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The windows were welded shut so the players would roast during practices and games. The coaches, of course, worked for free. Their success filtered down through the high schools in Delaware and encouraged women to continue competing after graduation.
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Women were now commonplace in Delaware sports. First State Sports Hero of the Decade: He was named for Mrs. Cosmically, in the racing sense, Kelso Alsop was co-owner of a party organizing firm known as Secretariat Limited. The magnificent gelding went on to win that most coveted of all racing awards every year from through Before being forced from the track at age nine by a hairline fracture of the right ankle Kelso won at everything from six furlongs to two miles, on grass, in slop six inches thick and often burdened with top weights up to pounds.
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In almost half of his victories - he had 39 in 63 starts - Kelso set or equalled track records. No race horse has ever been better at running long distance than Kelso. At distances greater than a mile and a half he was probably the greatest race horse who ever lived. No horse ever beat him at two miles; he won the Jockey Club Gold Cup a that distance an unthinkable five straight times.
Nearing eight, in his last big race at the International, Kelso romped home in 2: He raced at Delaware Park only once, as an eight-year old in the Diamond Handicap. He had his own mail box for fan letters and received the social calls of respectful grooms and jockeys. In retirement Kelso was lovingly cared for and ridden regularly on fox hunts by Mrs. The old champion died in at the age of 26, one week after a rare public appearance at Belmont Park to lead the field onto the track for the 65th running of the Gold Cup, his former private showcase.
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Hanford retired in and became a steward at Delaware Park where his daughter was a trainer. Billings arrived from Edenton High School in North Carolina where he put together 77 wins and three ties in 95 games.
Turn the calendar forward to Bill Billings was still dodging his first defeat at Middletown. The unbeaten streak stretched through 53 games, although one game, a thrashing of Smyrna, was disputed over an ineligible player.
It was the longest such streak in Delaware history, the longest in America at the time. Only four of the games were decided by less than a touchdown. The average margin of victory was more than five touchdowns. Inwith the streak at 44 games, Middletown tackled powerful Salesianum, previous holder of the record for consecutive wins with The team from Wilmington outweighed the Cavaliers by 30 pounds a man and observers who knew about these things favored the Sallies by three touchdowns.
Seating capacity at Middletown Stadium was 3,; police estimated the crowd at 8, The Cavaliers scored a late fourth quarter touchdown to whip Salesianum They were still streaking. Middletown continued to try to upgrade its Diamond State Conference schedule by lining up larger schools.
In proud Newark, themselves on a game run under Bob Hoffman, ended the Middletown streak. In the Cavaliers, then under Coach Billings, reached the finals of the first Delaware state football tournament, losing a close battle with big school Wilmington.
A typical Hassall tennis match in the s would be punctuated by a flying racket or pierced by a self-chastising scream. Fans never knew what to expect from the flamboyant Hassall. But one thing could always be counted on - Terry Hassall would leave the court a winner.
For the better part of a decade the P. An attacking serve-and-volleyer, he traveled the pro circuit a few times, playing the European tour, before settling in Pennsylvania as a teaching pro at the prestigious Merion Cricket Club in Philadelphia. The Teachers Each grew up and starred in sports elsewhere but found in Delaware an ideal petri dish for their young athletes.
One took local boys and girls and drilled and trained them into Olympians; the other attracted future Olympians from across the land. Between them they have brought as much international attention to the state as any transplant since E. At North Carolina State University he had been a four-time All-American swimmer, one-time holder of American and world records in both the breaststroke and individual medley. With the Olympics on the horizon he delayed his plunge into the everyday work world but failed in his quest.
Had he had the training facilities he would one day give Delawareans Mattson may have been an Olympian himself.
In his spare time away from Bancroft, Mattson started a swim team.
Soon his young charges numbered and Mattson found himself spending as much time seeking out water for his burgeoning army as he did teaching. By he had reached a decision point in his life - maintain a comfortable life as a chemist or make swimming a full-time vocation.
In Delaware it has always been easier to earn a living as a chemist than as a swimming coach but Mattson set out to build his own swimming facility. In track, as a junior, Huey set a state half-mile record of 2: In baseball, Huey played center field and hit with power. After graduating from Delaware inhe enlisted in the U. He also did well on the ground, averaging almost five yards per carry while playing for the Pensacola football team.
Huey served two-and-a-half combat tours in Vietnam, flying combat missions. He retired from the Marine Corps in reaching the rank of Brigadier General. Dario Mas Dario Mas, a native of Cuba and a Delaware resident sincewas a dominant racquetball player and advocate for the growth of the sport. Mas won 17 consecutive Delaware state singles titles and was part of six state doubles championship teams.
From toMas won more than tournaments across the United States, winning 85 percent of the tournaments that he entered. Mas was ranked among the top ten players in his age bracket in the U. He continues to be active in organizing tournaments in Delaware.
Derrick May Derrick May was a three-sport star at Newark High School who parlayed his hitting skills into an year professional baseball career that included 10 seasons in the major leagues. A first team All-State offensive end, May helped Newark win consecutive state football championships in and Derrick accepted a scholarship to play football and baseball at Virginia Tech before the Chicago Cubs made him a first-round draft selection - ninth overall - in May was an all-star in both the Carolina League and Southern League and reached the major leagues in September He became a regular outfielder for the Cubs in He also played significant time for both the Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros in He played for the Phillies inthe Montreal Expos inand the Orioles in Inhe hit.
Over his major league career, May played in games, with a. He is currently the hitting coordinator for the St.
She coached two varsity sports at the University of Delaware and excelled in a third. She helped develop the Dyna-Tots Program for preschool children and has conducted self-defense programs for women.
She produced and starred in a weekly cable television show, American Karate, which aired locally for 10 years.
At the University of Delaware, she scored four goals in a field hockey game to set a record that lasted 37 years. Frank Shea Frank Shea officiated football, basketball and softball in Delaware for more than a half-century. It was the late s and Shea, a teenager, began officiating basketball games at the YMCA near his birthplace, Blackstone, Massachusetts.
He received the award for his five decades of service to the Northern Delaware Football Officials Association. Shea refereed basketball in Delaware for 25 years, but football is where Shea made his mark.
In at age 72 Shea worked briefly as referee in the Blue-Gold All-Star football game, the 12th time that he had worked the classic. The next summer at the National Football Officials Association banquet, Shea was honored as the National Distinguished Official of the Year — the first Delaware official to receive the award. Shea was a charter member of the organizing committee when the Delaware high school football tournament began in and served on the committee for 36 years. Frank was on the field as an official in some of the early years of the state tournament.
Ben Sirman Ben Sirman was an all-state athlete, champion coach and long-time sports administrator at three high schools in Sussex County.
At Laurel, he earned 10 varsity letters. At Swarthmore College, Sirman was a standout in football, basketball, and baseball. He returned to Sussex County in At Bridgeville, he coached two unbeaten football teams during a game winning streak from to From tohe was athletic director at Seaford. During that time Seaford teams won 52 conference or division titles and nine state championships.