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  Rainier Beach Athletic Club Ramblers (1947-49)

Seattle Ramblers (1950-64)

 

Years of Operation: 1947 - 1964

 

Overall Record:  108-46-3

 

First Game: 1948 Sand Point Naval Air Station

 

First Win: 1948 Sand Point Naval Station

 

Final Game: 1964 @ Portland Thunderbirds

 

League Affiliation:  

175lb Northwest League (1948-1949)

Independent (1950-1953-1962)

North Pacific Football League (1963-64)

 

Team Headquarters: Queen Anne Hill

Owner: Ted Gatz (1947) Don Sprinkle (1948-1963); Seattle Junior Chamber of Commerce (1964)

 

General Manager: Larry Christian (1948-54); Pat Lui (1952-56)

 

Coaches: Ed Lynch (HC 1947); Don Sprinkle (1948-62); JB Parker (OL 1948-53); Jim Foster (OL 1952-58); Lowell Wardien (RB 1953-57); Ken Roskie (DC 1957-63); Norland King (OL 1958); Dick Sharp (Line 1959-63); Bill Castrow (HC 1963; Line 1960-62); Arnie Weinmeister (Line 1962); John Whitney (Back 1963); Sam Buckley (DL 1963-64); Nat Davis (OL 1964); Bob Hughes (DB 1964); Marshall Dallas (HC 1964)

 

Home Field(s): Howe Field (Queen Anne Hill); Catholic Memorial Stadium; West Seattle Stadium

Titles Won

1948 Northwest League (175lb) Champions

1949 Northwest League (175lb) Champions

 

 

1948 Schedule/Results (9-0-1):

 

Honors

Lloyd McBride, 1948 Ramblers Inspirational Award

Lloyd McBride, 1949 Ramblers Inspirational Award

Lowell Wardien, 1950 Inspirational Award

Dale Lamb, 1951 Inspirational Award

Don Sprinkle, 1952 Charles E. Sullivan Award

Herb Johnson, 1952 Inspirational Award

Tom Gibbons, 1953 Inspirational Award

Dick Sharp, 1954 Inspirational Award

Jim Brinson, 1955 Sportsmanship Award

Jim Harris, 1955 Inspirational Award

George Foster, 1956 Inspirational Award

Don Ridge, 1956 Sportsmanship Award

Phil Sprang, 1957 Inspirational Award

George Argelan, 1957 Sportsmanship Award

Nat Davis, 1958 Best Offensive Lineman Award

Len Randall, 1958 Best Defensive Player Award

Royal Dotson, 1958 Best Offensive Back Award

Don Larking, 1958 Best Offensive Back Award

Don Larking 1958, Inspirational Award

Bill Castrow 1959, Best Offensive Lineman Award

Gene Pedersen 1959, Best Offensive Lineman Award

Ron Thoresom, 1959 Best Defensive Lineman Award

Kent Chisman, 1959 Best Defensive Lineman Award

Al Ferguson, 1959 Best Offensive Back Award

Dick Rew, 1959 Sportsmanship Award

Bill Castrow, 1959 Inspirational Award

Sam Buckley, 1960 Defensive Lineman Award

John Whitney, 1960 Ramblers MVP

Joe Kominski, 1960 Sportsmanship Award

Gene Pedersen, 1960 Inspirational Award

Kent Chisman, 1961 Best Defensive Lineman Award

Duane Carver, 1961 Best Offensive Lineman Award

Paul Mitchell, 1961 Best Defensive Back Award

Tony Softli, 1961 Sportsmanship Award

Len Randall, 1961 Inspirational Award

Ray Jackson, 1962 Best Offensive Player Award

Sam Buckley, 1962 Best Defensive Player Award

John Whitney, 1962 Team Man Award

Tony Softli, 1963 Inspirational Award

 

 

Don Sprinkle (1940)

The first record of the "Seattle Ramblers" was a notice in the West Seattle Herald announcing tryouts in the fall of 1946.

LeRoy "Lee" Gamble was a champion QB with Queen Anne (1947), at Centralia College, and again with the Seattle Ramblers. 

Don Sprinkle became the 3rd recipient of the Charles E. Sullivan award for outstanding contributions to sports in the Seattle area in March, 1952.  The Ramblers victory over Everett JC was the Trojans only loss of the season. 

Ken Spooner's blocked punt was the difference in the Dec, 7, 1952 game with the College All-Stars.

A unique twist to the 1953 matchup with the Vancouver Cubs involved playing Canadian rules in the first half and US rules in the second half.  Frank Mataya scored Seattle's lone TD and the conversion pass failed halting the Ramblers win streak at 13.

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Women Helping a Football Team With Tackling Practice

1954:  Tackling practice definitely picked up in enjoyment when three local show girls paid a visit to a drill session of the Seattle Ramblers grid club. The girls, Vickie, Marvan and Zabuda (left to right), drew an enthusiastic response from the tacklers, who wanted to keep up the practice all day.

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During the 1959 game with Humboldt State, a TD and extra point were scored after the final gun due to a penalty.  Seattle lost 14-13.

 

In 1963 Marty Wyatt, Joe Jones, Jerry Cail and Ray Jackson carried most of the offensive load, especially in a 19-14 win over Portland.

 

1966 - Jim Morgan

Sand Point Naval Air Station

48-0 

Kent Athletic Club

28-0

White Center Athletic Club

18-0

Issaquah Athletic Club

14-0

Port Angeles Commandos

33-0

Enumclaw Silver Barons

20-0

Kent Athletic Club

20-0

Oct 31 - White Center Athletic Club

28-0

Enumclaw Silver Barons*

W FFT

Issaquah Athletic Club#

0-0

Valley Veterans (Raspberry Bowl)

27-0

   

*Enumclaw won 13-6 but forfeited for playing illegal and over the weight limit players.

#175lb Northwest League Championship

 
   

1949 Schedule/Results (9-0-1)

 

White Center Athletic Club

20-6

Port Angeles Commandos

12-0

Seattle Associated Boys' Club

32-0

Enumclaw Silver Barons

0-0

Oct 23 - Issaquah Alpines

51-0

White Center Athletic Club

28-0

Seattle Associated Boys' Club

24-6

Enumclaw Silver Barons

36-0

Issaquah Alpines*

W FFT

Port Angeles Commandos

91-0

Jan 2, 1950 Hawaii Alohas**

33-0

   
*Issaquah used illegal players  
**Queen City Bowl  
   
1950 Schedule/Results (4-4-0)  
@ Bremerton Navy Yard Yellowjackets 12-13
Fort Lewis Rockets 12-29
@ Butte Buzzies 0-6
Nisie Vets 19-0
@ Washington State Penn Steelers 19-7
Bremerton Navy Yard Yellowjackets 19-6
Dec 3 - Butte Buzzies* 7-0
Dec 16 @ San Jose Packers** 0-20
   
*Queen City Bowl  
**Salvation Army Charity Bowl Game  
   
1951 Schedule/Results (7-2-0)  
@ Washington State Penn Steelers 66-0
@ Fort Lewis Rockets 27-7
@ University of Washington JV 7-12
Nov 3 - Bremerton Navy Yellowjackets 39-6
Nov 10 @ Gray's Harbor Junior College 32-2
Nov 17 @ Bremerton Navy Yellowjackets 44-7
Nov 24 @ Olympic Junior College 28-14
Dec 2 - San Jose Wieland Brewers* 14-7
@ College All-Stars of Washington** 0-25
   
*Queen City Bowl  
**March of Dimes Benefit Game  
   
1952 Schedule/Results (10-0-0)  
@ Olympic Junior College* 28-8
Bremerton Navy Yard Yellowjackets 39-0
@ Everett Junior College 35-19
@ West Seattle All-Stars** 56-13
Bremerton Navy Yard Yellowjackets 60-6
Nov 8 @ College of Puget Sound 19-0
@ Oak Harbor 20-6
Fort Lewis Rockets 38-0
Dec 7 - Northwest College All-Stars# 2-0
Dec 14 @ Bellingham College All-Stars ## 41-7
   
*Shrine Football Classic  
**Renton Hospital Guild Charity Game  
# Queen City Bowl  
## March of Dimes Benefit Game  
   
1953 Schedule/Results (3-4-1)  
Oregon Tech Owls 21-19
Oct 11 - Professional Wrestlers* (Lincoln) (Watch News Clip) 20-6
Oct 25 - Fort Lewis 4x4s 15-14
Oct 31 @ Whitworth College 13-14
@ Lewis & Clark College 0-19
Nov 22 @ Vancouver (CAN) Cubs 6-7
Nov 26 @ Fort Lewis 4x4s 6-6
Dec 6 - Fort Ord Warriors** 0-28
   
*Muscle Bowl Benefit Game  
**Queen City Bowl  
   
1954 Schedule/Results (6-4-0)  
Sep 25 @ University of British Columbia 20-0
@ Oregon College of Education (Western) 20-0
Fort Lewis 4x4s 7-26
@ Washington State Penn Steelers 41-0
Professional Wrestlers* 39-13
@ College of Idaho 13-35
Nov 14 - Camp Hanford Atomeers 32-6
Nov 21 @ Camp Hanford Atomeers 37-0
Nov 26 @ Fort Lewis 4x4s 6-39
Dec 12 Fort Lewis 4x4s** 0-13
   
* Muscle Bowl Benefit Game  
** Queen City Bowl  
   
1955 Schedule/Results (5-1-0)  
@ Oregon Tech 34-7
Camp Hanford Atomeers Cancel
Vancouver (CAN) Cubs* 11-5
@ Linfield College 14-13
Fort Ord Warriors 13-59
@ Southern Oregon College 31-13
Nov 12 @ Portland State University 27-12
   
*Queen City Bowl (Canadian Rules)  
   
1956 Schedule/Results (5-4-0)  
@ Hamilton Air Force Base Defenders* 20-39
@ Oregon College of Education (Western) 26-25
@ Linfield College 7-13
@ Pacific University 7-27
@ Western Washington College JV** 45-7
@ Washington State Penn Steelers 68-12
@ Washington State Reformatory 31-7
@ University of British Columbia 19-0
@ Humboldt State 13-21
   
*Oyster Bowl  
**Edmonds Lions Club Benefit Game  
   
1957 Schedule/Results (9-1-0)  
@ Surrey Rams* 47-0
@ Humboldt State 12-0
@ Oregon College of Education (Western) 35-0
@ Pacific University 26-7
@ Whitman College 12-6
@ Washington State Penn Steelers 40-0
Surrey Rams** 52-1
@ Malmstrom Air Force Warriors 88-0
@ Southern Oregon College 21-25
@ Eastern Oregon College 52-0
   
*Kinsman Center Benefit Game  
**International Footprint Benefit Game (Canadian Rules)
   
1958 Schedule/Results (8-2-0)  
@ Oak Bay Drakes 27-10
@ Hamilton Air Force Defenders* 13-16
Sept 27 @ College of Puget Sound 27-7
Oct 4 @ University of British Columbia 27-25
Oct 11 @ Oak Bay Drakes** 41-0
Oct 18 @ Pacific Lutheran College 27-0
Nov 1 - Washington State Reformatory 46-6
@ Southern Oregon College*** 16-12
Fort Lewis 47th Infantry Panthers^ 19-13
Nov 30 - Northwest College All-Stars^^ 14-19
   
*Oyster Bowl  
**Edmonds Lions Benefit Game  
***Myrtle Bowl  
^Fraternal Order of Eagles Benefit Game  
^^Shrine Charity Game  
   
1959 Schedule/Results (7-2-0)  
@ Hamilton Air Force Defenders* 0-13
@ Humboldt State 13-14
@ Fort Lewis Trains** 21-0
Oct 17 @ Victoria Drakes 33-7
Central Washington College 26-0
Oct 31 @ Lewis & Clark College 13-7
@ Linfield College 14-7
@ Fort Lewis All-Stars 27-0
@ Olympic Junior College 51-0
   
*Oyster Bowl  
**Aberdeen Pioneer Park Benefit Game  
   
1960 Schedule/Results (9-0-0)  
Oct 17 @ Victoria Drakes 47-6
Sep 25 @ Hamilton Air Force Defenders* 21-0
@ McClellan Air Force Jets 22-21
Oct 9 @ Spokane Valley Olympics 41-6
@ Pacific University 28-13
@ University of British Columbia 19-7
@ Washington State Penn Steelers 63-6
Nov 13 - Spokane Valley Olympics 7-0
@ Canadian Semipro All-Stars 21-6
   
*Kiddie Bowl  
   
1961 Schedule/Results (10-2-0)  
@ Victoria Drakes 27-0
@ Fort Lewis Rangers 29-14
Portland Pioneers 28-0
Spokane Rams 44-0
@ Hamilton Air Force Defenders 6-13
@ McClelland Air Force Jets* 46-14
Oct 8 - New Westminster Royals 28-6
University of British Columbia 23-13
@ Portland Pioneers 13-7
Nov 5 @ Spokane Rams 40-6
@ University of Santa Clara 28-29
Fort Lewis Rangers 23-21
   
*Kiddie Bowl  
   
1962 Schedule/Results (2-5-0)  
@ Oregon Tech 30-6
@ Portland Thunderbirds 27-20
@ College of Idaho 6-14
Tacoma Tyee* 13-20
@ Washington State Penn Steelers 6-31
Portland Thunderbirds 6-13
@ Tacoma Tyee 7-27
   
*Kiddie Bowl  
   
1963 Schedule/Results (4-6-0)  
@ Portland Thunderbirds 0-23
@ Edmonds Warriors 0-19
@ Oregon Tech 14-12
@ Tacoma Tyee* 12-34
@ Edmonds Warriors** 7-20
Oct 13 - Portland Thunderbirds 19-14
Oct 20 - Tacoma Tyees 6-10
@ Bellingham Bell-Jets 19-12
@ Edmonds Warriors 10-7
Nov 16 @ Portland State University 13-31
   
*Longview Football Festival  
**Kiddie Bowl  
   
1964 Schedule/Results (2-9-0)  
Spokane Volunteers 14-0
Sept 19 @ Shoreline Community College 0-30
Sept 20 Bellingham Bell-Jets

14-7

Sept 27 @ Fort Lewis Rangers 0-39
Oct 3 - Portland Thunderbirds 6-19
Oct 10 @ Tacoma Tyee 0-40
Oct 17 @ Edmonds Warriors 6-20
Fort Lewis Rangers 0-25
Nov 8 @ Spokane Volunteers 7-13
Tacoma Tyee L
@ Portland Thunderbirds* 13-26
   
*JFK Memorial Library Benefit Game  
   

Sources:

"Take a Lap" - Author Don Ridge

West Seattle Herald Newspaper (1946 - 1964)

1958 - Jim Harris (OG)

 

News Releases

Herb Johnson signed with the 1953 Saskatchewen Roughriders as an offensive and defensive back.  He led the Western Conference with 72 punt returns for 634 yards and led with 25 kickoff returns.  He also set a Western Conference record punt return of 109 yards for a touchdown.  In 1954 he signed with the New York Giants

Dick Hard signed with the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals of the National Football League.

Jerry Person signed with the BC Lions in 1956 as a guard.

 
 
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