On this date in Mid-Columbia sports history

On Dec. 24 in ...

* 1999 -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and Columbia-Burbank High School graduate Ray Washburn was selected No. 8 on the Herald's top 100 Mid-Columbia sports stories of the century list. Washburn graduated from Burbank in 1956 and spent his freshman year of college at Whitworth. As a sophomore, he went to Columbia Basin College and helped lead its basketball team to the Northwest Junior College title. But baseball was his ticket, and in the pros, Washburn had a 72-64 career record and pitched in three World Series -- for the Cardinals (1967, 1968) and the Cincinnati Reds (1970).

* 1972 -- In his weekly column, Coaches' Corner, WSU head basketball coach George Raveling observed: "In a recent game between Manhattan College and St. Peters (New Jersey) there were 62 turnovers and 63 personal fouls. Now that's action!"

* 1969 -- The headline read "Bombers Scrap Past Moses Lake" as Richland began a 17-day holiday vacation from the prep basketball wars after rolling up its fifth victory in six games with a 62-54 win over host Moses Lake in the Big Eight Conference opener for both teams. Earl Hall had a game-high 20 points for Richland, Pat Hoke added 10 points and 16 rebounds, and Don Foss drilled in the final five points. However, coach Art Dawald made no bones about his dissatisfaction with the Bombers' overall effort: "We did too much standing out there, and we tried to give the game away."