Doug Armstrong

A three-sport star out of Franklin Pierce High School, Doug Armstrong was a dominant offensive player for numerous slowpitch softball squads during a career spanning 1970 through 1985.

Born December 15, 1949 in Seattle, Armstrong lettered in baseball, football and basketball for six straight years at Ford Junior High and Franklin Pierce High School before graduating in 1968. During his prep career he helped lead the Cardinals to a pair of football and basketball South Puget Sound League championships.

Armstrong joined the Lucky Lager slowpitch team in 1970, playing games in the Western Washington League at Sprinker Recreation Center and in his first-ever tournament he helped the Lagermen to a second-place finish at the Othello Invite behind the power Heidelberg club. At season's end, Heidelberg added Armstrong as a pickup player for the ASA Regional tournament in Corvallis where the squad claimed the title thus earning a trip to the ASA National Tournament in Michigan.

A First-Team All-Star selection in his first season foreshadowed the stellar career to come. Armstrong played with the Lucky lager squad for two more seasons before joining the Cloverleaf Tavern team in 1973 and '74. He teamed with Cody's Tavern from 1975 through '79, garnering countless All-Star awards along the way, with the highlight coming in 1977 and '78 when the team qualified for consecutive trips to the ASA National Championships. The team finished ninth out of 50 teams at Houston, TX in 1977 and placed fourth in 1978 in Burlington, NC, the highest national tournament finish for a Tacoma-Pierce County team to date.

Armstrong's bat helped lead the way throughout, as he earned National Tournament Individual All-Star honors in 1978 with a .611 tourney batting average. That closely matched his .600 career batting average. Doug closed out his slowpitch career with the Black Horse Tavern (1980-81) and three seasons with the Kline Music team (1982-84).

1970 LUCKY LAGER SLOWPITCH TEAM

Front row l. to r.: Tom Yotty, Carlos Canty, and Glen Hadland.

Middle row l. to r.: Dick Webster, Rollie Moore, Bobby Grant, Ken Jones and Jerry Archer

Back row l. to r.: Tim Chandler,  Doug Armstrong, Dave Carr, Dave Roller, Bill Royne and Mel Burrell.