Phil Westendorf graduated from Clover Park High School in 1973, where he excelled in various sports. Westendorf's prowess in basketball earned a scholarship to Tacoma's Pacific Lutheran University, but he instead chose to pursue baseball with a scholarship to Washington State University.
Named a team captain his junior year, Westendorf again earned first-team All-Pac-8 Northern Division honors, this time as a first baseman. His contributions helped fuel the Cougars to a first place finish in the Western Regional playoffs and a fifth place finish in the 1976 College World Series. As a senior, Westendorf earned second-team All-American honors at second base and was part of an infield corps that led the nation with 80 double plays turned.
Under coach Merle Hagbo, Phil was a First-Team All-SPSL selection his senior year where he was chosen to the All-Star team after the Warriors finished runnerups in the State AAA Baseball Championships. He then packed his bags and headed for the Palouse.
The Cougars finished in first place in the Pacific-8 Northern Division all four years Westendorf was part of the team. In 1974, he contributed throughout the season at a variety of infield positions as a freshman. Westendorf's .366 average, 10 home runs, 49 runs batted in and 67 hits his sophomore year earned him the WSU "Top Hitter Award," as well as first-team All-Pac-8 Northern Division and honorable mention All-American as a designated hitter.
Upon graduation from WSU in 1977, the Kansas City Royals drafted Phil in the fifth round of the 1977 draft, and he played Rookie Ball in Sarasota, Fla., that year, earning a spot on the Gulf Coast League All-Star team. He played in the Royals' farm system for the next several years before being released in May 1981.
Westendorf currently lives in Bakersfield, Calif., and works as an environmental specialist for Production Services Network. He is married with three children.