The 1931-33 Ateneo Blue and Whites. The first two title teams were coached by Fr. Matthew Kane S.J. and the last one by Fr. Joseph Geib S.J. Incredibly, all three teams went undefeated! What a streak. In 1934, they lost their first match of that campaign against San Beda that was led by Charlie Borck. We lost to the Red and Whites in the Finals. Fr. Matthew Kane by the way was a former US Marine. Going into the 1931 season, they were without Paddy Padilla who went to UP to take up law. But they knew they still had a plenty good team. The stars were Jesse Suarez, Bing Ouano, Primitivo and Celestino Martinez among others. On the 1933 squad was Jing Roco who would later coach the Blue Eagles to the 1957 & 58 crowns. Jing is the father of actor Bembol and current Ateneo Alumni Association president Monchito Roco.
After winning the 1932 title, there was a torchlight parade to Luneta where the bonfire was held.
This is the line-up of the 1955 Blue Eagles that lost to San Beda in the finals. This was a mix of young players and graduating ones like Ramchand Motoomull and Mario Ballesteros. This was the rookie year of Ed Ocampo (incorrectly identified here as "Ildefonso" when he is "Edgardo") and Jimmy Pestaño. Tito Jimmy is the father of one of my best friends from Ateneo -- Mike -- who helped turn me into a NFL fan. In 1959, Jimmy went to work for Caltex and like all management newbies, they had to work as gas attendants. Former foes from La Salle and San Beda would go to the gas station where he was working and ask him to not only fill up the tank but clean the windshield etc. It was their of getting back at the Ateneo forward. Guess he had the last laugh as he moved up the corporate ladder quicker than others. If you look down further you will find the name of Paquito Diaz. Yes, it's the actor. I am not sure if he played two or three years for the blue and white. Poch Gayoso is the father of former Ateneo players Mike and Jayvee Gayoso. Victor Gaston is the younger brother of Ateneo Blue Eagle legend Chole Gaston and a relative of Fritz Gaston. Chole was a small player but played much bigger than his size. He was a crowd favorite. A year after he finished school, he joined the Philippine Air Force where he was killed during aerial maneuvers. Chole's mother would go to Mass at the old Ateneo campus in Padre Faure everyday in memory of her son.