeles Rams used Olive Memorial Stadium as their main practice facility from 1959 to 1962.
The St. Louis Browns have two Hall of Fame players enshrined in Cooperstown: George Sisler, 1B, 1915 – 1927 and Bobby Wallace, SS, 1902 – 1916. Sisler won the MVP in 1922.
Sisler was the premier hitter of his era. His 257 hits in 1920 stood as the single season standard until passed by Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki in 2004. His .420 average in 1922 is still the third highest single season average on record since 1900. Rogers Hornsby hit .424 as a Cardinal in 1924.
MLB’s smallest player ever, St. Louis Browns Eddie Gaedel at bat
The 1948 All-Star Game was hosted by the Browns at Sportman’s Park in St. Louis.
Eddie Gaedel, “the midget”, is the smallest player to have ever played major league baseball. On Aug. 18, 1951, owner Bill Veeck signed 3’7” midget Eddie Gaedel to make an appearance for the Browns as part of a publicity stunt.
Weighing 65 pounds and wearing #1/8 (one-eighth), Gaedel stepped to the plate as a pinch-hitter in the first inning of the second game of a doubleheader vs. the Detroit Tigers.
Facing future Browns pitcher Bob Cain, Gaedel took four balls and walked to first base. He was removed for a pinch runner and Gaedel never played major league baseball again. It was the most memorable moment in St. Louis Browns history.
After firing a warning shot to the Burbank City Council on Friday in a form of a letter that Mayor David Gordon called both inflammatory and controversial, the Burbank, Glendale Airport Commission delayed their action regarding the offer sheet proposed to Burbank.
While the letter has still not been made public as of Monday at noon as was promised at the Sunday City Council meeting, the letter from Executive Director Dan Feger implied that the Authority would basically unhook the new terminal and the B-6 property and immediately put it on the open market unless the city takes immediate action in the negotiations.
Burbank called a special meeting of the City Council on Sunday night (the first one in about 20 years) and unanimously voted for the airport to delay their action on Monday until all three Burbank commissioners could be present (Bill Wiggens is on a family trip) and the city would not accept all of the condition of a term letter sent in November.
Authority President Steve Madison (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Commission President Steve Madison begun the Monday morning meeting by stating that the Authority values the membership of all three cities and that the action by the City Council was heard loud and clear. After only three speakers addressed the commission in the room before a closed session was called that lasted for about an hour.
Burbank Commissioner Don Brown welcomes newly appointed commissioner Ray Adams to his first meeting (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
After returning, Madison announced that Resolution 462 would be delayed in respect to the vote by the City Council. Both Burbank Commissioners, Don Brown and newly appointed Ray Adams were in attendance.
No word was given when the item would be brought back but the agreement with the City expires on March 15.
Here is the content of Resolution Number 462 as presented on the Authority’s agenda for the Monday meeting that the authority wanted the council to immediately act upon:
WITHDRAWAL OF TRUST PROPERTY (OPPORTUNITY SITE) APPLICATIONS;
COMMENCEMENT OF TRUST PROPERTY SALE PROCESS;
ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION NO. 462 MEMORIALIZING COMMITMENTS
TO THE CITY OF BURBANK FOR THE FUTURE OF THE AIRPORT
Staff seeks Commission approval of the following: (i) authorization for the Executive Director to withdraw the Authority’s entitlement applications for the approximately 59-acre former Lockheed Plant B-6 Trust Property (“Trust Property”) (sometimes referred to as the “Opportunity Site”); (ii) authorization for the Executive Director to put the entire Trust Property on the market with an option to subtract three acres if a deal is reached with the City of Burbank (“Burbank”) for a replacement terminal on the Lockheed Plant B-6 Adjacent Property (“Adjacent Property”); and (iii) adoption of the attached Resolution No. 462, a Resolution of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Commission Memorializing Commitments to the City of Burbank Regarding the Burbank Bob Hope Airport.
These actions are the next step towards the Authority’s objective of reaching a consensus with Burbank, its voters, the City of Glendale (“Glendale”), the City of Pasadena (“Pasadena”), the airlines, and the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) on an Adjacent Property replacement terminal. To this end, Resolution No. 462 (“Resolution”) addresses three commitments.
First, the Resolution memorializes the Commission’s willingness and commitment to indefinitely and unilaterally provide protections to Burbank (i.e., protections not incorporated into a Joint Powers Agreement (“JPA”) amendment) until such time as Burbank takes a hostile action against the Authority. These protections provide quality of life benefits for the surrounding community and continue to fulfill the Authority mission statement to “be a good neighbor.”
Second, the Resolution memorializes the Commission’s commitment to build a replacement passenger terminal building with no increase in the number of aircraft gates or public automobile parking spaces, consistent with the discussions of the Airport Land Use Working Group and the public presentations made to Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena.
Finally, the Resolution memorializes the Commission’s commitment to give Burbank seven more weeks to accept the Authority’s November 21, 2014, term sheet proposal for permanent protections for the Burbank community and vested entitlements for the Authority to construct a replacement 14-gate passenger terminal building on the Adjacent Property.
In October 2011 the Authority and Burbank amended the Development Agreement to extend the term until March 15, 2015, and to permit the parties to publicly discuss a vision for the future of the Airport. The vision includes:
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Development of the Trust Property;
Entitlement for construction of a replacement 14-gate terminal building on the Adjacent Property; and
Amending the JPA that created and governs the Authority to give each city the power to veto certain Commission actions that could change how the Airport impacts the quality of life for the surrounding community in the future.
Authority and Burbank staff, in conjunction with the Airport Land Use Working Group, subsequently met numerous times to negotiate a term sheet that would form the basis for a new Development Agreement and entitlements for a replacement terminal on the Adjacent Property. Additionally, the Authority and Burbank conducted multiple public presentations regarding the Authority’s desire to sell the Trust Property in an entitled condition, which would allow a future developer to build on the site without further discretionary review by Burbank. As part of that process, the Authority engaged consultants to prepare various conceptual plans and those plans were reviewed by Burbank staff and the Airport Land Use Working Group over many months prior to the Authority’s preparation and submission of formal applications.
On November 14, 2013, at a joint meeting, the Commission and the Burbank City Council approved the basic characteristics of an Adjacent Property replacement terminal and a Trust Property development for purposes of further study and the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (“FIR”). The Trust Property portion was to study development of up to approximately three million square feet of mixed uses (Office, Flex/Industrial, Retail and Hotel) based on economic analysis predicated on estimated demand for such facilities over a 15-year time period.
Due to community concern about the three-million-square-foot proposed development on the Trust Property, including comments from some Burbank Councilmembers, the Authority decided to reduce the proposed density. In December 2013 the Authority submitted to Burbank entitlement applications for an Adjacent Property replacement terminal and for Trust Property development. The Trust Property applications proposed a reduced project of approximately 2.3 million square feet of mixed uses that would be developed and absorbed into the market over a ten-year time period.
The attached Exhibit 1 shows the configuration of the Trust Property, which is comprised of three blocks of land. Two of the blocks are zoned M-2 and total approximately 42 acres; the third block is zoned Airport and is approximately 18 acres. The conceptual layout for the Trust Property development contemplated that approximately three acres of the site would be transferred to the Authority to accommodate a special placement for parking structures that would serve the Adjacent Property replacement terminal. That special placement was a response to Burbank staff’s desire for a “view corridor” allowing the replacement terminal to be seen from Hollywood Way. It is possible to configure the parking structures in a manner that does not require land from the Trust Property, but those alternative configurations likely would not preserve the view corridor feature.
On February 3, 2014, Authority staff gave the Commission a public presentation regarding the proposed terminal alternatives for environmental analysis. A copy of that presentation is attached as Exhibit 2. Page 3 of that presentation identified Alternative 1, which states that the development of a terminal on the Southwest Quadrant of the Airport would not include a
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change in governance and that the Opportunity Site would be sold with its current zoning. This presentation was also made to the city councils of Glendale and Pasadena. Burbank staff declined Authority staff’s offer to make that presentation to the Burbank City Council.
In March 2014 the Authority and Burbank executed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) to cooperate and coordinate their respective efforts regarding the EIR preparation.
In June 2014 Authority staff shared with Burbank staff comments regarding the Burbank’s draft staff report on alternatives for the EIR. Authority staffs comments clearly stated the position of the Commission, Glendale, and Pasadena that JPA amendments would only be granted for the entitlement of a replacement terminal on the Adjacent Property, and not for a replacement terminal on the Southwest Quadrant. Burbank staff did not incorporate Authority staff’s comments in the final version of the Burbank staff report.
In July 2014 the Authority put the EIR on hold pending reaching a resolution with Burbank regarding the project description and project alternatives. During the ensuing time period, Burbank staff and Authority staff continued to negotiate the language of a term sheet.
AUTHORITY TERM SHEET PROPOSAL
On November 18, 2014, President Madison and Vice President Quintero met with
Mayor Gordon and Vice Mayor Frutos on the term sheet. A recap letter summarizing that meeting was sent to Burbank on that same date and is attached as Exhibit 3. That recap letter restated the position of the Commission, Glendale, and Pasadena that amendments to the JPA to change governance of the Authority would only be approved if Burbank approves entitlements for a replacement terminal on the Adjacent Property and would terminate if the Authority was forced to build a replacement terminal on the Southwest Quadrant.
Authority Counsel subsequently sent the City Attorney a November 21, 2014, term sheet representing the Authority’s proposal for this “deal.” A copy of that term sheet is attached as Exhibit 4. Highlights of the Authority’s November 21, 2014, term sheet proposal include the following:
The JPA will be amended to require affirmative votes by two Commissioners appointed by each city in order for the Commission to take any of the following actions:
Increase the number of commercial airline passenger gates above 14;
Create or construct any remote parking positions for air carrier aircraft;
Approve any expansion of the existing terminal, any expansion of the replacement terminal beyond 355,000 square feet, or any relocation of airline passenger related airport functions from the replacement terminal;
Amend the Authority’s Noise Rules and the manner in which they have been enforced since 1994 except to implement the mandatory curfew sought in the Authority’s Part 161 Application;
Amend the Authority’s voluntary curfew or the manner in which it has been applied since the voluntary curfew was adopted (prior to the creation of the Authority) except to implement the mandatory curfew sought in the Authority’s Part 161 Application;
Abandon support for congressional authorization for the imposition of the mandatory curfew sought in the Authority’s Part 161 Application. This commitment would not preclude the Commission from opposing legislation that would authorize the imposition of noise and/or access restrictions that differ from the mandatory curfew sought in the Authority’s Part 161 Application or that would limit funding for the FAA to enforce federal law at the Airport;
Approve the acquisition of real property except for the following: (a) airspace easements, utility easements, and avigation easements; (b) an access easement, airport parking restriction, view corridor easement, and other interests in the Trust Property that facilitate the construction and operation of the replacement terminal; and (c) acquisitions approved by Burbank; and
Approve an airport management contract or lease with a maximum term in excess of 35 years.
The JPA amendments will be binding on the Commission’s successors and assignees including the Authority’s management company.
The JPA amendments will become effective shortly after a positive Measure B vote if there is no litigation challenge.
Termination of JPA Amendments
The JPA amendments would all be automatically terminated if Burbank takes certain specified hostile actions against the Authority to stop or impede construction and operation of a replacement terminal. Additionally, any particular JPA amendment that is deemed invalid by the FAA or a court would automatically terminate. However, the Authority would be obligated to defend the validity of that particular JPA amendment until a final appellate court decision is rendered, and the other JPA amendments would remain in effect.
Transient Parking Tax
Burbank could not increase the transient parking tax, as applied to the Authority’s parking lots, beyond the current 12% rate.
Duration of Development Agreement
The new Development Agreement would have a ten-year term, with up to three five-year extensions in the Authority’s discretion.
Use and Sale of Trust Property
Burbank would allow temporary uses to continue on the Trust Property until the site is sold and would consider extending the sale deadline so that Burbank can complete a specific plan for the site and the Authority can continue generating rental revenue.
Retention of Portion of Trust Property
The Authority would obtain title to approximately three acres of the Trust Property for use in the Adjacent Property replacement terminal project. This additional increase in the acreage owned by the Authority would be offset by elimination of all uses, including parking uses, on the approximately 5.3 acre Parking Lot B.
Because the Development Agreement is set to expire on March 15, 2015, and despite discussions between Burbank and the Authority over the last two years that have not yet resulted in complete consensus between the parties, the Authority feels compelled to take public action prior to the pending expiration date so that its position and conduct cannot be misunderstood or misinterpreted. To show that the Authority is listening to, and is sensitive to the input of the community from its outreach efforts, the Authority has determined that it will withdraw its Trust Property entitlement applications.
The Authority will begin the process of selling the Trust Property in accordance with the requirements set forth in the Amended, Restated, Superseding, and Combined Escrow and Trust Agreement (“Trust Agreement”).
Further, the Authority remains committed to addressing the pressing need to replace its existing 85-year-old, outdated terminal building with a modern terminal that satisfies all current building safety design standards, but with the same number of aircraft gates and public parking spaces as the existing terminal.
The Authority seeks Burbank approval pursuant to Measure B of a replacement 14-gate terminal on the Adjacent Property consistent with the Authority’s November 21, 2014, term sheet proposal and consistent with terminal layout previously presented at the joint session of the Burbank City Council and the Commission on November 14, 2013.
The Authority will, by resolution, immediately implement the protections identified in that November 21, 2014, term sheet proposal so that these protections are in place prior to the expiration of the Development Agreement. It is the Authority’s intent that these protections will remain in effect indefinitely absent a hostile act by Burbank as more fully set forth in the draft Resolution.
TIME PERIOD FOR CONSIDERATION OF TERM SHEET
The Resolution provides for the automatic expiration of the Authority’s November 21, 2014, term sheet proposal upon the occurrence of certain events. Burbank’s failure to accept the proposal by March 31, 2015, in the manner described in the Resolution is one such event. If Burbank accepts the proposal but the parties do not complete drafting of the documents (a new Development Agreement, entitlements, and Measure B language) by May 31, 2015, then that too would cause expiration of the proposal. The proposal also would expire if the parties complete the drafting and Burbank does not hold a Measure B election on an Adjacent Property replacement terminal within one year of the Authority’s certification of the EIR. Upon any expiration of the proposal, the Resolution requires the Executive Director to notify Glendale and Pasadena in writing that the Commission no longer supports amending the JPA.
However, as long as Burbank does not take a hostile action against the Authority, the protections afforded by the resolution will remain in place, even if Burbank does not accept the term sheet proposal.
CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT
Authority staff has determined that it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the adoption of the Resolution may have a significant effect on the environment. The Resolution does not approve a project or authorize construction and, in fact, preserves the status quo. The Resolution is therefore exempt from the environmental review requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act pursuant to Section 15061(b) (3) of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations. The sale of the Trust Property is required by the Trust Agreement, which has been subject to prior environmental review.
If Burbank accepts the Authority’s November 21, 2014, term sheet proposal by March 31 as described above, there is sufficient funding in the current FY 2014/2015 budget under the Replacement Terminal line item to restart the EIR.
Authority staff will need to develop a revised budget for the balance of the current fiscal year and for FY 2015/2016 after consultation with the EIR consultant for the revised scope of work.
Authority staff recommends that the Commission approve the following: (i) authorization for the Executive Director to withdraw the Trust Property entitlement applications;
(ii) authorization for the Executive Director to put the entire Trust Property on the market with an option to subtract three acres if a deal is reached with Burbank for an Adjacent Property replacement terminal; and (iii) adoption of the attached Resolution No. 462, a Resolution of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Commission Memorializing Commitments to the City of Burbank Regarding the Burbank Bob Hope Airport.
In a rare move, Burbank’s City Council on Saturday called a special session on Sunday evening to discuss the actions taken by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority regarding the Commission’s meeting scheduled for Monday that will basically terminate the negotiations for the Lockheed Plant B-6 known as the ‘opportunity’ site and put it on the open market.
Sunday night’s meeting was broadcast and streamed live. Mayor David Gordon started by reading a statement calling the airports decision both inflammatory and controversial.
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Five minutes of public comment brought many speakers. Most complained that the issues of the airport in the past has not been as publicized as many had wished.
A unanimous vote was taken to reject the letter sent to the Council as well as a request to Burbank’s commissioners to report the actions of the Sunday Council meeting and to request that the Commission postpone their vote at the Monday meeting. Burbank will only have two of their three commissioners (Bill Wiggins is out of town for a family event) available at the meeting Monday morning.
Council members say that they had thought that the negotiations on the 58 acre property had been going well and the tone and timing of the letter was a complete, yet calculated surprise.
Friction with the Authority has not been this high in many years. While the cities of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena own the airport, it is the Commission who runs it and each city appoints three commissioners tor represent their interest. While a city can appoint a commissioner, they can not order that person on what to do, but may ask and suggest.
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Presently the Authority acts as a majority (5 to 4) which means that at any time all three Burbank commissioners can be out voted and had in the past decade by many 6 to 3 votes. Burbank is looking as one step to make more important votes a super majority which would take two votes from each city for a major issue to pass.
Without the super majority, the airport could decide to take any action they saw fit including where to put a terminal and even expansion or making the airport international in the future despite Burbank’s objections. While none of these actions has been threatened at this time, the Council is working on putting in these safeguards to protect the citizens of Burbank in the future.
Back in the 1970s, Burbank High School students never thought they would sit alongside Burroughs students during the Burbank-Burroughs Homecoming Game.
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But that’s what happened Friday night. Graduates from both schools attended the Burbank-Burroughs Alumni Association’s pre-game party in the parking lot of the Burbank Unified School District before walking over to Memorial Field to watch the game.
The balmy weather was perfect for those attending the pre-party. Alumni paid $20 and socialized while chowing down on tacos, rice and beans. A student from Burbank High School performed on keyboard while grads took pictures of each other and shared memories about favorite teachers, classes and football games.
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The pre-game party was well attended by not only alums as far back as 1958 but by city and school district officials as well, said alumni association President Joanne Lento Miller, who graduated from Burroughs in 1972.
“We enjoyed music supplied by current BHS student Evan Mehta and a never-ending taco bar as we merged as one community family,” she said. “The energy and excitement continued through the night as we cheered for our favorite team with a bit of friendly rivalry. This is the kind of camaraderie the alumni association was hoping to cultivate!”
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Karen and Chuck Campbell, both Burroughs grads from the Class of 1958, were chatting with former Burbank High School coach Dave Kemp, who is now on the School Board.
“We drive up from from Huntington Beach every year for the game,” Chuck Campbell said.
He taught at Burbank High School for many years, and since 2005 he has been researching and writing books about Southwest history.
Alumni association members helping Miller to organize the event were school district liaison Emilio Urioste, School Board President Roberta Grande Reynolds, Connie Barron Trimble, Kimberley Clark, Gil Tobon and Steven Ferguson and Kathy Lawrence.
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“The alumni pre-party provided a wonderful opportunity to spend time with high school classmates and to connect with new kindred community spirits who all came out to support our Burbank tradition of friendly rivalry,” said Reynolds, who graduated from Burbank High School in 1972. “We were prepared to have fun no matter who won the game.”
Kathleen Gaston Hitt, BHS Class of 1973, attended with her husband, Bill, who graduated from Glendale High School Class of 1966.
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“The years seem to melt away when we see our classmates and old friends we socialized with 40 years ago,” Hitt said. “There was a cozy camaraderie at the dinner, and escalating excitement at the game. To be there made you feel young again.”
The Gaston-Hitt family have several members who graduated from Burbank High — Fred Gaston Jr., 1963; Bob Gaston, 1975; Heather Hitt, 2000; and Jason Hitt, 2005.