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2004 Hall of Fame Inductees SPONSOR
Harry Esborg-Hollywood Boat & Motor
Itís been written that Harry Esborg had his arm twisted by Margaret Zepeda into sponsoring a womenís fastpitch softball team. The truth be told, it didnít take that much convincing for the former baseball player and owner of Hollywood Boat & Motor to become the sponsor and manager of one of the most successful and talented teams in Tacoma womenís fastpitch history.
Harry was born in Menlo Park, CA and moved to Tacoma at the age of 5. In 1926 he established the Hollywood Board & Motor Company. His son, Keith, took over the business and subsequently he turned the operation over to his oldest son, Gordon, who runs the business as a third-generation owner. Gordonís two brothers, Greg and Grant, are not involved in the business.
Esborg took an active interest in recreational
programs in the community ever since coming to Tacoma back in 1920.
He regularly coached and sponsored baseball teams, bowling teams,
and girlsí softball teams. He started as a playeróa catcher-for the
Northern Pacific Railway team the year he arrived. His fondest
memory, however, was of the South Tacoma entry in the City League
for which he played and later coached. When he was a mentor of the
team, its roster included such players as George Wise, Ocky Jensen,
Ev Jensen, Walt Crosetti, Andy Nelson, Harley Franklin, Rudy
Tollefson, and Art Berg.
Esborg, a likable gentleman, attended all of HB&Mís games, traveling with and supporting the team at every turn. His sponsorship of the Hollywood Boat & Motor team led to his founding the Northwest Womenís Major Softball League, which he served as its first president. The league was comprised of the top womenís teams in the Northwest. Esborg was president of the South Tacoma Kiwanis Club and was active in such organizations as the Elks, Masons, Shriners and the Tacoma Athletic Commission. He was also instrumental in organizing the Tacoma Outboard Association and held the No. 1 membership card for his efforts.