Craig Parks-Hilden

Craig was a basketball and baseball star at Bellarmine Prep, graduating in 1967. He was selected by the Houston Astros in the third round (46th overall) of the Major League Baseball draft that summer and had a strong minor league career before arm trouble interrupted his path to the majors. A lefty on the mound, Parks-Hilden won 12 games and lost 8 with a 3.20 earned-run average in 36 minor league games, 20 of them as a starter.

As a 17-year-old in the short-season Appalachian League, Craig led the league in wins and strikeouts. He was also 10-for-19 (.526) at the plate that summer. The following year, in the Florida State League, he matched up against future Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer and beat him twice.

A shoulder injury ended his pitching career before surgery became a popular option to extend careers. At the Astros' spring training camp in 1970, Craig attempted to continue as an outfielder but he couldn't throw and his baseball career ended.

Parks-Hilden, born October 10, 1949, earned four letters in baseball and basketball at Bellarmine. Under head coach Ron Urquhart, he won the 1967 city scoring title in basketball, averaging 19.5 points and edging out Wilson's Don Gustafson. His on-the-court talent at the forward position earned him all-city and all-state honors.

On the diamond Craig experienced success at a young age as his Connie Mack teams won state and regional titles and he garnered All Star honors in the 1966 Connie Mack World Series. Coach of that team was former UPS head baseball coach Jack McGee. He subsequently was the pitching coach for the University of Portland Pilots baseball team from 1992-94.

While working as a commercial fisherman out of Gig Harbor for 20 years, Craig found time to compete on the Northwest Racquetball Tour, winning numerous singles and doubles titles from 1982-1992. He now works in golf equipment sales and lives in Gleneden Beach, Oregon.