Art Mclarney

Slowpitch Softball

Art was a first baseman at Stadium High School (Class of 1960) and the University of Puget Sound before compiling a distinguished resume as a local teacher, coach, official and slowpitch softball star. He was born May 29, 1942 in Seattle.

Art coached Pierce County athletes for 35 years. He led baseball, basketball and track teams while teaching at Mt. Tahoma High School. He also coached baseball, football, basketball, track, and wrestling at Hunt and Gray junior high schools and Lakes High School. He wrapped up his coaching career with 13 years leading the young men on the football field and basketball court at Tacoma's Wilson High School.

You may have witnessed Art throwing flags and blowing whistles as a high school and college football and basketball official for 23 years.

After his baseball career ended at the University of Puget Sound in 1969, Art moved to the slowpitch diamond with terrific success as a pitcher and first baseman. He played for Durobilt (14 years), Wested Tire (1 year), Poodle Dog (10 years), 6th Avenue Colts (3 years), Lollies Fast Pitch (2 years) and American Title (1 year). Art was particularly well-known in softball circles for his deceptive windmill pitching delivery. He regularly baffled batters with an uncommon assortment of pitches and deliveries.

Art was selected for the Western Washington All-Star Team in 1972 and 1973 (see photo). He also earned MVP and All-Star honors in leagues and tournaments throughout the Northwest.

At one point, he was selected to pitch against Howard's Furniture in a game at Cheney Stadium. Howard's Furniture was the Amateur Softball Association national slowpitch champion and featured former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tony Cloninger in its lineup.

Art's father, who played in the major leagues for the New York Giants, is also an inductee.