Arley Kangas

A three-sport star at Sta­dium High School, Arley Kangas was a base­ball standout for Coach Marv Scott and became one of Washington State University’s finest catchers.

Arley, born in 1938 in Tacoma, played football, bas­ketball and baseball at Stadium High, but he excelled in baseball and won all-state recognition. Arley also was a member of the Post #138 team that won the 1956 American Legion state championship.

At Washington State, Arley earned All-Northern Division first team honors from 1958-60, and twice he received All-Pacific 8 recognition. In 1959 he led Northern Division of the Pac 8 in batting average and runs batted in, and that same year was member of the United States team that placed third at the Pan-American Games. Arley served as captain of coach Bobo Brayton’s 1960 WSU baseball team.

During the summer months, Arley kept busy on the baseball diamond as a catcher for several of the region’s top amateur baseball clubs. He was behind the plate for Tacoma’s Woodworth Contractors when they finished second at the American Amateur Baseball Congress championships in 1958, and he starred for two seasons in the Tacoma City League.

Arley signed a professional baseball contract and played in the San Francisco minor league system with the Fresno Giants and Eugene Emeralds in 1961 and 1962, respectively.

Arley turned to coaching following his two-year professional career, and his Tigard (Ore.) High School teams were successful. The 1964 squad took third place in the Oregon State baseball playoffs.

Now a real estate broker in Beaverton, Ore., Arley is re­membered well by those who played with him and against him in the mid-50s in Tacoma. Tacoma may not have produced a better catcher pound-for-pound than Arley Kangas.