2004 Hall of Fame Inductees FASTPITCH
Phil Yant

A player with the ability to hit for a high average and known for his occasional tape-measure home runs at Peck Field, Phil Yant was one of the city’s top fastpitch softball players in the 1950s and into the 1960s. Yant was born on October 20, 1928, in Salt Lake City, Utah. After graduating from Stadium High in 1948, he began playing fastpitch in the early 1950s, but not before a coaching stint in 1950 with the Tacoma Fuelerettes fastpitch team. Phil served as an assistant coach with the club which was Tacoma’s #1 entry into the state tournament in Richland that summer. Among the players here today that he coached are Mary Ellen Farley, Connie Canonica, Beryl and Barbara Thrasher, and Jan Chase.  Yant played for Spring Air, Whylie’s Café, Wood Realty, Mueller Harkins, and Ben’s Truck Parts. He was instrumental in Ben’s finishing second at the 1954 regional tournament in Eugene, Ore. Yant, a great athlete, caught the eye of John Heinrick, coach of the football team at College of Puget Sound, and soon Yant was playing at CPS. While there, Yant earned recognition for his outstanding play on the gridiron, earning All-Evergreen Conference honors three times as an end and once as a guard. Yant graduated in 1958 and entered the education field, teaching and coaching in the Tacoma School District.