Francisco Churruca

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Francisco Maria Churruca Iriondo Azpiazu Alcorta (born c. 1936), also known as Patxi, is a Basque former jai alai player. A native of Mutriku, Spain,[1] he is regarded as the game's greatest player[2] and has been called "the Babe Ruth of jai alai."[3] He retired in 1983, saying "I knew it was time to quit when my eyes were quicker than my legs."[2]


  1. ^ Olsen, Jack (March 29, 1965). "Jai Alai: Fury At The Fronton". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Tierney, John (16 March 1993). "OUR TOWNS; A Fast-Paced Sport's Fast-Paced Demise". The New York Times. p. 1. 
  3. ^ Calabria, Pat (April 17, 1992). "Larger Than Life : The World Hasn't Forgotten Babe Ruth. If Anything, the Fascination With the Bambino Has Increased". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 25, 2011.