Time running out to see Haskins display at museum


Have you visited the Don Haskins display at the El Paso Museum of History? If not, you’d better do it soon. Museum director Julia H. Bussinger reminds folks that the display will be up until May then become a traveling display in other parts of the country.  I’ve seen it and it’s breathtaking. A large painting of The Bear and the 1966 national championship team covers an entire wall. Another wall has a display of Haskins in his famous Bear pose and a stuffed Bear right behind him. There are other displays, including paraphernalia and, of course, his book, “Haskins: The Bear Facts.”

The exquisite displays were arranged by Victor A. Mireles of Mireles Creative Inc. He gives a lot of credit to UTEP booster Joe Gomez, who donated much of his collection to the museum. Gomez also “rescued” the stuffed bear from storage, had it sewn up, prettied up and got it ready for display.


TRIVIA QUESTION: Can you name four men who have pitched more than 900 games in the Major Leagues? Answer at end.


SPEAKING OF displays, here’ a message from Jay Duncan of El Paso who used to work at Sunland Park Cinemas:  “As you might know, being a film historian, archivist and collector, I am always on the lookout for complete collections or individual vintage movie posters and movie memorabilia from the 1920s through the 1960s of all genres. Naturally, I am not interested in reprint material, but original release only! I will soon be marking my 50th year as a collector.

 “I would very much appreciate your keeping your antennae out on my behalf, should you have, know of or come across items from other collectors. Also, you might have friends or acquaintances who might have such material. Please continue to keep my contact information, and feel free to pass it along to any interested parties.”  I’ve seen some of his collection and it’s awesome. If you can help call him at 532-1348 or email him at jayspixpresents@yahoo.com.


AND HERE’S something else you might be able to help with. Manny Ontiveros, a member of the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame board of directors, writes:

“Your recent trivia question piqued my curiosity about local high school mile runners. Who can forget the great Olympian, Javier Montez? I can't recall how fast he ran the mile but I do recall that my alma mater, Bowie High School, had two really good mile runners in Arturo Martinez in 1965 and Agustin Santini in 1966. I think both ran a 4:20 to 4:25 mile back then, which were considered very good. I'm sure those were lowered considerably.  “Perhaps you'll have some time to research local high school records.”


MONTEZ SET a state record for the mile of 4:25 in 1947.  The state record is now 4.03.27 held by Steve Magness of Klein Oaks High in east Texas. Locally, who can forget the duel between Austin High’s Carlos Guerrero and Juan Olivares of Jefferson High at the regional meet in 1977? Guerrero won the mile with 4:15.9 and Juan Olivares was less than a nose behind at 4:16 flat. Has any local high school runner beaten those times? Alan Culpepper (no relation to UTEP basketball star Randy Culpepper) of Coronado High is perhaps the greatest long distance runner ever to come out of a local high school but he competed mostly in cross country. I can’t find any record of him at a mile.  Complicating matters is that state records are now measured in meters.  If you can help give me a buzz or email me at the addresses below.


ANSWER to trivia question: Hoyt Wilhelm, Lindy McDaniel, Cy Young and Rollie Fingers.



Veteran sports journalist and author Ray Sanchez welcomes suggestions for his column. Contact him at (915) 584-0626, by e-mail at rayf358@yahoo.com or online at www.raysanchezbooks.com