2003 Hall of Fame Inductees BASEBALL
Andy Helling

a graduate of Sumner High and Pacific Lutheran, Helling went on to become the baseball coach at Puyallup High School for 18 years and won three Puget Sound League championships. He also was named Coach of the Year three times, and he coached Puyallup two years in American Legion play. Andy played baseball at Sumner where he was a catcher because nobody else would play that position. He also was a three-year lettermen in football and won the team's inspirational award. A third-baseman at PLC and in the U.S. Marines, he was a member of the Lutes Evergreen Conference champions in 1953 and played for the 14th Naval District title as a Marine. At PLC he was the team's second leading hitter with a .318 average. He also played in the Valley League for Puyallup and the City League for McKinley Hill and he even played a year of fast pitch for the Sumner A.C where he was an all-star selection. As a coach at Puyallup he sent four of his players to professional baseball and Steve Sand to college at the University of Southern California to become a college all-star. Clearly, Helling's contributions to baseball locally have been Hall of Fame material.