Jim Rediske (Baseball)

James Rediske was a key member in Pacific Lutheran College's 1948 Washington Intercollegiate Conference Championship team, patrolling centerfield for the Lutes in the mid to late 1940s.

A .300 lifetime hitter, Rediske was just as renowned for his outstanding glove work at shortstop and in centerfield as he was for his skill at the plate. Although his stellar defense and sparkling offensive production alone set him apart as a player, he was also known for his fun-loving attitude and great joy and respect for the game of baseball.

As a 16 year-old, the St. Louis Cardinals wanted to sign Jim right out of high school but his parents wouldn't sign the consent form. Jim always said it was a good thing he didn't sign as he met his wife, Bonnie, later on at Pacific Lutheran College.

Rediske went on to play in the City League with South Tacoma, Woodworth Contractors, McKinley Hill and Renderers, as well as with Mineral and Spanaway in the Valley League

Outside of his playing career, Rediske worked as an assistant coach at Morton High School under Chuck Loete from 1949-1951. The two played together in the 1950s under Bill Funk and Marv Scott with the Woodworth Contractors.

Born in Roy, Rediske starred at Roy High School in the early 1940s before his graduation in 1944. He went on to graduate from PLC in 1949.