Ron Staples

A Clover Park High School graduate, Ron began his playing career with the Lakewood Lions fast pitch team at the tender age of eight. His team won three straight league championships. Then he began playing baseball at 11 and he continued through high school, junior college, and Tacoma City League. His teams won championships every year through junior high. At Clover Park he led the Warriors in hitting in Puget Sound League play and at Clark College he was the second-leading hitter on the squad. That earned him tryouts with Cincinnati and Pittsburgh at Portland’s Civic Stadium. In 1968 he joined Billings Electric, which won the City League Championship and lost in the finals of the state tournament to the Cheney Studs for the right to ploy in the national finals. He played on fast pitch teams (Puget Sound Bank and Cloverleaf Tavern) for a few years before a stint in modified fast pitch. In 1980-81 he pitched and played 3B for The Heel which won the league title and finished 7th at the nationals in Atlanta, GA. From 1982 to 1987 his B&I Sports teams won league and regional tournament titles all six years and placed between 7th and 15th nationally every year. Baseball came back to his life in ‘92 when he played 3B for the Tacoma Senators in Senior Baseball competition. Beginning in 1993 he joined the Tacoma Cascades, and success seemed to follow. In 1995 his team finished third at the Roy Hobbs World Series 140 and over). In 98 he joined the Washington Forties for the Nike World Masters Games but they missed the medal round by a game after beating the Silver Medalist team 2-0, From ‘96 to ‘99 Staples starred for the Puget Sound White Sox who competed at the Men's Senior Baseball World Series in Arizona (50 and over). Ron batted .500, .640 and .600 in successive years of that competition while his team took 2nd, 3rd and 5th places. The White Sax also played in the Roy Hobbs World Series in Florida in 1999 where they finished 2nd to the New England Red Sox, which included several former Boston Red Sax players. The championship game was a dandy with the Red Sax winning 8-7. Staples played shortstop in the tournament and hit over .400.