LONGSHOREMEN UNION
 

JOHN MESSINA, ATTORNEY

 

TACOMA FIREFIGHTERS

 








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Ben Cheney and Cheney Lumber Co. sponsored youth and adult baseball, basketball, football, soccer, bowling and hockey teams in Washington and Oregon. The first Seattle/Tacoma are baseball team was established in 1954 and the Athletic Division of the Cheney Lumber Co. went on to sponsor youth and adult baseball teams through 1984. The Tacoma-Pierce County Baseball-Softball Oldtimers was honored to host the 60th anniversary celebration of the Cheney Studs baseball teams on May 19th, 2013.
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MISSION STATEMENT
TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY BASEBALL-SOFTBALL OLDTIMERS ASSOCIATION

Past Banquet Photos

The Tacoma-Pierce County Baseball-Softball Oldtimers Association was conceived and organized to recognize and honor those participants whose commitment and dedication has resulted in a significant contribution to the history of those sports in the Tacoma-Pierce County community.

The Association shall conduct an annual awards ceremony for the purpose of inducting worthy members into the organization's baseball, fastpitch, and slowpitch "Halls of Fame" and other related categories. In addition, certain special wards created to recognize and appreciate efforts "above and beyond" shall also be presented at the ceremony.

The Association shall establish the necessary criteria to determine nominations for the respective honors, and the Association shall elect inductees from those nominations.

Other goals of the Association shall be to establish a site, or sites, for its Hall of Fame (s) and the displaying of appropriate recognition for all inductees. The Association pledges cooperation with the Shanaman Sports Museum in developing its Hall of Fame plans to be certain of not conflicting with their already-established public displays.

The perpetuation and recognition of the sports of baseball, fastpitch, and slowpitch remain #1 priorities of the Association, and all efforts of the organization shall be directed toward enriching the phrase, "Play Ball"!


ANNUAL OLD-TIMERS BANQUET DATES BACK TO 1937

The first reported Old-Timers Banquet was held on Friday, April 30, 1937 following the season-opening game of Tacoma's entry into the Western International League, a Class B professional association. The Tacoma Tigers were slated to meet the Vancouver Maple Leafs in a 3:30pm game at Athletic Park with the banquet following at the Tacoma hotel.

Mike Fisher, owner of the Tacoma Tigers during the 1904 and 1905 seasons when they won the Pacific Coast League title, was joined by Charles Graham, a catcher for Fisher on the Tacoma club who later became president of the San Francisco Baseball club. Fisher, a noted after-dinner speaker and widely regarded as one of the greatest wits in the baseball world, was slated to be the main speaker.

According to Nelson R. Hong, Sports Editor for The Tacoma News Tribune, was quoted as saying that "every available seat will be filled at the Tacoma Hotel, making the Tacoma old-timers' gathering the biggest of its kind in the Northwest, surpassing the established reunions in Seattle and Portland." He continued on that, "....Tacomans regard it a rare privilege to have Mike Fisher with us after an absence of 32 years during which time he has been heaped with honors."

After a number of years with no Oldtimers Banquet, the TAC revived the banquet in 1957 with veteran players organizing the get together. Leading the effort were front row l. to r.: Dill Howell, George Wise, John Heinrick, and Ocky Haughland. Back row l. to r.: John Kochear, Hugh Fotheringill, and Willard Carpy. Photo courtesy Shanaman Sports Museum collection.








TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY BASEBALL-SOFTBALL OLDTIMERS ASSOCIATION

The Tacoma Pierce-County Baseball-Softball Oldtimers Association is dedicated to recognizing and honoring the many players who have been instrumental in the growth of baseball and softball in this community over the years. Sponsored by the Tacoma Athletic Commission, Columbia Bank, and the Tacoma Rainiers Baseball Club, an annual banquet is held every spring which honors various teams and individuals who have made significant contributions in their sport.

In the past, these get-togethers have been very informal gatherings of fans, pros, amateurs, duffers and all people interested in America's favorite pastime-BASEBALL! One of the first meetings was held in the mid-fifties at the old "Firs" nightclub out on Pacific Avenue. Dill Howell and John Heinrick were the heads of this occasion. Then, in the sixties, with a great assist from the T.A.C., the next banquet was held at the Top of the Ocean Restaurant in Old Town. The get-togethers were held there until it burned down (no fault of the Oldtimers).

The gatherings then moved along with the T.A.C. to the 9th and Commerce location for about ten years. Here, Frank Ruffo, Rudy Tollefson, Harold Smith, Dan Walton and others, joined Heinrick to organize the affair. A lapse of four years followed until a committee again organized a get-together in 1985 at the Poodle Dog Restaurant in Fife.

With a turnout of over 175 in 1990 at the Tacoma Elks Club, the Oldtimers made the move to accomodate more fans by hosting the banquet from 1990-98 at the Puyallup Elks. Since 1999 the banquet has been held at the Tacoma Elks Club in Tacoma and we are pleased to welcome back Columbia Bank as our major sponsor and along with the continued suport of the Tacoma Rainiers Baseball Club, the Oldtimers Association is looking forward to another outstanding banquet in 2003.

In closing, remember....May continuing good health be your lot until the Great Umpire in the Sky dismisses you to the Clubhouse.


VALLEY BASEBALL LEAGUE REUNION AT THE FIRS - June 5, 1953

The valley League was started in the late 1920's by H.E. Anderson who served as league President. Anderson was owner of Washington Hardware, the main outlet in Tacoma-Pierce County at the time for sporting good needs by playes and teams.





Head Table:
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  • Willard Carpy (stand)
Row 1 (Left):
  • Paul "Doc" Wotten
  • Rick Lewis
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  • Barney McFadden
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  • Cy Ball
Row 2 (2nd from Left):
  • Bill Smith
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  • Eddie Carlson
  • Al Bland
  • Bill Moe
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  •   Ward ??
Row 3:
  • Joe Hermsen
  • Tony Banaszak
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  • Walter Webster
  • Fuzzy Elliott
  • Ed Joskies
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  • Curt Tenzler
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  • Bud Bittner
  • Frank Borozovich
Row 4 (Right):
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  • Paul Crossetto
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  • George Wise
  • John Heinrick
  • Lou Grant
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