2003 Hall of Fame Inductees FASTPITCH
Woodrow Red

he wasn't in Tacoma long, but he left a lasting impression. He may have been one of the best fast pitch hurlers ever to play in Pierce County. No-hitters and one-hitters were commonplace when Red took the mound in 1943 and he led the Tacoma Teamsters to state and regional titles and on to the national fast pitch tournament. Stationed in the Coast Guard in Tacoma, he had pitched his Worthen Bank team to Arkansas State and Southwest Regional Championships in both 1941 and 42. He was still doing that in 1951 when Florida, behind legendary Herb Dudley, took a 1-0 decision in the national finals. From 1946 to 1970 he was selected to so many all-star teams he quit counting, almost every single year. He was a good enough baseball pitcher in high school to sign with Detroit and play briefly for Hot Springs, where he compiled a 5-3 professional record before deciding on a softball career. Brooks Robinson once was a batboy for one of Red's teams in Arkansas and later Red became a pitching coach for Robinson's Legion team. In Tacoma he played golf with Sam Allen of Allenmore fame and he still shoots his age on a course in Arkansas much like Fircrest. Truly a remarkable athlete.