2007 Cy Greenlaw Old-Timers Salute Award

Dick Milford

Dick Milford, born on Feb. 23, 1920 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, came to the Pierce County area to play hockey after spending 4-1/2 years in the Canadian Army. He first played for the Seattle Ironmen of the Pacific Coast Hockey League for two seasons before joining the Tacoma Rockets in 1946.

Milford played center for the Rockets for four seasons and scored 71 points for the team in the 1947-48 season. He scored 64 points in the 1949-50 season which was good for 14th in league scoring. In 189 games as a Rocket, Milford tallied 99 goals and 125 assists for 225 points. He finished his professional hockey career as a player-coach in Melville, Sask.

The Tacoma area drew him back, and his athletic ability found its outlet in fastpitch softball. In the late 1940s and into the 1950s, enlisted personnel from the area military bases helped swell the county fastpitch ranks, and in a similar vein current and former Rockets players played softball during the off-season. Milford was in on this surge in the game, and he played for several teams before becoming part of the Irwin-Jones Dodgers team.

In 1951, Rockets players Doug Adam and Alex Watt joined former teammates Milford and Joey Johns on the Dodgers. According to superstar hurler Lloyd Blanusa, "I remember Dick as a very tough-nosed catcher who didn't back down from any runners coming home. He called a pretty good game but because he was a good hockey player he was very attuned to taking hits," said Lloyd. With superstar \ Blanusa in the pitcher's circle and Milford sharing the catching duties with Vern Martineau, the team dominated the local league, won the state tournament and qualified for the Nationals where they finished second in Bridgeport, CT in 1952. In addition to playing catcher, Milford occasionally roamed leftfield during his fastpitch days.

Milford, who worked in the circulation department for the Tacoma News Tribune, wrapped up his playing career shortly thereafter.

Irwin-Jones Dodgers Fastpitch Team 2nd place, 1952 , Bridgeport, CT ASA Fastpitch National Championships
Back row l. to r.: Unknown, Lloyd Blanusa, Doug Stromberg, Alex Watt, Bob Frankowsky, Joey Johns, and Jack Hermsen.
Front row l. to r.: Dick Milford, Vern Martineau (?), Bob Gunderson, Ples Irwin, Wally Brebner, Bill Bridges, and Doug Adam.