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Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium Event History 1950-1959

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Event Name Event Date Event Year Notes
Boxing: Main Event - Lou Marino vs. Louis Gage September 8 1950 At 8:45pm and Presented by Santa Cruz Sports Club 
Sant Cruz County Fair Amateur Try-Outs September 15 1950 At 2PM
Boxing: Ted Daniels  vs. Louis Gage  September 22  1950 At 8:45pm and Presented by SC Sports Club
Conference of the County Assessors of California and the State Board of Equalization  September 25-27   Opened at 10am 
Masonic Night Gala Celebration; Sponsored by Islam Temple & SC Shrine Club  September 30 1950 300 Islam Shinners from SF including 90 peice  "Million Dollar Band". The Band Played on the courhouse lawn during the afternoon. Evening program included concert by band, drills by uniformed patrols and 3 SF vaudeville acts. Dancig from 9:30pm to 12am
Knights of Phythias Grand Initiation  October 7 1950 Had 500 plus attendees
30th Annual Convention of the California -Nevada District, Kiwanis International  October 8 - 10 1950 10/8: Convention Memorial Services; 10/9: "Feature Night" pm; 10/10: Governor's Ball
Boxing - Two Main Events: Bob King vs Fuzzy Fresket and Leroy Casey Vs Kildo Martinez October 13 1950 8:30pm; 9 bouts; presented by Santa Cruz Sport Club; 850+ attendance; K.O. victory for Fuzzy at 1:14 in 1st round
CA League of City Employees Convention Installation Banquet & Halloween Costume Ball   October 14 1950  
Central Coast Counties Association of Fire Deparments Quarterly Meeting  October  18  1950 Parking lot blocked off for demonstrations of high velocity water streams
Santa Cruz 181 Birthday Fiesta Children's Talent Show, King and Queen Coronation  October 20  1950  8:15pm; 50 cents adults/25 cents children; Followed next day by "Fiesta parade" starting @ 7pm @ Civic
Giuseppe Di Stefano Opera Tenor Concert  October 26 1950 Civic Music Association Series first concert; Vladimir Brenner on piano
Boxing - Main Event featuring Bob King vs Fuzzy Fresket October 27 1950 10 bouts scheduled
16th Annual Northern California Badminton Tournament  October 28-29 1950 230 singles and doubles matches; 107 players; 30 cents admission
Halloween Parade, free movie cartoons for youngsters, free dance for teenagers  October 31 1950 7pm parade; 9:30pm movies and candy; 9:30pm-12:30am dance
Wrestlig November 1  1950 300 attended
Wrestling  November 8 1950  
Boxing: Fuzzy Fresket vs Fred Milton November 10 1950 8 bouts
Santa Cruz Art Exhibition  November 12-26 1950 Includes 11/15/50 potluck dinner
Basketball: Sportsman's Shop Cagers vs. Santa Cruz High Cardinals  November 30 1950 Exhibition game and 200 people were in attendance
Basketball: Harris Togs vs Forest Pool December 5 1950 City Leauge
Basketball: Holy Cross High School Panthers vs. Half Moon Bay December 6 1950 7:30pm lightweight; 8:30pm varsity
Civic Drama Festival Play: "Harvey" December 7 1950 Presented by SC Lions Club; off Broadway; first of three plays for festival season; 8:15pm; $2.40 GA/$1.20 students
Basketball: Hotel Cagers vs. Sportsman's Shop  December 8 1950 City Leauge
Odd Fellows Lodge Meeting December 9 1950 103 initiated into Lodge; 1200 members attended
Naval Reserve Boxing Show  December 11 1950 Was a free event and near capacity crowd
Basketball: Leibbrants vs Harris Togs December 12 1950 City Leauge
Basketball: Holy Cross High School Panthers vs. Montezuma Prep  December 13 1950  
Basketball: Lions vs. Sportsmen; Hotel vs. Loyd's Tires December 14 1950 City League; Top Sportsmen Forward Mal Macaulay missed game due to poison oak!
Boxing: Junior Chamber of Commerce Underprivlieged Children Benefit Fights  December 15 1950 "Disappointing crowd of 500 fans"
Piano Concert: Jakob Gimpel  December 16 1950 Civic Music Association Series for December
Basketball: Forest Pool s Leibrandts  December 19 1950 City Leauge
City Employee Holiday Potluck December 20 1950 7pm; Music, entertainment, and Santa Claus
Basketball: Hotelmen vs. Soquel-Capitola Lions; Sportsmen vs/ Loyds's Tires December 21 1950 City League; Hotelmen win 56-54 due to buzzer beater 30-foot shot by Jack Alzina; Sportsmen stall to win 41-39
10th Annual Community Christmas Sing Party  December 23 1950 8pm; Sponsored by Santa Cruz 20-30 Club
Basketball: Leibbrants vs. Sportsman Shop December 26 1950 City Leauge 
Basketball: Holy Cross High School Varsity Panthers vs. Alumni December 27 1950 8:45pm; 7:30pm preliminary game: Holy Cross Lightweights vs. Santa Cruz High Alumni
Basketball: Santa Cruz Hotel vs. Forest Pool December 28 1950 9pm; City League; preliminary game: Leibbrants vs. Lloyd's Tires
Boxing: Pan American Boxing Trials December 29 1950 Started at 8:30pm
Beaker's New Years Eve Dance December 31 1950  
Basketball: Fibber McGee and Molly vs. Y.M.I. Cagers January 3 1951 AAU (Amateur) Basketball; $1.50 tickets; Fibber McGee and Molly were "Radio Stars"; City League preliminary game: Lions vs. Colonial Inn
City Basketball Leauge January 4 1951  
Basketball: Santa Cruz High Cardinals vs Willow Glen High  January 5 1951  
Basketball: Fibber McGee and Moll Vs. Y.M.I Cagers  January  1951  
Basketball: Santa Cruz High vs San Jose Tech and Forest Pool vs Sportsman Shop January 9 1951 High School games in afternoon; City League games in evening
Basketball: Holy Cross Panthers vs Boulder Creek January 10 1951  
Boxing : Don Conrad vs Johnny Heard in the Main Event January 12 1951 8:30pm; 8 bouts; 682 fans attended; Heard won in four rounds
Gregor Piatigorsky, Cellist Concert January 13 1951 8:15pm; Civic Music Association Series; 1200 patrons; Ralph Berkowitz on piano; Piatigorsky played on a Montagnana, made in 1739
Lecture: Father "The Glacier Priest" Bernard R. Hubbard "Alaska and the Red Menace" January 17 1951 8pm; sponsored by The Holy Cross Boosters Club; 1300+ in attendance; played movies from
Basketball: Santa Cruz Hotel vs. Leibbrant's January 18 1951 City League first half finale; 7:30pm / 9pm games; Hotel lost 42-45, but still won first half title
Basketball: Holy Cross Panther's vs. San Jose Boys' Club January 19 1951  
Breakers' Dance for Beginners January 20 1951  
Basketball: SC High Cardinals vs. Lincoln High; Sportsman's Shop vs. Lions January 23 1951 3:30pm first game start; no admission charge; 7:30pm City League
Basketball: Holy Cross Panthers vs. Carmel Padres January 24 1951 8:45pm/7:30pm games; Holy Cross won both games
Basketball: Leibbrants vs. Harris Togs; Forest Pool vs. Colonial Inn January 25 1951 7:30pm start; City League
Basketball: SC High Cardinals vs. Monterey Toreadors January 26 1951 Toreadors win 25-24 in overtime
Basketball: Oakland Blue 'N' Gold vs. Denver Chevrolet January 27 1951 9pm/8pm/7pm games; National Industrial League; $1.50 reserved / $1 GA/75 cents students; 800 in attendance; Denver won 52-50
Tennis: Bobby Riggs Professional Tennis Troupe January 29 1951 8pm; $1.80 gallery/Balcony $2.40/$3.60 floor; Gussie Moran among participants; 700 in attendance
Basketball: High School afternoon; City League evening January 30 1951 4:30pm/3:30pm High School Games
Basketball: Forest Pool vs. Harris Togs; Leibbrants vs. Colonial Inn February 1 1951 City League; Forest Pool won 45-36; Leibbrants won 58-49
Basketball: Santa Cruz Cardinals vs. Watsonville Wildcats February 2 1951 8:15pm/7:15pm; High School; 1200+ in attendance; Watsonville won varsity 39-31; SC Cardlets won 30-22
Basketball: Sportsmen vs. Lloyd's Tires; Hotel vs. Lions February 6 1951 Holy Cross High School won practice games in afternoon; City League in evening
Basketball: Holy Cross Girls Jamboree February 7 1951 1:30pm; High and Grammar School; Free admission
Basketball: Harris Togs vs. Colonial Inn; Leibbrants vs. Forest Pool February 8 1951 9pm/7:30pm; City League; Togs won 41-35; Leibbrants won 52-45
Boxing: Lou Gage vs. Lavern Lett February 9 1951 8:30pm; 8 bouts; KSCO broadcast the fights starting at 9:30pm; Gage won by second round TKO; 711 in attendance
Basketball: Korean War Fund Benefit - Hartnell College Panthers vs. SC All-Stars February 12 1951 9pm/7:30pm; Second Contest: Fort Ord vs. McCune Citrus of San Jose; KGO Rado Sportscaster Ira Blue made appearance; 50 cents adults/25 cents children; SC Won 71-51; McCune Citrus won 57-51; 204 in attendance; $89.50 profit for benefit
Basketball: Hotel vs. Forest Pool; Leibbrants vs. Lloyd's Tires February 13 1951 City League; Hotel won 46-43; Leibbrants won 95-45
Basketball: March of Dimes Benefit - Chinese Saints vs. Santa Cruz All-Stars February 16 1951 9pm/7:15pm/6:15pm; High School preliminary games: Holy Cross Varsity vs. Santa Cruz Junior Varsity/Holy Cross Lightweights vs. Junipero Serra Monetery frosh team; 75 cents adults/50 cents children;
The Viennese Ballet February 17 1951 8:15pm; Civic Music Association Series; Directed by Grete Wiesenthal
Basketball: Leibbrants vs. Sportsman's Shop; Hotel vs. Colonial Inn February 20 1951 9pm/7:30pm; City League; Hotel won 48-42; Leibbrants won 82-41
Basketball: Forest Pool vs. Lions; Harris Togs vs. Lloyd's Tires February 22 1951 9pm/7:30pm; City League; Forest Pool won 44-41; Harris Togs won 55-37
Boxing: Johnny Herd vs. Jack Cruz February 23 1951 8:30pm; 8 bouts; Herd won in 4 rounds; ~400 attendees
Basketball: Holy Cross Panthers vs. San Luis Obispo Mission High February 24 1951 7:30pm Lightweights start; 8:45pm Varsity start; Holy Cross won Varsity 42-37 & Lightweights 48-22
Basketball: Leibbrants vs. Lions; Hotel vs. Harris Togs February 27 1951 9pm/7:30pm; City League; Leibbrants won 67-45; Hotel won 50-42
Civic Drama Festival Play: "Born Yesterday" March 1 1951 8:15pm; Presented by SC Lions Club; off Broadway; second of three plays for festival season; $2.40 GA/$1.20 students; Nearly 700 attendees
New Friends of Music Quartet March 3 1951 8pm; Fifth in Civic Music Association Series; Replacement group after Chigi Quintet out of Rome could not obtain U.S. visas
Basketball: Sportsman's Shop vs. Forest Pool; Lloyd's Tires vs. Colonial Inn March 5 1951 9pm/7:30pm; City League; Forest Pool wins 52-51; Colonial Inn won 57-40
Basketball: Harris Togs vs. Lions; Colonial Inn vs. Sportsman's March 6 1951 9pm/7:30pm; City League; Lions won 49-36; Sportsman's Shop won 61-58
Wrestling: Billy Hanson & Flash Gordan vs. Vincent Lopez & Mike Sharp March 7 1951 8:30pm; Santa Cruz Sports Club; $1.50 ringside/$1.25 reserved/$1 general/50 cents for students and servicemen; Over 500 attendees, 489 paying customers; Sharp won on second consecutive pin
Basketball: Leibbrants vs. Hotel; Forest Pool vs. Lloyd's Tires March 8 1951 9pm/7:30pm; Final games of 1951 City League regular season second half; Leibbrants won 65-60 to claim league second half championship; Forest Pool won 63-51; near capacity crowd in attendance
Basketball: Iowa Ghosts vs. SC All-Stars; Sportman's Shop vs. Watsonville Granite Pavers March 12 1951 9pm/7:30pm; Ghosts won 52-42; Granite won 64-53; 450 attendees
Basketball: Leibbrants vs. Hotel; Lions vs. Sportsman Shop March 13 1951 9pm/7:30pm; City League playoff/exhibition games; Hotel won 63-60; Sportsman's Shop won 54-37; "nearly packed house"
Wrestling: Harry "The Mighty Atom" Monti vs. Jerry "The Tiny Terror" Marnes Marh 14 1951 8:30pm; Marnes won with two falls; Billy Swaggert & Mike Sharp beat Pete Peterson & Bobby Bruns in the opening bout with two falls; 700 attendees
Basketball: Leibbrants vs. Hotel; Forest Pool vs. Watsonville 20-30 Club March 15 1951 9pm/7:30pm; City League playoff/exhibition games; Leibbrants won 65-37 to tie the series 1-1; Forest Pool won 51-48; Almost sold out crowd
Basketball: City Employees vs. City Teachers; SC 20-30 Club vs. Watsonville 20-30 Club March 16 1951 8:30pm/7pm; Final game is a Donkey Cage Game (all players riding specially trained burros!); Hi Tow Tong (SC High Honor Society) Benefit to build a pool at SC High; Included three youth boxing exhibitions between basketball games; Teachers won 14-10; Watsonville won 42-30; 1200 attendees
Wrestling: Vincent Lopez & Warren Bockwinkle vs. Pete Peterson & Pat McGill March 20 1951 8:30pm; Larry Moquin vs. Pat McGill in opener; Peterson & McGill won; McGill also won opener
Theta Rho State Convention March 22-23 1951 Tenth annual session; 1100 Delegates from 47 CA Clubs; 10am registration; 2pm/7:30pm Thursday; 9:30am/8pm Friday
Christian Science Lecture March 25 1951 3pm; Free to the public; Claire Rauthe, C.S., of London, England
Basketball: Monterey Frost Roofers vs. Soledad Merchants; SC Hotel vs. Salinas Del Conte Sports Shop March 26 1951 9pm/7:30pm; City League Champions Tournament; 35 cents; Monterey won 60-41; Hotel won 39-33; ~450 attendees
Wrestling: "Hard Boiled" Haggerty & Warren Bockwinkle vs. Pete Peterson & Bobby Bruns March 27 1951 8:30pm; Ray Vilmer vs. "Flash" Gordon in opener; Main Event tied 1-1 falls; Vilmer won opener; ~450 attendees
Order of the Eastern Star, Idlewild chapter, 75th anniversary Ceremony Dress Rehearsal March 28 1951 At 8pm
Basketball: SC Hotel vs. Monterey Frost Roofers; Soledad Merchants vs. Salinas Del Conte Sports Shop March 29 1951 9pm/7:30pm; City League Champions Tournament; Monterey won 48-45; Soledad won 54-37; ~500 attendees
Order of the Eastern Star, Idlewild chapter, 75th anniversary Ceremony March 30 1951 8pm; 1100 members attended; featured historical pageant and a reception
Wrestling: Mike Sharpe & Ben Sharpe vs. Leo Nomellini & "Flash" Gordon April 3 1951 8:30pm; Vincent Lopez vs. Juan Humberto in opener; Sharpes win; Humberto won; ~600 attendees
Boxing: Cisco Andrade vs Ray Perea; Vince Hogan vs. William Powell April 6 1951 8:30:00 PM; 8 bouts; Andrade won by TKO in third round; Powell won by decision; 650 attendees
Wrestling: Mike & Ben Sharpe vs. Pete Peterson & Pat McGill April 10 1951 Ray Vilmer vs. Juan Humberto in opener; Sharpes won; Vilmer won; 650 attendees
Office of Price Stabilization Price Conference April 11 1951 10am-12pm; For businesses and the general public on new government pricing regulations for certain goods; Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce; 300 attendees
Wrestling: Pat McGill & Larry Moquin vs. "Hardboiled" Haggerty & Jack "Cobra" Kennedy April 17 1951 8:30pm; Vincent Lopez vs. Chico Gracia in opener; Hardboiled & Cobra won; Lopez won; ~400 attendees
Marion Bell Opera Soprano Concert April 24 1951 8:15pm; Civic Music Association closing concert; accompanied by Richard Hughes on piano
Boxing: Northen California State Championship Trials April 25 1951 8:30pm; 9 bouts; 1000 attendees
Third Annual Amateur Talent Show Sponsored by SC Optimist Club Dress Rehearsal April 26 1951  
Third Annual Amateur Talent Show Sponsored by SC Optimist Club April 27 1951 8pm; Open to anyone under 21 years old; electric "applause meter" used to determine victors donated for the evening by KSCO radio station; $1.50 Reserved/$1 General/ 50 c Students; thirty amateur acts performed; 600 attendees, 400 paid, show broke even
Wrestling: Mike & Ben Sharpe vs. Pete Peterson & Larry Moquin May 4 1951 8:30pm; Jack Kennedy vs. Warren Bockwinkle in opener; Sharpes won; Opener a draw; nearly 500 attendees
Odd Fellows & Rebekah Assembly Convention May 7-11 1951 8pm Monday 5/7 Goodfellowship Night & Dancing; Tuesday 5/8 Reception & Dancing; Wednesday 5/9 Rebekah installation and initiation; Thursday 5/10 Leilani Theta Rho initiation Friday 5/11 Joint state officer installation at 7pm, grand march, and grand ball at 9:30pm featuring Lorin Cox's Orchestra; More than 2500 members attended
Horace Heidt Youth Opportunity Show May 12 1951 Benefit for 20-30 Club; two and one-half hour variety and talent show; $3/$2.40/$1.80; 20 acts; 2156 attendees
Santa Cruz County Law Enforcement Auxiliaries Joint Meeting May 17 1951 8pm; Self defense tactic program; Judo demonstration by Paul Tara; Address by County Civil Defense Director Admiral Harry J Hansen; ~175 attendees
Boxing: Al Tafoya vs. Harry Ayala May 18 1951 8:30pm; 9 bouts; Tafoya won by TKO in third round; 400 attendees
Civic Drama Festival Play: "I Like It Here" May 24 1951 8:15pm; Presented by SC Lions Club; off Broadway; first of three plays for festival season; $2.40 GA/60c special students
County Elementary Chorus May 27 1951 10:30am; broadcast on KSCO; free admission; 250 students from 11 schools
Boxing: Jack Scheberies vs. Lucius Tate June 1 1951 8:45pm; Scheberies won; 500 attendees
Breakers' "Graduation Theme" Dance June 2 1951 8pm; free admission
Miss California Pageant June 9 1951 7:30pm doors; 8:30pm start; 2.5 hours; $1.00; 17 contestants; 2000 attendees
Boxing: Al Tafoya vs. Al Hull June 15 1951  
Santa Cruz High School Graduation Juine 16 1951 Started at 8pm with around 260 people
Spike Jones   April 27 1952 Ticket Prices: $1.80-$3.00
Yukon Wildlife Show Film November 2 & 3 1953 Featuring Jim Bond
Sunday on the Range Movie December 12 1953 Free Admission
Queen of Sheba Movie December 12 1953 Free Admission

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