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Former Stanford football coach John Ralston dies at age 92

Original post made on Sep 16, 2019

John Ralston, the man who led Stanford to back-to-back Rose Bowl victories in 1971-72, died on Saturday in Sunnyvale. He was 92. Stanford reached the Rose Bowl in 1971 for the first time in 19 years.

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 16, 2019 at 9:14 pm

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I hope he has a chance to post here himself but another part of John Ralston's legacy is that he gave former Gunn quarterback Chris Strausser a job at San Jose State and now Chris is an assistant coach with The Colts of the NFL.

I was too young to know about the coach of the Stanford Rosebowl winners, but I did meet Ralston when I was a temporary reporter for the Peninsula Times Tribune in 1984 and he was the coach of the newly formed (and also temporary) Oakland Invaders.

You know who would be a great source on John Ralston? Dave Newhouse of the Oakland Tribune (from Menlo Park) and also the brother of Phyllis Newhouse of the eponymous clothing store; I met Newhouse at her closing party -- he is supposed to come back to lift one at The Old Pro. (which makes me wonder if Bill Campbell knew John Ralston).

At the time of his retirement from San Jose State, Ralston was the only actively working member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

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Posted by Mark Weiss
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on Sep 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm

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I might be the only PAW reader following this story but:
I did hear via text message from two local coaches who have commnents on the role of John Ralston in their careers, and got a lead to talk to one of his former players from Stanford, the father of one of my first two sources.

I'm always intrigued by the connections between things, and randomness, that an algorithym cannot usually predict (for example, speaking of puns, how did Al Gore speak at Coach Bill Campbell's wake?)

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Posted by III
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 19, 2019 at 9:04 am

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Not many can accomplish so much over a lifetime.
Father, Husband, Role Model, Coach, Winner, Athlete,
Recruiter, Top of his chosen career many times, list goes on.
from a "vintage" Cal Bear..... & Paly grad during early 1970s :---)

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