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It's been 38 years since Medford has hosted

The last time Medford hosted an American Legion regional baseball tournament, Richard Nixon was president, Three Dog Night topped the music charts and Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali had just waged the first of three epic fights.

Yes, it was that long ago.

In late August 1971, the Medford Mustangs welcomed visitors from seven states for what was then the Western Regional Tournament. It included two states, Hawaii and Nevada, that have since been supplanted by Montana and Wyoming.

And, man, did fans come out in support at Miles Field, which was located just up Highway 99 from the site of this year's Northwest Regional, Harry & David Field.

When Medford played Lewiston, Idaho, on opening night, the crowd numbered 2,583, the largest to witness American Legion baseball in Medford.

To the dismay of many in the stands, Lewiston got the better of the hosts, 6-3.

Medford then defeated Anchorage, Alaska, 9-0 on Day 2. Mike Jones pitched a two-hitter, striking out five and walking three, and Dave Horn and Rick Smith each had three hits, with Smith driving in two runs.

The following night, the Mustangs' hopes in the double-elimination tourney ended in a 6-3 loss to Honolulu, Hawaii. Hawaii scored three runs in the seventh and two in the eighth inning.

Horn and Duncan Rutter each had three of Medford's nine hits.

West Covina, Calif., eventually won the title, 13-0 over Lewiston.

Other teams in the field were Roseburg, Las Vegas and Selah, Wash.

Two Mustangs, Smith and Rutter, made the tournament all-star team.