Tommy Thomas

Tommy Thomas, the son of fastpitch Hall of Famer Len Thomas, began his fastpitch career in Tacoma at the age of 18. Under the watchful eye of his father, who pitched in the 1940s, Tommy began his career with the Stan Stowe-managed Mueller-Harkins team in the early 1950s.

He joined the service in late 1952 and played for the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, N.C., for two years.

Thomas stayed on the east coast and played in Baltimore, starting in 1956. He became well known on the east coast as a top young pitcher and participated in two ASA national tournaments while in Baltimore.

Tom joined Philadelphia's highly regarded Flat Iron team and pitched for them from 1963-1969. During those years he was named Most Valuable Pitcher in many league and invitational tournaments, earned all-region honors four times and competed in four national championship tournaments.

After returning to Tacoma, Thomas played for Ruth Realty and Manke and Sons. In 1974, he and Gene Thayer pitched Manke and Sons to the Western Regional title and a trip to the ASA national tournament. That appearance was the first time a Tacoma team had been to the Nationals since the Irwin-Jones Dodgers in 1951.

Thomas continued to play for various teams through 1989 and concluded his career with an appearance at the ISL national championships with Ole's Place tavern of Yakima. Tom's career spanned more than four decades.