sophomore guard weighing 240 pounds. He was born in Italy and found his
dad, "Papa Gino," prompting him to start baking exquisite bread when he
was 9 years old.
Even as a sophomore, Boero was solid as a rock and rivals were often
stressed out trying to move him off the forward wall.
Despite his age, he often looked like a starter for the USC Trojans.
One former teammate said, "I used to laugh with delight when Gino
would catch a halfback from the other team. He'd pick him up off the
ground with a bear hug, stopping all forward motion, but the
ball-carriers often kept peddling their feet while a foot off the
He aded, "Then they'd try ramming their fullback at Gino up the middle
and bog down on the line of scrimmage."
Boero served on three Tar teams in 1949, '50 and '51. The '49 team
scored 323 points for one season and chalked up a superb record of 8-1.
The '50 team won six and lost three, while the '51 outfit won two and
Boero said, "What spirit we had on that '49 team. I loved it."
One of the most emotional moments for him came through the middle of
the '49 season when senior guard John Kingston ran on the field and
hugged him. Kingston had suddenly learned that Boero had just earned
enough playing time (quarters) to win a varsity letter.
During Harbor High's first 25 years of football, Boero and "Big Al"
Muniz (250 pounds) in 1948 were the two biggest linemen who had ever
taken the field for the Sailors.
With the passing of years, Boero would be the first to note that big
size is not so uncommon among the preps any more. But in his days and
time, he was a stalwart in Harbor's line and has enjoyed an ever-growing
Always a jovial one with a positive outlook, Boero said, "We still had
great spirit in '51 with the likes of Rex Bell, Rolly Pulaski, Jim Pascoe
and others. I enjoyed all the great guys I played with in those three
memorable years. And Al Irwin was a tremendous coach."
Boero was also a tremendous boxer all through high school and often
shocked many of the senior mates who would drop by his basement in Corona
del Mar for a few tough rounds.
Gino Boero, one of kind in the Long Gray Line at Harbor, and a true
champion among the Daily Pilot's Sports Hall of Fame, celebrating the