SD Hippies beat Oakland Police for BBall Title

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 Whitney Parker Ellsworth,  Bill Ellsworth, Ray Rapp, Peter Langmaid, Fritz ?, Bob Woodward [pictured left to right:
  Whitney Parker Ellsworth,
  Bill Ellsworth,
  Ray Rapp,
  Peter Langmaid,
  Fritz ?,
  Bob Woodward.]

In the winter of '74, Sierra Designs put together a basketball team that played in the Oakland City League. Most of the players had played pickup games around Berkeley the year before. The team had two legit players: Steve Langmaid and Lawrie ( sp?) Leighton. It had length in Frank Gretch and Bob Woodward, feistiness in Ray Rapp and Peter Langmaid, beards and flowing hair all around except for Steve ( the Comptroller) Langmaid.

With the best winning record in one division of the league, Sierra Designs played the other division's winners, The Oakland Police Department, in the overall championship game. It was a brutal contest. Blood flowed. Woodward got floored by a wild haymaker from one of the cops. Rapp took down the guy guarding him with a resounding thud. The refs made the teams take a five minute timeout to cool down. Post cool down, Sierra Designs won by ten and drove home carefully until over the a Berkeley city line.

SD Team (Leighton, John Roller, Woodman, Steve Langmaid, Ray Rapp) and Oakland Police Department team.

[L to r. Leighton, John Roller, Woodman, Steve Langmaid, Ray Rapp ( back to camera)]

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Steve Langmaid (not verified)
As I recall, Woodie was
As I recall, Woodie was affectionately known as "cement legs" due to his jumping ability (or lack therof)
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Steve, I'll make sure he
Steve, I'll make sure he remembers that!
Bruce Johnson (not verified)
Bob, having met you at your
Bob, having met you at your home in Bend, and found you so mild-mannered, this story opened my eyes wide indeed! It's the "other Woody." -- Bruce

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08/22/14