It takes a legend and family of legends to inspire athletics’ glee and a true sense of accomplishment over half a century.
Those thoughts rang true at the Texas Collegiate League Legends and Golf Tournament presented by Synergy Properties Group at the Texas Star complex as Texas Sports and Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame stalwart James Street and family were honored by the Texas Collegiate League and the Haddock Foundation.
After the scramble golf tournament on the par-72, 6,936-yard Texas Star layout, the foursomes and guests adjourned to Texas Star complex for a gala banquet.
But the fun began as Texas Collegiate League officials and Chair Gerald Haddock of Fort Worth lauded the Streets and award winners from the Texas Collegiate League in 2006. Haddock told the audience that 85 different schools were represented in 2006 Texas Collegiate League activity with more than 280 players (including temporary contracts) and 30 Major League Baseball scouts watching with a sellout crowd of 1,185 at the Brookshire’s-McCormick All-Star Game in July at Roger Williams Ballpark in Weatherford.
Texas Collegiate League Player of the Year 2B Aljay Davis (unable to attend because of class commitments) of the Denton Outlaws and Oklahoma was honored as ’06 Player for the Year.
Pitcher Randy Boone of the Coppell Copperheads and Texas was presented with Pitcher of the Year laurels as he paced his squad to the playoffs and has hurled for three consecutive UT NCAA playoff squads.
3B-OF Aaron Luna of the Euless LoneStars and Rice received the Texas Collegiate League Freshman of the Year. He played on an Owls’ team which advanced to the NCAA World Series.
Head coach Derek Matlock, who has guided Denton to back-to-back appearances in the Texas Collegiate League Championship Playoffs and a 2005 league title, also garnered his second Coach of the Year honor in succession and was on hand for the award.
And the Livingston family of McKinney, which has hosted one-three players for all three summers in the Texas Collegiate League, was named Synergy Properties Texas Collegiate League Host Family of the Year for '06.
“I have just been lucky for so many years,” said Texas Collegiate League legend honoree and family patriarch James Street. “We had three great years as a player in football and baseball under (coaches) Darrell Royal and Clif Gustafson. With our sons, we have gotten to follow their athletic careers for 15 years. We also have an older son Ryan, who is an architect in Austin. We’re very proud of all the boys.”
James Street complimented his wife Janie for scoring all the children’s games and for crying tears of happiness at their success.
“She is the glue that holds the whole thing together,” James Street added, “and she always tells me not to talk to her when one of the kids goes into a game.”
Huston Street noted that their father had supported the baseball-playing sons and instilled a positive attitude in their early years.
“Whether we went 0-for-4 or 3-for-4 in youth baseball,” he added, “our dad always asked us if we learned anything. He was very positive and supportive and coached all of us from very young days in football, basketball, baseball, whatever.”
“The best advice he ever gave me was during the 2002 NCAA World Series,” Huston Street added. “He told me to block out the crowd, find a seam in the catcher’s mitt, and focus on that. I was fortunate that we played close games and just went out and did my job.”
Just some of the accomplishments of the legendary Street family include:
James started for 1967-69 teams under Hall of Famer Royal in football at Texas and helped the Longhorns win back-to-back Cotton Bowl Classics in 1969 and ’70 (in ’70 a 21-17 national title win over Notre Dame). He was noted for his ability to run the famed Wishbone offense developed by UT offensive coordinator Emory Bellard and Royal and popularized in the 1960s-1980s in college football. The standout baseball righty also pitched in the NCAA World Series and had a 28-6 career mound mark for Texas.
Huston Street was Most Valuable Player in the 2002 NCAA World Series Most Valuable Player, saved four consecutive games for Coach Augie Garrido and appeared in three consecutive CWS tourneys. The three-time All-America and All-Big 12 Conference selection later copped 2005 American League Rookie of the Year Award with 23 saves to lead all first-year pitchers and a yearling record for the Oakland Athletics. Huston has pitched the A’s into consecutive American League playoffs with 60 saves (37 in ’06 to lead the team again), 139 strikeouts in 149 innings, a 2.48 ERA, 39 walks, and a career 9-5 mark out of the bullpen for the first Street family member to make the majors.
Both Juston and Jordon Street were members of the first Denton Outlaws’ Texas Collegiate League title crew in 2005, and both have been members of 2005 and ’06 Texas Longhorns’ baseball editions. Juston pitched for the ’06 Outlaws in their drive to another divisional crown.
The youngest Street son is freshman infielder Hanson Street of Pepperdine’s NCAA-contending Waves’ baseball crew in 2007. Hanson could not attend because of travel conflicts and is the fifth member, including James, of the family to compete in NCAA Division I baseball.