Bob Young

With ten national Senior Softball titles to his credit, Bob Young was inducted into the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame in 2008. Young became the first senior softball player from Pierce County to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and only the second individual in the State of Washington.

Born on October 17, 1939, Young graduated from Lincoln High School in 1957 and later earned his degree in business from the University of Puget Sound in 1976.

Young started his slow-pitch career in 1964 with the Pine Tavern and then with the Players Tavern in 1965-66. He was a mainstay on the powerful Heidelberg slow-pitch team from 1967-1975 and developed a reputation as one of the state's top pitchers.

Heidelberg won seven Northwest Regional Championships and competed in seven consecutive national tournaments. In 1968, Bob earned All-American honors at the 1968 national tournament in Jones Beach, N.Y., after Heidelberg finished in fifth place, losing their final two games by a total of three runs.

Young renewed his enthusiasm for slow-pitch in 1996 when he first participated in a Pierce County Parks Department 55+ slow-pitch league.  That led to his joining the Ruth Realty 55+ team which won the ISA National Championship in Salem that same year.

In 1999 Bob moved into the 60+ division and his Sea-Tac Giants finished third at the ISA Nationals with Bob hitting .836 to lead his team.  During the next four years in the same division Young racked up two more national titles, the last in Phoenix where he hit .810 and was an All-Tournament selection.

Bob Young was inducted into the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame in 2008.

L. to R.: Jacob Dusek (grandson), Sharon Dusek (daughter), Senior Softball representative Terry Hennessy, Bob Young, Patti Young (wife), and John Dusek (son-in-law).

 

Playing under the banner of First American Title in the 65+ AAA category, the team won the Western National Champions and USA Nationals in 2005 where Bob hit .822 and then the club proceed to win the Winter Worlds title in Las Vegas that same year. In 2006 the club again won the Winter Worlds crown where Bob made the All-Tournament team and batted .909 by going 20 or 22 with 19 straight hits. He hit for the cycle and drove in eight runs in the team's semifinal loss.

In addition to pitching, Young also played outfield and all of the infield positions durin his slowpitch career. Over the years Young played basketball and "A" classification handball, and he also served as a high school and college basketball (1965-81) and football (1966-76) official.

 

1966 PLAYERS TAVERN SLOWPITCH TEAM

Front row l. to r.: Gordy Pfeifer, Bob Young, Denny Larsen, Terry Martind, and Jim Lane.

Back row l. to r.: Dave Bishop, Bill Royne, Dick Dahlstrom, Dick Zierman, Bob Hause, Terry Trowbridge, and Ken Schulz.

   
 

1968 HEIDELBERG SLOWPITCH TEAM

Olympia Invitational tournament runnerups

Front row l. to r.: Gordy Pfeifer, Jerry Thacker, Bob Young, Jim Lane, Al Reil, and Mike Zenk.

Back row l. to r.: Dick Samlaska, Marco Malich, Dave Bishop, Ron Moseson, Don Leaf, Ken Schulz, and Terry Trowbridge.