Jim Talbott*

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Jim Talbott was a three-sport star at Napa High School, excelling in football, basketball and baseball, after an impressive record as a 9th and 10th grader in those three sports in addition to track. At Napa College and Chico State University, Talbott added golf to his list of athletic achievements by competing successfully on both school’s golf teams. In football, Talbott was a running back and defensive back who was named the “Best Back” on the 1955 team but a knee injury sidelined him in his senior year. As an Indian basketball player, Talbott led Napa in scoring in 1955-56 and again in 1956-57. He won the Ray Constantini Best Free Throw trophy by hitting on 86% of his attempts. Talbott was a two-year baseball star, who played first base and hit with power. He was co-captain and leading batter on the 1957 North Bay League championship team. Talbott continued his basketball career at Napa College and Chico State University. He was also a member of a very strong Napa College golf team and continued to be a golf competitor at Chico State University. Talbott has made a successful career in the insurance business in Northern Nevada, where he has continued to be active in golf and in coaching youth football, basketball and baseball teams.