case 'Jesse Baker':
George “Sky Rocket” Roket was born in Tacoma on June 18, 1915 and attended Lincoln and Bellarmine high schools where he pitched and played first base on the baseball team in addition to playing basketball.
Roket was one of Tacoma’s top fastpitch
players having participated in two ASA national champions. Playing
for the Tacoma Teamsters in 1943, the club defeated Kauffman Buick
of Spokane, 9-3, to win the Washington State softball championship
behind the pitching of Woodrow Red. First baseman Roket was named to
the all-star team along with teammates Woodrow Red, catcher Hype
Jensen, second baseman Bill Ruehle, and outfielder bob Huegel. Roket
won the tournament batting title with an .833 batting average to go
his two rbi’s and five runs scored.
The 1944-45 season found George a member of
the Stores-Machinists fastpitch club which featured another top
hurler in Kermit Lynch, another Oldtimers Hall of Fame member. The
team won the Tacoma City League and were also crowned County, State
and Regional champions, thus earning a trop to the national
tournament in Cleveland, OH where the team finished third.
A fine all-around athlete, Roket also excelled in basketball as a member of the 1944 Sheetmetal team of the City League basketball program which included noted hoopsters Bill Lemmon, Lornie Merkle, and Bob Heugel.