2004 Hall of Fame Inductees BASEBALL
Bruce Nichols

Bruce Nichols enjoyed a seven-year career in professional baseball with three different organizations, then used what he learned during a successful coaching career at Rogers High School. Nichols was born in August of 1944 at Ft. Lewis, and he graduated from Mt. Tahoma High School in 1962. Though he made his name in baseball, he was perhaps better known for his all-city and all-league exploits as Mt. Tahoma’s most valuable basketball player. As a baseball catcher, he helped lead Wilson High to the league title in 1961 before transferring to Mt. Tahoma. He was signed by the Detroit Tigers in 1963 and was drafted to the Kansas City Athletics’ major league roster in 1964. He moved again in 1966, this time to the San Francisco Giants. His career ended at Phoenix of the Pacific Coast League in 1969. Nichols graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1969 and became a high school chemistry teacher. He coached baseball at Rogers High from 1971-87 and again from 1995-99 before retiring. Among the most influential people during his youth and playing days he lists Don Danielson, Joe Stortini and Marv Scott.