Denny Brand

Denny Brand - 1966 Wilson HS

Denny Brand went from not being allowed to play junior high football because they said he was too small to being inducted in the Old-timers Hall of Fame as a baseball player. Denny, born January 14, 1948, is in the Wilson High School Hall of Fame for his performance on the diamond. Playing for coach Marv Scott, Brand was All-City in 1966. He also played in the Pierce County All-Star feeder game and was an all-state selection for the Seattle P.I. City vs. State game. Denny played for the Cheney Studs in Babe Ruth, Colt and Connie Mack leagues and the Sta-Green Nursery semi-pro team.

Denny went on to the University of Washington and played three seasons of Varsity baseball for the Huskies and was a two-time captain under Coach Ken Lehman. As a senior, he led the UW in hits in 1970.

Brand also displayed talent on the basketball court. In 1962-63, he was a member of the Cheney Stud Courteers that traveled up and down the West Coast performing at half time shows of high school, college and professional basketball games. He later played varsity basketball for Dan Inveen at Wilson.

"I made so many friends through sports and was the luckiest person to have had such fantastic coaches and mentors," Denny said. "My first coach was Bud Thomsen when I played for the Pot & Kettle team in the Rookie, Pee Wee and Bantam leagues. What a fantastic coach and great role model. When I played Babe Ruth , Colt and Connie Mack baseball it was Bob Maguinez who showed me how to respect the game and of course Marv Scott gave me the tools to be able to compete at the higher levels. Their love and respect for the game is engraved in everything I live for."

"I was so fortunate to have lived in Tacoma and was able to enjoy all that Tacoma sports and recreation had to offer. Because of that opportunity I am everyday reminded to never take myself to seriously and always remember where I came from."

Denny Brand - 1958 Pot & Kettle Rookie League team

Denny Brand - 1958 Pot & Kettle Rookie League team

Denny Brand - Colt baseball team

Denny Brand - Colt baseball team

Denny Brand, age 14, as an original member of the Cheney Stud Courteers team

1963 Cheney Studs Awards Banquet

1963 Cheney Studs Awards Banquet

1958 Pot & Kettle Rookie League team. This is the first team Denny ever played baseball on. Bud Thomsen was the coach.
Front row l. to r.: Joe Price, Denny Brand, Wayne Hoff, Jim Anspaugh, Denis Nadeau, and Ray Mosier.
Back row l. to r.: Steve Gegorich, Nick Perovich, Craig Cameron, Tim Thomsen, Mike O'Conner, Lew French, and Mark Cameron was the batboy.

1962 Cheney Studs Babe Ruth Baseball League team (ages 13-15)
Bob Maguinez is coach on the left and Larry Loughlin is the coach on the right.
Denny Brand is front row, third from the left