John Stockton was inducted into the West Coast Conference’s Hall of Honor, March 4, 2017 in Las Vegas. But this story is about John Stockton the family man and friend.
A collection of encounters and memories from the gathering of ZagNation in Las Vegas for the 2016 West Coast Conference Championship
Donn Thompson played on the 1947 baseball team that was Gonzaga’s first in 15 years, due largely to the Depression and World War II. The field was makeshift and a shower absent for this group of players. The 2015 Zags invited Donn back to Patterson Baseball Complex, and even more amazing to Thompson than this fabulous baseball stadium, dugout and clubhouse was the class and positive approach to life that these young men brought to the cause. “It was better than Christmas,” Donn said as he and wife Dude walked off the field. Read Donn’s reflections on yesteryear, and his impressions of baseball today, and learn the lessons Coach Mark Machtolf and his players took away from the visit.
GU’s Pete Tormey talks about his court-side experiences at NCAA tournaments over 16 years. Remember when Los Angeles Times columnist Chris Erskine wrote – “What’s a Gonzaga?” One pundit posited Gonzaga was a monster, like Godzilla, perhaps?