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Jim Turner


Inducted February 11, 1988

Oakland native Jim Turner was an All-American in football who played six collegiate seasons, because of liberalized eligibility regulations during World War II. But it is for his long coaching career at Bakersfield College that he is being recognized tonight as a Kern County athletic huminary. Although he is now retired as a full-time faculty member at Bakersfield College, Turner is in his 35th year as that school's swimming coach. He also was an assistant football coach for the Renegades for eight seasons after coming to BC in 1953. Turner played tackle for two of the most renowned names in the ranks of college football coaches, Amos Alonzo Stagg at College of the Pacific and Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf at California. He played with Cal in the 1949 and 50 Rose Bowl games. He is member of Cal's all-time team and was a team co-captain.