A memorable gift for a friend
B.G. Gould is the quintessential sports junkie and statistician.
For more than three decades the man known simply as Beeg has roamed the Rogue Valley attending sporting events and interacting with athletes, coaches, referees, cheerleaders, broadcasters, fans and anyone else connected with sports.
He is perhaps best known for keeping statistics — for 13 years and more than 1,000 games he was the official scorer for the Southern Oregon Timberjacks — but that has been only a part of his signature. From greeting opposing teams as their bus rolls into town to giving scoops to local sports writers, Gould has done a little bit of everything in his 30-plus years in Medford.
Gould, 48, has been an employee of the Medford School District for the past few years, serving as the right-hand man to district athletic director Bruce Howell. But the district, and the community, will never repay him for all of his volunteer work.
For a week, however, the North Medford High coaches are doing their best to turn the tables. With a little help from the Black Tornado football players,. they're painting Gould's house in east Medford.
Gould has lived alone since his parents passed away in 1998.
It's our way of showing Beeg a little appreciation for all that he's done, said North Medford athletic director Mike Kay, who was busy prepping Gould's house for painting on Tuesday. He's done so much for so many and never expected anything in return.
This is the least we can do.
North Medford soccer coach Rich Garcia, who works the graveyard shift at a local mill, was cleaning Gould's gutters at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Tornado defensive coordinator John Beck, offensive coordinator Brent Barry and basketball coach Gene Quilhaugh were taping windows.
Barry's first memory of Gould came when he was a seventh-grader at McLoughlin Middle School in 1982. Gould, a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys, walked up to Barry after a football practice and handed him a T-shirt that was that big enough to fit a Cowboys lineman.
But that was Beeg, Barry said. He knew who I was and he wanted to give me something. I wore that shirt for several years.
Larry Binney, who stepped down as North Medford's softball coach last spring, coordinated a brush-clearing blitz in Gould's backyard.
I think Jimmy Hoffa's buried in here somewhere, Binney quipped as he cleared out thickets of blackberries.
Gould was supposed to be in California this week watching minor league baseball games and visiting friends, but he returned unexpectedly Sunday evening.
We told him to get lost for a couple days, Binney said.
The coaches thought about painting Gould's house red with black trim — North Medford's colors — — but decided to stick with white.
The coaches plan to complete a project each summer to show their gratitude to the community.
We're always asking for donations so we can take our kids to a camp or a big tournament or whatever, Kay said. We decided it would be nice to give a little something back.
Kay looked around at the numerous volunteers and said, I just hope someone in this group knows how to run a paint gun.