Al Libke Jr.
Al Libke Jr., born in Tacoma ion September 12, 1918, was one of the first high school baseball stars in the city, helping lead the 1936 Stadium High School team to the unofficial state championship. He pitched and won the series-clinching second game, striking out eight Pomeroy batters. Among Al's teammates were shortstop Marv Scott, who would go on to a stellar coaching career in Pierce County, and centerfielder Jack Tanner, who became a Superior Court Judge.
A pitcher and first baseman in high school, Al played with Johnson Paint in the City League in 1938 and in 1941 signed a professional contract with the Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League. In 1941 he was optioned to Wenatchee where he played for the Chiefs of the Western International League. He played for the Seattle Rainiers in 1942 and 1944 and the Hollywood Stars during the 1947-48 seasons and returned to the Wenatchee of the WIL in 1949 where he continued to live and operate the Al Libke Insurance Agency.
Al made it to the Major Leagues with Cincinnati and as a rookie outfielder and led the Reds in hitting with a .283 average, was second on the team in runs batted in, had a 20-game hitting streak, and led all National League outfielders with six double plays.
Libke played City League basketball in Tacoma and was a member of the All-Star team that played in the AAU National Tournament in Denver in 1938. His father, Al Sr., and uncle, Bill, were one of Tacoma's well-known baseball-playing brother acts that participated in the City, Valley, and Timber Leagues during the 1920s and 30s.