Al Manter

Al Manter has lived in just about every corner of the country since his birth in 1940 in Rumford, Maine. Along the way, he enjoyed a great deal of success in baseball and softball.

He played four years of baseball (and on an unbeaten state title basketball team) in high school, at the same time participating in semi-pro ball during the summer with the Eastern Maine League champion Bar Harbor Collegians. After years at Defiance College in Ohio, he hopped a bus to Compton, CA where he played baseball for the Compton Dons, helping them win the 1961 men's amateur state title in 1961. Later that summer, Manter got his first view of the Northwest when the Dons came to Cheney Stadium for the AABC regional tournament.

Manter then played winter and summer league baseball in Hawaii before getting drafted into the U.S. Army in the fall of 1963. He ended up in Anchorage, Alaska, for 18 months, where he played two years for the Ft. Richardson team, winning the Anchorage City-Military batting title with a .420 average. He got out of the service while stationed at Ft. Lewis and, after getting married, he started a 40-year career with the U.S. Postal Service. He plans on retiring at the end of March 2006.

He played with the Cheney Studs and Kinzua for a short time while living in Seattle, and after moving to Lakewood joined Billings Electric in the Southwest League, playing with that team for 10 years until the squad disbanded.

Manter turned to slowpitch softball and subsequently to senior baseball. He is still playing at the age of 64 for the Wizards in Seattle's 48-and-over league, however he won his first championship ring last November as a member of the Seattle Mariners 58-and-over age group baseball champs.