1972 McKNIGHT'S FOODS WOMEN'S SLOWPITCH TEAM

Front row l. to r.: Jeff Turnley (bat boy), Walt Timberman (scorer), and Lorie Timberman (bat girl).

Middle row l. to r.: Cheryl Nichols, Patty Knight, Darlene Cartwright, Sandy Turnley, Debbie McPherson, and Marg Creech.
Back row l. to r.: Jan Chase (manager) Babe Timberman, Donna Hannity, Silvanna Walker, Chris Johnson, Kathy Hemion, Becca Pritchard, and Nancy Craig.

Missing: Pat Bortner, Myrna Clevenger, and Jackie Murray.

 

1973 McKNIGHT'S FOODS WOMEN'S SLOWPITCH TEAM

Front row l. to r.: Juddy Gray, __________, and ___________.

Middle row l. to r.: Sally Granquist, Becca Pritchard, Rosemary Johnson, and Tammy Skubina.
Back row l. to r.: Nancy Craig, __________, Kathy Hemion, Nancy Jerkovich, Evelyn Goldberg, Peg Loverin, Sandi Klein??, and Coach John Bickford.

1974 McKNIGHT'S FOODS WOMEN'S SLOWPITCH TEAM

Front row l. to r.: Sue Creever, Denise Hoober, Rosemary Johnson, Pam McMains, Judy Gray, and Tammy Skubini.

Back row l. to r.: John Bickford, Peg Zanders, Maggie Dusenbury, Kathy Hemion (dog unknown), Peg Loverin, Sandy Bickford, Evalyn Goldberg, and Nancy Craig.

Photo courtesy of Evalyn Goldberg.

McKNIGHT'S FOODS WOMEN'S SLOWPITCH - YEAR TBD

Kneeling: Cherry Goudeau

Front row l. to r.: Jan Chase, _____________, Denise Hoober, ___________, Sandy Turnley, Judy Gray, and Nancy Craig.
Back row l. to r.: Kathy Hemion, Nancy Jerkovich, Darlene Cartwright, Silvanna Walker, Peg Loverin, Sally Grandquist, and Sandy Bickford.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McKnight's Foods Slowpitch Team´┐Ż1972-1974

By Joyce Wolf, Oldtimers Committee Correspondent

 

Following the 1971 slowpitch season, players from the championships Pizza Pete team parted ways and ended up creating two new teams McKnight's Foods and the B & E Tavern. Coached by Jan Chase and Nancy Craig, McKnight's Food's began play in 1972 with three other former teammates Kathy Hemion, Dar Cartwright, and Sam Turnley. An effective recruiter, Jan then added Babe Timberman, Cheryl Nichols, Patty Knight, Debby McPherson, Nancy Jerkovich, Marge Creech, Donna Hannity, Silvanna Walker, Chris Johnson, Becky Pritchard, Pat Bortner, Myrna Clevenger, Jackie Murray, and Jane Jobe to the roster. 

 

McKnight's Foods  had a productive first season, qualifying for the 1972 Northwest Regional Tournament as District runner-up to their nemesis B&E, coached by Joyce Wolf, and the remaining players from the Pizza Pete breakup.  McKnight's placed fifth, losing out to eventual tournament champion Hamilton's Towing from Bellingham, as well as New Frontier Lanes of Tacoma in an exciting  1-0 game, pitched by Carol Strong. 

 

In 1973, McKnights bolstered their roster with several players from the New Frontier team, picking up Sandy Bickford, Denise Hoober, Peg Loverin, Judy Gray, and Sally Grandquist. 

 

McKnights again qualified for the Women's Regional 31 tournament held in Everett and again finished fifth.  Highlighting the tournament was Kathy Hemion's selection as the tournament's Most Valuable Player where she finished with an .875 batting average (14-16 hits), seven home runs and 18 RBI's.   

 

In 1974, Jan Chase accepted a position with Women's International Bowling Congress and moved to Milwaukee, leaving the coaching job to Nancy Craig and John Bickford.  They added Peg Zander, Evalyn Goldberg, Rose Johnson, Pam McMains, Maggi Dusenbury, Peggy Boyle, Kathy Spadoni,  Sue Creaver, and Tammy Skubinna to the fold.  McKnights had a great year as they won the Pierce County Pre-season Tournament and placed in several top tournaments including the Portland Invitational. Once again they qualified for regionals which were played at Sprinker Recreation Center but the team faltered early and finished with a 47- 17 season record.

 

At the end of the 1974 season,  Ockie McKnight decided to pull his sponsorship.  But as luck would have it, Ron Irwin of B&I Sports was looking for a women's team to sponsor.  Ron knew McKnights had lost their sponsor so a meeting was arranged at B&I Sports which resulted in the B&I taking over the team sponsorship.   The B&I supplied the team with all new equipment, uniforms, and paid for all tournament expenses, and the team played for several seasons as the B&I before disbanding. 

 

Like the Schooner Pub, Tony's Wahzoos, Creekwater Dispensary, New Frontier Lanes and others, the McKnight's Foods women's slowpitch team was one of the pioneers, bringing to this area savvy slowpitch softball-skilled players full of energy and ready to have some fun. McKnight's Foods  had many memorable games and teammates and their unique personalities and hard play left an indelible imprint on slowpitch in the community. They are very deserving of this honor.