Dave Wilsie

Was born in 1947 in Tacoma and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1965, where he lettered in basketball and baseball. This Lincoln High grad became one of Tacoma-Pierce County’s best athletes and much of that success went hand-in-hand with his career as a Tacoma firefighter. In 1965 he played Connie Mack baseball and his Early Construction team lost in the regional finals to the team which won the national championship. He played slow pitch with Dean’s Tavern in 1972-74, Lucky Lager in 1975, Heidelberg’s powerhouse team in 1976 and the Tacoma Firefighters from 1977 to 1986. The Tacoma Police found out about his football talents and borrowed him for the first Bacon Bowl football game against Seattle. All he did was earn Most Valuable Player honors while leading the Tacomans to a 19-18 victory. In 1988 he joined Bergy’s Tavern in the veteran slow pitch ranks and he turned to senior baseball in 1994. He started with Paradise Travel and went to Florida for the Roy Hobbs World Series, then joined the highly-successful Washington Senators. Among his slow pitch accolades the 1978 Firefighters won the Industrial Regional Tournament. That same year, playing for Foss Tire, his team took 5th place out of 49 teams in the MDA tournament and in 1979 he helped win the first of three district/regional championships and competed in the national championships at Portsmouth, VA. Title trips followed to St. Louis, MO and Salt Lake City. Wilsie was a standout performer on all those teams and their success was no accident. He was one of the leading hitters on every team he played. He starred in Tacoma’s successful efforts to stage the Fireball Classic, a meeting between Seattle and Tacoma Fire Departments in the Tacoma Dome. The 1986 event, third of the series, drew 5,617 spectators— largest crowd ever to watch a slow pitch game in the state of Washington. Dave was a key proponent in the creation of the Tacoma Firefighters team, and in 2001 he was voted into the Tacoma-Pierce County Old Timers Baseball/Softball Hall of Fame. He played many years of rec basketball and flag football and now focuses on golf, where he is a four-handicap, seven-time Senior Club Champion at Meadow Park Golf Course and 12-time Tacoma Firefighters Golf Club Champion.