Roger McDonald

One of the star performers far a Woods Realty team that barnstormed the Pacific Northwest from 1949 to 1960, McDonald came to the fast pitch ranks from a baseball, basketball, football and track & field background. A native of Rockville, Nebraska, he starred athletically at St, Thomas College in Minnesota before transferring in a Navy program to the University of Minnesota. In the spring of 1943 he won four first places in the state collegiate track & field championships. In 1944 he pitched his Excelsior team to a 4ó0 win in the state amateur baseball finals with the first no-hit, no-run game in that eventís history. A standing ovation from 4,279 fans followed. It was the largest crowd ever to watch the amateur finale in Minnesota. That resulted in being named to the all-state all-star team. Upon his discharge from the Navy he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and played in Houston prior to returning to Tacoma. From 1949 he played baseball locally with Spanaway in the Valley League until 1955, After that he discovered fast pitch, first playing for Dick and George Pease with Wes Hudson AC. and then joining Bobby Woods and his Realtors for 12 seasons of 60 games or more per year. In one tournament game with the Pease brothers he hit two-home-runs in one inning. Roger was the shortstop for Woods Realty teams that annually challenged the best in the business in Northwest softball circles. Big rivals were the legendary Irwin-Jones Dodgers with Lloyd Blanusa pitching and the Renton Cowboys with Bob Fesler on the mound. He was named to more than one all-league team during his tenure and remembers a tournament in Vancouver when he had two home runs and four doubles in one double-header.