Hank Semmern

Hank Semmern was born in Tacoma on June 6, 1927 and played football and baseball at Stadium high, graduating in 1945. The following year he played baseball with his brother, Don, for the Sportsman's Club.

Hank went on to earn a scholarship to College of Puget Sound, where for three years he starred as a right-handed pitcher. He graduated from CPS in 1951 and went on to careers in real estate and auto sales.

Semmern played well enough at College of Puget Sound to earn a tryout with the Wenatchee Chiefs (he called it a cup of coffee without the coffee) of the Western International League, but an arm injury brought him back to Tacoma, which became fortuitous for several teams in the local City and Valley leagues.

Among the teams he played for were K Street, Olde Pilsner Beer, 38th Street, Madigan, 26th & Proctor, Phil's Place and the Timbermen, managed by Marv Rickert. One of his teammates on the Timbermen was former Philadelphia A's star Indian Bob Johnson. In addition to Rickert, Semmern counted Bob Johnson and Marv Scott among the outstanding managers for which he played.

Hank tossed a no-hitter while in the City League where he twice earned all-star honors and was selected to the Valley League all-star team once during his career.

Semmern served as Tacoma Athletic Commission president in 1974-75 and for many years served as a public address announcer at the local Golden Gloves boxing tournament.