2004 Hall of Fame Inductees UMPIRE
John Heinrick

Though a talented athlete, coach and administrator, John Heinrick is honored today as a highly regarded baseball and softball umpire, working many games at the semi-professional and service level. His talent behind the plate and on the bases was evident as he served a stint as an umpire in the professional Western International League. Outstanding umpiring wasn’t the only thing that Heinrick gave to his native Tacoma. His community service extended for more than 20 years with his involvement in numerous sports leagues throughout the metropolitan area. His distinguished coaching career started at St. Leo’s High School (now Bellarmine Prep) where, from 1927-1934, his small teams surprised sports fans around Tacoma by upsetting some of the bigger prep schools. He won three cross-state titles as football coach at Stadium High from 1936-47, and capped his high school coaching career by leading the all-state team to a win against an All-Seattle team in the first annual prep classic in August of 1947. Heinrick took over the basketball program at the College of Puget Sound in 1945 while still coaching football at Stadium, and he propelled the Loggers into second place in the Northwest League. The next year he took over as full time mentor and led the CPS cagers to the conference title in 1948. That started a long and outstanding career as a college coach. A graduate of Stadium High School, Heinrick was an outstanding prep athlete, earning letters in football, baseball and basketball. He attended Ellensburg Normal (now Central Washington University) before earning his degree from the University of Washington in 1926. He would play for several semi-professional baseball state championship teams, including the Tacoma Tigers in 1934 and 1935 and Johnson Paint in 1937. That team later finished fifth at the national tournament in Wichita, Kansas.