by Mike Magers
Born in Ft. Griffin, Texas, Bazz Owen Smaulding was raised in Albuquerque and attended Albuquerque High School. He was an outstanding athlete in high school, once scoring seven touchdowns in a single game against Santa Fe High School. He also excelled at every sport that he tried, including basketball, baseball and track. He was not particularly big, carrying 170 lbs. on his 5’11” frame.