Mike Zenk

Mike Zenk, a 1965 Wilson High grad, so excelled for the Rams and Cheney Studs that he was signed by the San Francisco Giants in 1965. Primarily a catcher and first baseman, Mike spent two seasons in the Giants organization but broke a finger in both seasons limiting his play before he was released.

Before pro baseball, Mike earned seven varsity letters at Wilson and several captain and inspirational awards. In football he was all-City and all-Capital League as a center and defensive tackle. In wrestling, he placed third in state at 191 pounds. He led the Rams to two City and Capital League championships. He is also a member of the Wilson sports hall of fame.

After returning to Tacoma from his stint in the Giants' organization, Mike played two years for the Heidelberg slowpitch team. He recalls winning "just about all the tournaments we entered." He played in two slowpitch world series tournaments – Jones Beach, NY and Parma Ohio. In 1968 at Jones Beach, Heidelberg placed fifth. After Heidelberg, Mike played for Cornell Plumbing (1970-71) and Sons of Italy (72-73).

"I was very lucky to have grown up in a town that had so many great sponsors for youth sports and the people that loved to teach kids to play the games," Mike said. "I was first coached in baseball by my father Bill Zenk and then Bob Maguinez and Larry Loughlin, Joe Stortini, Marv Scott, and football by Mr. Naubert and Harry Bird. They were all inspiring leaders."

1968 Heidelberg Slowpitch Team

 

Front row l. to r.: Jerry Thacker, Gordy Pfeifer, Al Reil and Mike Zenk.

Back row l. to r.: Dick Samlaska, Terry Trowbridge, Don Leaf, Dave Bishop, Ken Schulz and Bob Young.