Hank Jarvits

Hank Jarvits came a long way from his birthplace in Tallin, Estonia, to ranking among the top baseball and fastpitch softball players to come out of Tacoma.

Jarvits, born on Sept. 9, 1939, graduated in 1958 from Stadium High School, where he was an all-league guard for the 1958 team that advanced to the state tournament. He played a year of basketball at Washington State, but he made a bigger mark on the baseball field, helping a Cougar team that took perennial national power USC to a third game in an effort to make the College World Series. Jarvits played at WSU until 1963, and also played semi-pro baseball with Woodworth Construction during the summer months.

He started playing fastpitch with Manke & Sons in 1968, and he was one of the key figures in the team qualifying for the 1974 national tournament. That year he led the league in hitting and was selected to numerous tournament all-star teams. He played for the 1984 B&I Sports team that won the Northwest Regionals in Spokane, and also saw action with Coors and Pan 'n Pak.