Tony Anderson

The word ubiquitous is a perfect description of Dill Howell Award winner Tony Anderson. Indeed, Tony is living proof of Webster's meaning of the word - "existing or being everywhere at the same time: constantly encountered".

When it comes to baseball and softball, Anderson fits that description to a tee (a batting tee, that is). Tony played baseball in high school at White River where he batted .367 and struck out only 7 times while making just 4 errors as a second baseman. A 1975 graduate, the Hornets played in the state tournament all four years. His All Saints team won the CYO Championship and he also played on Puyallup's American Legion teams and the Puyallup Eagles. Later he played slow pitch softball for the tavern teams of Duck's, 48th Street, Home Plate and Hank's, and modified fast pitch softball for Gibbs Electric.

Coaching also kept him involved with his favorite sport. He coached the White River Senior Babe Ruth team and assisted in the high school ranks at both Lincoln and Gig Harbor.

After a stint in the United States Marines (he received an honorable discharge for medical reasons), Tony became an Inspector for the Washington State Dept. of Agriculture. An early retirement was brought about due to an on-the-job injury.

Anderson never retired from his connection with baseball. In 1991 he became active in the Tacoma-Pierce County Sister Cities program and that led to him becoming the Chairperson of the U.S. - Japan Cultural Baseball Exchange. Since 1987 more than 1,000 young men from Tacoma and Pierce County have had the opportunity to play in that series and Tony has been involved in much of the fund-raising, netting that program more than a million dollars. In recognition of his efforts, Tony received the 50th Anniversary Award from the City of Kitakyushu & Mayor Kitahashi.

1996-Bob Lightfoot, Ron Magden, Bob Maguinez, Roy Young, Rob Ruth, Shawn McDougall, Tony Anderson
He also was the "spark" behind a Metro Parks grant from Baseball Tomorrow which resulted in several improvements at Heidelberg Park and the naming of the main baseball diamond in memory of Hall of Famer Bob Maguinez.

His community involvement wasn't limited to baseball and softball. He championed numerous sports as the only-three time President in the history of the Tacoma Athletic Commission. He served on the International Board of Sister Cities, was a Grand Lodge Vice President and Trustee for the Sons of Italy, and he became a Board Member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound.

His awards and achievements are far too many to mention all of them here. Significant, however, was the 2005 City of Destiny Award for Adult Leadership, the National Football Foundation's 2008 Kurt Gegner Award, and the Merit Award from the National Lodge of the Sons of Italy. (It may have been the only time an "Anderson" has won that honor).

Of special mention, how about the Tacoma-Pierce County Old Timers Hall of Fame in 2003, the Marc Blau Meritorious Service Award that same year, and the 2009 induction into the TAC's Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame?

If you never heard of the word ubiquitous before, now you know what it means. Just think of Tony Anderson and his countless contributions to community. Utterly ubiquitous!

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Tony Anderson, Sadahara Oh, & George Bender

International Ambassadors-Sister City Exchange Program-1999
Members of the Japanese delegation were joined by members from the Tacoma-Pierce County delegation in 1999 in Kitakyushu, Japan.
Back row l. to r.: Umpire from Kitakyushu Shino San (dark blue shirt-7th from left) Rob Ruth, Doug Sutherland, Tak Ikeda, Yamamoto San, Tony Anderson, Bob Lightfoot, Bob Maguinez, Phil Misely, Fukushima San, Joe Kosai, & Iwata San.
Bottom row far right (kneeling) is Harry Taniguchi.