Jim Petersen

Some of the best 65-and-over softball players in the country are found in the Puget Sound region, and Jim Petersen is counted among that group.

Born in Hanford, CA in 1932, Petersen played college baseball at Fresno State College from 1953-55, serving as the team’s co-captain in 1954-55 and batting .370 as the Bulldog’s second baseman. He was inducted into the Fresno State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.

After graduating from Fresno State in 1955, he joined the U.S. Air Force, eventually rising to the rank of Colonel. In 1958, as player-coach at Travis Air Force Base, he led his team to the Military Airlift Command championship.

Petersen has played infield for the Emerald City slowpitch team from 1996 to the present (2001), helping the team win the 60 & over world championship in Chicago in 1998, in Winnipeg in 2000 and in Phoenix in 2001. In addition, Emerald City won the 70-and-over national title in 2004. He played shortstop for the 65s and was selected the Mot Valuable Player in the 1998 world slowpitch championships and he was named to the All-World Tournament team in 2000 in Winnipeg.

Now 74 years young, Jim continues to play in the Half Century Plus League at Sprinker Recreation Center on the Prime Time team, one of the most competitive in the program.