Bill Boyer

Bill Boyer put together an impressive career as a local fastpitch softball player starting with Ideal Tavern in 1957 and ending with Manke Lumber in 1977.

A 1957 graduate of Auburn High School, Boyer earned all-conference honors in football and track and established a school high jump record with a leap of 6-2. After high school, Boyer got right into the fastpitch, playing for Ideal Tavern from 1957-59. He played the next three seasons with Auburn Elks, then participated with Rohr Industries, for whom he worked 32 years as a purchasing agent, from 1963-69.

After a year with Pay N Pak, he played three years with Ruth Realty and then finished with Manke Lumber from 1974-77. His playing days came to an end with the Ruth Realty senior slowpitch team in 1994-95.

Boyer played in 10 Northwest regional fastpitch tournaments and in the 1974 national championships in Clearwater, Fla. During his 20-plus seasons Boyer compiled a .300-plus batting average and won numerous all-tournament awards, including a regional all-star selection and a Best Hitter Award.

Boyer's athletic talents have continued down through the family lines with son Billy Boyer inducted into the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame in 2003, grandson William (Billy Boy) drafted by the Anaheim Angels and another grandson, Brad Boyer, signing a letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Washington.