Mike Healy

Mike Healy started his fastpitch playing career as a church league outfielder in 1948, but after learning how to pitch in 1951 he went on to become one of the best fastpitch pitchers seen in these parts for the next three decades until retiring from the sport at age 54.

Healy, born Feb. 15, 1933 in Washougal, graduated from Clover Park High School in 1951. After a stint in the Navy, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University in 1963 and a master’s degree from the University of Washington in 1969.

While still in high school, Healy was a church league outfielder until learning how to pitch in 1951. One year later he joined the U.S. Navy, and as a pitcher he led his squadron to the league championship and a berth in the Navy’s regional tournament where they took third place.

Upon his return to the Puget Sound area in 1956 and for the next 12 years he pitched for several teams in the industrial league. He was the Litehouse Tavern MVP in 1960, the Educators Mfg. MVP in 1962 and 1964, and the Manitou Fuel most valuable player in 1968. That same team won the 1968 city league championship. Healy also pitched for the West End Tavern and the Cloverleaf Tavern.

Throughout the 1970s there were many more tournament titles and MVP awards for Healy. Pitching for Manitou and later Puget Sound Bank, Healy and his teammates won tournaments in Tacoma, Lacey, Everett and Lake Oswego, Ore., among other locations. He was the Tacoma Invitational MVP in 1975 and that same year Manitou garnered a second-place regional tournament finish.

Pitching for B&I in 1982, Healy helped the team qualify for the national tournament, though player injuries prevented the team from attending.

Throughout his 35-year pitching career Healy never had a losing record, while at the same time earning many all-tournament honors.

“I thoroughly enjoyed all the years I was able to play and the numerous friendships that were formed playing the game,” Healy stated.