If you played baseball in the Puyallup area at any time in the last 25 years you probably know the name of Ken Wilson. Many, many youngsters in that area simply have called him "coach." Wilson was born in Wisconsin, went to high school in South Dakota, served in the U.S. Army and has retired in Puyallup. After playing in high school in 1943-44-45 he played for the Puyallup Eagles in the Valley League and then coached youth recreation department baseball for eight years. He continued to coach baseball at All Saints School and added basketball to his coaching duties there for the next 10 years. Then he coached Puyallup entries in the American Legion and Connie Mack leagues.
Among his championship efforts he includes winning the American Legion state baseball title and a CYO state championship in basketball. Following his 24-year coaching career locally he became the team commissioner for Puyallup's American Legion program. Ask one of the graduates of a Ken Wilson-coached team and you'll get nothing but positives about the experience. His dedication to the sport and his contributions to kids have been no secret in Puyallup and the Tacoma-Pierce County Old-Timers are proud to recognize him with their Meritorious Award. Well earned, Ken!