Vandegrift, born on Jan. 17, 1950, in Tacoma, graduated from Mt. Tahoma High School in 1968. He started his fastpitch career playing for Manitou Fuel from 1970-73, and then switched to Manke Lumber for the 1974-75 season. He finished up with B&I Sports from 1976-80. While with B&I he was a Norwest Major League All-Star and the Northwest Regional tournament batting champion with a .429 batting average.
A talented centerfielder, Ron Vandegrift garnered all-tournament honors as Manke Lumber defeated Pay-n-Pak to win the 1974 Northwest Pacific Regional tournament in Spokane and earn a berth in the National Major Fastpitch Championships in Clearwater, Fla. There, the Lumbermen were knocked out by the top-rated Clearwater Bombers, but they had accomplished a significant goal by winning the trip to nationals.
Vandegrift played two more years with Manke before receiving an invitation to play for Seattle Pay ' Pak. Declining for financial reasons, Ron stayed in Tacoma and went back to play for the B&I fastpitch team. He then switched to modified fastpitch, played with the B&I team from 1983-87 and participated in three consecutive Modified National Tournaments--1985 in Atlanta, 1086 in Spokane, and 1987 in Decatur, Alabama.
Vandegrift currently works for The Boeing Company as a R&D Facility Coordinator.