Hesperia resident Ron Lindsey has enjoyed and long and exciting career in sports.
Lindsey was born in Minnesota and later relocated to Texas and finally, numerous cities in Southern California.
“I was drafted in the Army in 1966 and was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia," Lindsey said, "where I was on the post’s basketball and track teams during 1967-68.”
After being honorably discharged from the Army in May 1968, he returned to Maywood, where he decided to take advantage of the G.I. Bill by enrolling at East Los Angeles College. Lindsey also began working part-time to supplement his income for the City of Maywood’s Parks & Recreation department.
“I began taking English and journalism classes at East Los Angeles College in 1969, and also played on the basketball team during the 1969-70 season, earning a letter,” Lindsey said.
In 1971, Ron participated on the East Los Angeles College track and field team where he also lettered as a high jumper, long jumper, and occasionally ran a leg on the 440 sprint relay team.
After graduating with an Associate Degree, Lindsey transferred to Cal State Los Angeles to pursue a degree in English with a minor in Administration.
“I continued to work for the city, attended college and began a lifelong passion for the Los Angeles Kings professional hockey team,” Lindsey explains.
In 1974, Lindsay approached Cliff Gewecks, then the sports editor at the Huntington Park-based Daily Signal, to cover the Kings for the paper.
“I was hired and eventually covered the home games for the Signal and later, covered the Kings as a stringer for the Associated Press,” he said.
During his tenure covering the Kings, Lindsey had the privilege to watch and write about such great Kings players as Wayne Gretzky, Luc Robitaille, Marcel Dionne and Rogie Vachon.
“It was fun covering the Kings and occasionally, I also worked the Los Angeles Dodgers and Anaheim Angels home games during the 1980s.”
In 1978, Ron became active in men’s slow pitch softball with the Newhall Sox and later, with the Charlie Brown’s All-Stars team for most of the 1980s.
“I played with Wayne Nordhagen (a major league baseball player) during his off-season on the Newhall team and later, on the Charlie Brown team, which was classified as 'B' leve," he said. "We won numerous tournaments in California and Nevada.”
The Newhall Sox were managed by Chuck Milliar, whose son Kevin went on to play in the major leagues, going on to become part of the Boston Red Sox team that won the World Series in 2003.
Always holding a avid interest in horse racing, in 1982 Ron became the co-owner of a standardbred harness pacing horse named Rouxdon.
“I enjoyed racing and owned a horse through 1995,” Lindsey said. “I owned a percentage of standardbred and later, thoroughbred horses that raced at such tracks as Santa Anita, Del Mar and Hollywood Park.”
Lindsey continued to work his regular job for the City of Maywood when pro wrestling came to town in 1986.
“I began doing play-by-play for the AIWA Wrestling promotion in 1990, where we worked in numerous cities in Southern California,” he said with a laugh. He also announced pro boxing matches in Maywood as well.
In 1992, Lindsey began co-hosting a sports cable television show alongside Ed Ahrens that was based out of Downey.
“For three years, we did live weekly shows, interviewing many personalities — from wrestlers and boxers to horse racing jockeys and trainers,” Lindsey said. “We received a lot of positive feedback as tapes of the shows were seen by people all over the United States.
“I had a lot of fun with my many hobbies, but my real job was working for the City of Maywood for 28 years, when I retired as City Administrator in the late ‘90s.”