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Re(1): Question for Iparaldekoa

Posted on March 7, 2007 at 04:16:32 PM by Iparaldekoa

Who I am is not really important at all and not part of this forum. To my knowledge there are only 2 other writers that know who I am and I would like to keep it that way.

I was fortunate to have played for many years, during the golden years and with some of the best players ever. There are so many to mention.

I am old enough to have seen Frias, Chucho Larranaga, Alex, Roque, Echave etc....

I have played in the same performances (in Europe) with Churruca, Chimela, Ondarres, Egurbide, Guisasola, Elejabbarieta, Bengoa, etc....

One small anecdote about some of them.For many years during my youth, the partido that was a must see in the Basque Country was Egurbide-Churruca against Ondarres-Chimela. The frontons were packed to the rafters when they played in any frontons. Among all the partidos I saw, the one I will never forget took place in St Jean de Luz and I don't remember the exact year but it was in the early 70s. I had played in the opening partido and the stars were playing after we were done. In St Jean de Luz the locker room is right under the stands. I could hear the crowd getting louder and louder. I was getting treatment for a nasty fall I had taken during my partido and was thinking there was not need to hurry to watch because the crowd in the summer is mostly made up of tourists so we thought they were getting just excited because Chimela jumped a couple times or Egurbide threw one of his nasty cortada or something like that. I came out of the locker room and saw the score of 25-25. Went to sit by my father who at that point told me they were playing unbelievably. When he said that I knew that it had to be pretty good as he was a man of few words and difficult to impress. Well chalkies, the partido ended 35-34 and those few points I saw were, are and probably will be the most amazing collection of points I have ever witnessed. After each point, there was a standing ovation. At the end of the partido the audience did not want to leave and was asking for more and were chanting for an 'encore'. I went to the locker room and I can assure you that those four could not play another point. They had given their all. Remember at that time in France, wagering was not allowed. The audience came for the show and the players gave them one.

Boy I have been rambling.

I have played with and against some of the best of my era and not in any particular order: Joey, Irigo, Rufino, Asis, Bolivar, Alberdi, Enrique, Salazar, Javier, Aramayo, Gorrono, Arra, Michelena, Mendi, Gerny, Pablo, Durango, Acin, Uriarte, Echeva and so many more....

All the trophies have come and gone.
All the fame has come and gone.
All the fantastic memories have come and are with me to stay until one day I fall asleep and never wake up.

I have been giving hints (perhaps too many) thru some of my postings but will not just use this forum to say who I am.

At one time or another, I have had more fame and recognition to last me a lifetime and I am not seeking more.

My only reason to write on this site is to correct or elaborate some of the things that are written.

I can only hope that I am informative in my messages and that the chalkies enjoy reading them.

Sorry if it is long but I thought I had to share.


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