Bud Thomsen

From 1945-47 Bud caught for the Hudson AC baseball team that competed in the City League. Named in honor of high school teammate Wes Hudson, who was killed while serving in the military, George Pease rounded up high school classmates to play on the team and convinced local 6th Avenue merchants to sponsor the boys.

Thomsen continued his fastpitch softball career playing for Wood Realty from 1947-50, the Young Men's Business Club (YMBC) from 1950-52 with pitcher Tom Cross and infielder Russ Soper, and finally with Ben’s Truck Parts during the 1953-54 seasons. 

 

In 1954, Ben's Truck Parts became the first Metro Tacoma championship team to compete in the Pacific Northwest regional fastpitch tournament. Held Labor Day weekend and sponsored by the Tacoma Athletic Commission, the tournament matched eight teams from Washington, Oregon and Idaho competing at Peck Field for a berth in the national tournament in Minneapolis.

 

Ben's was represented by manager Stan Stowe, Mack McAllister, Duane Siehl, Bob Zurfluh, Al Herzog, Howard Hanson, Jack Fabulich, Gordy Bendick, Tom Zurfluh, Dean Seabeck, Phil Yant, Vern Morris, Don Messo, Don Maitland and Thomsen. 

Thomsen recalled, "I was pretty talkative as a catcher and Tom Zurfluh tossed a no-hitter in the first game against Rubenstein's (Eugene, OR).  Lorne Merkle was behind the plate and I remember telling him, "c'mon Lorne, you gotta give him that inside pitch! We won, 1-0, but eventually lost in the finals, to the Renton Cowboys, 2-0, behind the 18 strikeouts by Bob Fesler. Of course I still don't understand what all the hoopla was about Tom tossing that no-no. Heck, I called the game. They should have been congratulating me!"