2004 Hall of Fame Inductees FASTPITCH
Peggy Ruehle

From the earliest days of Tacoma area women’s fastpitch, Peggy (Moran) Ruehle was one of the best players to step between the lines. An early roster shows that she played third base for the Blue Streaks in 1940, as well as the Cooks & Waitresses team, but it was with Lincoln Electric that she, and the team, had their greatest success. Peggy, playing the infield, contributed significantly to Lincoln Electric winning consecutive state championships in the 1945 and 1946 seasons. The “Electrics” started 1945 by winning all seven of their games to garner the initial City Women’s Softball League championship, and they went on to garner the state crown. The following year the state championship came down to a battle of local squads. Peggy and her teammates defeated the host Sumner Maids, 15-8, in the state tourney’s 15th-and-deciding contest. Peggy graduated from Lincoln High School in 1940, participated in swimming, soccer, and basketball, and continued playing organized ball into her 30s. Success on the ball diamond runs in the family as husband, Bill, is a previous fastpitch HOF inductee. A  youthful 83 (born July 5, 1920 in Portland) Peggy is still an active tennis player, having finally put the bowling ball in the closet.