2003 Marc H. Blau Meritorious Service Award
If a passion for the game is any measurement, baseball owes Tony Anderson a giant thank you for meritorious service. We Old Timers think so, too!
Tony is a graduate of White River high school, has been the driving force behind the Tacoma-Pierce County Baseball Exchange Program with Japan, and hereby is recognized with his selection for our very meaningful Meritorious Service Award.
The award is even more meaningful to Tony because two years ago one of his best friends, Bob Maguinez, received the same honor for his many years of dedication to the game. Mac was special to us Old Timers.
Tony currently is President of the Tacoma Athletic Commission, and is giving back to the schools, athletes, and teams of the Pierce County community.
He also sits on the board of the Sister Cities Program nationally and is chairman of the Sister City Council and the Pierce County Advisory Commission.
Since 1987 over seven hundred young men from the USA and Japan have had the opportunity to travel abroad and experience a different culture as a result of the program and Tony has been actively involved since 1991 when local businessman Takeshi Ikeda asked him to participate.
Medically retired, Tony can look back on a career of much involvement in sports. In high school he lettered in football and wrestling while starring in baseball. In four years as a Hornet he batted .367, struckout only seven times total, and made just three errors as an infielder.
He also played American Legion baseball with Puyallup, and slow pitch with Duck's Tavern, 48th Street Tavern, Home Plate Tavern, and Hank's Tavern teams. When it came to playing modified softball, he switched allegiance from taverns to play for Gibbs Electric.
He also coached. The White River Senior Babe Ruth team was Anderson-led and he assisted in the high school ranks at Lincoln and Gig Harbor.
The TAC motto is Dedicated to Sports and Civic Betterment. Its President most certainly has carried on that spirit at the highest level, and the Old Timers are proud to add his name to our Meritorious Service Award winner's list. Bob Maguinez would agree, big time!