Ed McCrea*

Ed McCrea*

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Ed McCrea never weighed over 145 pounds during his high school career, yet he was a track man, a baseball player, a football player and one of the best basketball players to wear Napa colors during the first 50 years of the school’s existence. At the time of his graduation, McCrea held the school’s Class B 440-yard track record and was a member of the record-setting relay team. He played two years as an outfielder on the baseball team. McCrea was a reserve back on the 1943 co-champion football team and when Coach Hal Buffa installed the first T formation system at Napa High in 1944, McCrea was his starting quarterback. He threw three touchdown passes before injuries sidelined him for several games. In the 1942-43 B basketball season, McCrea led a 20-0 fourth quarter rally against Vallejo to bring Napa a 37-34 victory. On the 1943-44 B basketball team, McCrea was the leading scorer on the NBL championship team that went 16-1 for the season, and outscored opponents 481-264. He was Captain and leading scorer of the 1944-45 varsity team. In spite of a 20-3 record and a 35-16 drubbing of league champion Santa Rosa on the loser’s court, Napa failed to win the championship. In McCrea’s last two years at Napa, he was the star of two teams that won 36 and lost only four games, and outscored opponents 1,274-723. He was named best All-Around Athlete in Napa High in 1944-45. He later starred on the Napa Junior College basketball team.