A Tacoma team became the first West Coast nine ever to win a national baseballchampionship when Stanley’s Shoemen captured the 1956 American AmateurBaseball Congress World Series crown in Battle Creek, Michigan. 

The Shoemen completed their season with a record of 50-11 by winning the final 13 games on their schedule, claiming state, regional and national titles in three different states during a 3,688 mile journey. 

Back-to-back victories over the Cheney Studs in Tacoma by scores of 9-4 and 17-3sent the Shoemen to Watertown, South Dakota for the Northwest regionals. Therethey defeated state champions from Iowa (twice), California, and Oregon (twice) to advance to Michigan. 

In Battle Creek, Mike Dillon pitched the Tacomans to a 4-1 win over the host team; Monte Geiger held off the defending national champions from Houston, Texas, 7-6; and Dale Bloom shut out East Chicago, Indiana 10-0 in the championship game. Bloomwas the winning hurler in all three title tussles. 

Shoemen starters were catcher Jack Johnson (MVP of the regionals), first baseman Dick Schlosstein, second baseman Jim Harney, shortstop George Grant and third-baseman Jim Gallwas. In the outfield the “Shoes” featured Bob Maguinez in left, Earl Hyder in center, and Ron Storaasli (state MVP) in right field. 

Grant and Harney were replacement players for infielders Russ Wilkerson and Gordy Hersey who could not go east because of employment obligations. Geiger was an added pitcher allowed under tournament rules. All three were Cheney Stud stars. 

Other Shoemen regulars included pitchers Max Braman, Manly Mitchell and Dick Montgomery, infielder Pat Dillon and outfielders Gordy Grubert and Ray Spalding.The Shoemen were coached by Doug McArthur and sponsored by Stan Naccarato and Morley Brotman

1991 - 35th Reunion

Front row l. to r.: Jim Gallwas, Monte Geiger, Doug McArthur, Jim Harney, and Gordy Hersey.

Back row l. to r.: Jack Johnson, Mike Dillon, Ron Storaasli, Manly Mitchell, Earl Hyder, Max Braman, Pat Dillon, Bob Maguinez, George Grant, and Stan Naccarato.  


In front, batboy Mark Stevens.

Front Row l. to r.: Joe Stortini, Russ Wilkerson, Ron Billings, Bob Maguinez, Dale Platt, Earl Hyder, Ron Seaburg, and Jack Walters.

Back row l. to r.: Sponsor Stan Naccarato, Ron Storaasli, Jack Johnson, Jim Fitzsimmons, Cam Haslam, Duane Lowell, Dick Montgomery, Larry Campbell, and Manager Doug.



Front Row l. to r.: Pat Dillon, Max Braman, Ray Spaulding, Stan Naccarato, Doug McArthur, Earl Hyder, and Manly Mitchell.

Back row l. to r.: Dick Montgomery, Mike Dillon, Jim Gallwas, Ron Storaasli, Dale Bloom, Gordy Hersey, Gordy Grubert, Bob Maguinez, and Dick Schlosstein.

Missing player: Russ Wilkerson.

50-11 record for the entire season. Sea-Tac League Champions, State, Regional and National Champions. (won 13 in a row in tournament after losing opener of state 3-1 to Cheney Studs.


In Front l. to r.: Coach Doug McArthur and Sponsor Stan Naccarato.

Front Row l. to r.: Host Batboy, Tom Montgomery, Dale Bloom, Monte Geiger, Dick Schlosstein, and Jim Harney.

Middle row l. to r.: Dick Montgomery, Manly Mitchell, Max Braman, Earl Hyder, George Grant, Pat Dillon, and Jim Gallwas.

Back Row l. to r.: Gordy Gruber, Ron Storaasli, Ray Spalding, Bob Maguinez, John Johnson, and Mike Dillon.

Shoemen get Award--Arlene gets roses on teams return from Battle Creek