Mike Dillon

Mike Dillon was one of the finest prep baseball pitchers to play in Tacoma, throwing a pair of high school no-hitters while at Stadium High School.

Mike, born in 1931 in Yakima, was a dominant pitcher at Stadium High from 1947-49. In addition to throwing the two no-no’s, he was the starting pitcher against Seattle in the 1949 all-state game.

After high school, Mike pitched for the 6th Avenue club in Tacoma’s City League before signing a professional contract with the old St. Louis Browns. In his first season of pro ball at Redding (Calif.) of the Class D Rookie League, Mike compiled nine consecutive victories.

After an injury ended his pro career after four seasons, Mike pitched two years while in military service. He came back to Tacoma and joined up with Stanley’s Shoemen, playing a big role in helping the team win the 1956 amateur baseball national championship with a couple of pitching wins. Dillon, along with teammate Dale Bloom, had played minor league ball but had their amateur status reinstated.

In the national tournament opener, Dillon threw a complete-game three-hitter, striking out 10 and walking none in the 4-1 win against host Battle Creek, Mich. He had another three-hitter against a team from California.

Two years later he pitched for the Woodworth Contractors team that finished second at the amateur baseball national tournament.