2006 Dill Howell Award
Put together a list of men who have had a lasting impact on Pierce County baseball and softball, and the name Doug McArthur would certainly be at or near the top of that list. Ask 99 others to make a similar list, and the results would be the same. All 100 lists would certainly feature Doug McArthur as one of the greatest contributors to the sports' promotion and development in the Puget Sound area.
It is for that reason that Doug is honored with the Dill Howell Award.
In his early years, Doug's attraction to sports came through the family radio, listening to Seattle Rainier games broadcast by Leo Lassen. At the time, the McArthur family lived in Deming, Wash., where Doug's father had managed a St. Paul and Tacoma Lumber Company mill until the Great Depression forced the mill's closure. So though he loved listening to baseball, he had little opportunity to play the game in remote and mostly unpopulated Deming.
The family returned to Tacoma and Doug graduated from Lincoln High School in 1946. While at Washington State College, Doug decided on a communications major, which led to a long and successful career in broadcasting, athletics administration and promotion.
After he played third base on the varsity baseball team at the College of Puget Sound, the Korean War led to military service, with Doug ultimately graduating from the Armed Forces Information School.
The year 1956 turned out to be a very good one for Doug.
After returning to Tacoma, he became KTAC radio's sports director in 1956. It was in that same year that McArthur left his first lasting impression on Pierce County baseball. Securing financial backing from Stan Naccarato and Morley Brotman, Doug built a group of local ball players into the 1956 Stanley's Shoemen baseball team. With Doug as manager, the squad won its last 13 consecutive games on the way to claiming the national amateur baseball championship in a tournament played in Battle Creek, Mich.
Not only was Doug an outstanding manager, he showed talent on the playing field. He enjoyed a successful career in slowpitch softball, adding his talent to some of the area's top teams. He played third bse for the four-time Northwest Regional Champions, Tucci and Sons, which in 1964 became the first Tacoma men's slowpitch team to compete in a national tournament. Turned pitcher in the tourney's opening game, he tossed a rare three-hit shutout in a 10-0 win over Rhode Island's state champs.
Doug's commitment to his community, to its people and to sports is evident in looking at his resume.
In the early 1960s he served as Superintendent of Public Recreation and Supervisor of Athletics for the Tacoma Public Schools and the Metropolitan Park District. Between 1966 and 1978 he was Director of Athletics at his college alma mater, where he also coached golf, baseball, and the schools first women's fastpitch softball team. He is a now a member of the Logger Athletic Hall of Fame.
Doug later formed his own company, MAC Northwest, combining his love of sports with broadcasting, public relations and promotion. His company secured broadcast rights for professional, college, and high school sports in Tacoma, along with Portland Timbers soccer.
He has been a longtime member of the Tacoma Athletic Commission, coordinated the successful Tacoma Dome bond issue campaign n 1980, and was event director for the 1987 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships held in Tacoma. In addition, Doug was one of the founders and the 13-year tournament director of the LPGA Safeco Golf Classic.