Dick & George Pease
When it was Spring and Summer in the 1940s and 50s, it didn't take a detective to locate the Pease brothers. Just look around at any softball or baseball diamond in the Tacoma area and there they'd be in some capacity. George was the organizer, and one of the keenest statisticians ever, and Dick was a player-coach, later to become one of the top umpires in the area.
They had both been swimmers on Stadium high's 1936 state championship team but George shattered his pelvis when he lumped in a pool in Ellensburg while in high school, ending his athletic career but not his passion for sports. Dick played basketball at Stadium and was the manager of Stadium's 1936 state championship baseball team.
The brothers started playing softball in high school, first for Doc Fisher's' Drug Store (at Division & K), then for Cammarano Brothers. By that time George's injury had taken its toll on his playing, but he organized the team and convinced Bill Cammarano to sponsor it. They even had two sets of uniforms, unheard of in those days. After Dick returned from the service, where he worked in the Army postal division in Burma, the brothers teamed up to produce another team.
Wes Hudson Athletic Club
One of their neighborhood friends and high school heroes was Wes Hudson, one of Stadium's all-time great basketball and football stars. He played blocking back for the University of Washington Huskies but was killed in the service when a bomb exploded accidentally at the airfield where he was stationed. In his memory, the Pease brothers obtained permission from his mother to name a team after him and the Wes Hudson Athletic Club was born. They canvassed the city for funds to sponsor the team and entered it in City League fast pitch play. That team played for several years, winning several championships in both league and tournament play, and representing Hudson's memory in the most meaningful of ways.
Dick played some City League basketball for Cammaranos and Kist Bottlers during that time but soon took up officiating with Marv Harshman, Marv Tommervik and Gene Dosa. He worked football, basketball, baseball and softball games locally for 22 years. George became the stat man for the Tacoma Tigers and managed the concessions at Peck Field for several years. They both were postal service workers but George died after 15 years of service. Dick retired after 40 years, give or take a year, and during that time became the scorekeeper at the state basketball tournaments held at UPS.
Dick made 50 cents a game during the first B tournament ($13 for the entire tournament) and was a fixture behind the book, even when the tournament moved to the Tacoma Dome in the mid-80s. Congratulations to Dick Pease and his late brother George, true sportsmen in every way. They were a pair Dill Howell knew well and he would be proud to have their names engraved on his award. Dick passed away on July 4, 2007.
Note: In 2002 Dick and brother George were recipients of the Dill Howell Award under the auspices of the Tacoma-Pierce County Baseball-Softball Oldtimers Association, one of the highest honors awarded.