The Earl of Snohomish, a member
of Baseball Hall
of Fame, also on the all-time
Cleveland Indians team. He deserved recognition in light of his .322
lifetime batting average for the Indians.
From the Spanaway
sandlots to Yankee Stadium, he spent nearly a decade in the major
leagues with four clubs. Drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 1986
amateur draft, the Bethel High School and University of Washington
graduate, made his debut with New York in 1989 and spent two years
with the Yankees before joining the Mariners in 1992. His most
memorable season was 1995 with the "Miracle M's." He later played
with the Dodgers and Oakland A's, retiring with Seattle in 1999.
Raised in Spokane, he
won 121 games in the National League while pitching for the lowly
Boston Braves. A southpaw standout, he had an 18-11 record in 1931
for a .621 percentage for a team that had an overall 46-76 season
mark without him.
A major league
baseball first baseman for 16 seasons during which he compiled a
lifetime batting average of .306, he was the American League's Most
Valuable Player in 1926 and was voted a place on the all-time
Cleveland Indians team. A long time Bremerton resident.
One of Tacoma's
all-time top athletes. He spent 17 seaons in the major leagues
including 12 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was a six-time
National League All-Star. He was the Dodger MVP in 1975 and 1981.
The Mt. Tahoma and WSU graduate is the all-time Dodger home run
leader with 228.
As a member of the old
St. Louis Browns, he was the first third baseman to hit 30 home runs
in a season. Over a span of 12 complete seasons, he had 1,558 hits,
drew 100 or more walks six times and scored 100 or more runs seven
times. Yakima was his hometown.
of the State’s outstanding major league baseball outfielders in the
1920’s His Professional career began in 1917 with Tacoma of the
Northwest League. He spent 12 years in the American League with the
Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red sock, compiling a lifetime .290
batting average. His final year in the majors ended with the
Pittsburgh Pirates in 1930. He closed out his pro career in 1931
with the Portland Beavers and the Seattle Indians of the Pacific
One of the state's
outstanding professional baseball players. He compiled a .313
lifetime batting average during 15 seasons in the National and
American Leagues. His average ranks fifth best for first basemen in
the 20th Century. Spent 43 seasons in baseball as a player, manager,
coach and scout.
A crafty southpaw
pitching performer far ahead of his years in baseball, he led the
American League in winning percentage by compiling 23-7 won-lost
mark in 1911, his first campaign upstairs, then had 20-13 logs for
the Cleveland Indians the next two seasons. From Aberdeen.
Although plagued by
injuries, he was an outstanding performer throughout his 15-year
major league career, the first 10 of them with the Cleveland
Indians. The only American League player ever to hit 20 homers, 20
triples and 20 doubles the same season. He was a Seattle favorite.
One of the Detroit
Tiger's all-time "big names," he compiled a .572 lifetime winning
percentage in his 10 seasons of service withthe American League
club, then managed for 12 years in the majors, climaxed with his
National League pennant-winning campaign in 1961. One of the diamond
game's most respected figures. A Seattle legend.
A native of Bremerton,
he played nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates and he was often
referred to as the forgotten outfielder on a team that featured Hall
of Famer's Paul and Lloyd Waner. A .285 lifetime hitter, he
collected 400 hits during the combine 1935-36 seasons.
After a relatively
late start in professional baseball, his rise was meteoric-arrival
in the big time at the age of 25, compiling a 13-season batting
average of .298, collecting 2,051 hits, including 288 homers.
Perhaps his most impressive statistic, however, was driving across
100 or more runs in seven of his first eight major league seasons.
As a Boston Red Sox
and Detroit Tigers picther, he won 40 and lost 32 but World War II
cost him four prime seasons and an even more successful career. He
won a World Series game against St. Louis, 3-2, in 1946. The Seattle
native was a long-time Red Sox scout.
outfielder with Detroit and Boston for 10 seasons, he completed a
lifetime average of .296. He was the first Major League rookie to
get 200 hits in a season. Led the American League in doubles during
his rookie year. Brother of fellow Tacoman Bob Johnson.
Hubert "Hub" Kittle
Baseball was his life as a player, coach, manager, scout and front office executive. The venerable pitcher started his professional
career in the 1937 Western Association. He pitched in six decades,
climaxed with a 1-2-3 inning at the age of 63 with Triple A
Springfield in the American Association. He managed a score of teams
starting with Yakima in 1948. He was the pitching coach for both
Houston and St. Lois, winning a Worlds Series ring with the
Cardinals. Truly the State’s diamond treasure.
Considered by many to be the
greatest designated hitter in history, Edgar Martinez played 18 seasons for the Seattle
Mariners and finished his career with a lifetime batting average of .312. A
three-time All-Star and a two-time Mariners MVP, Edgar
is Seattle's all-time leader in
doubles and won two American League batting titles-1992 with a .343 average and 1995 with
a .356 average.
Martinez won five Silver Slugger
Awards in his career as well as the Roberto Clemente Award in 2004. Upon Edgar's
retirement in 2004, the Outstanding Designated Hitter Award was renamed the Edgar
Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award, an
he won five times.
Edgar, Ted Williams, Babe Ruth,
Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, and Lou Gehrig are the only players in history with
300 home runs, 500 doubles, a career batting average higher than .300, a career
on-base percentage higher than .400 and a career slugging
percentage higher than .500.
A Seattle native, he
won 250 games in nine major league seasons. He was a 30-game winner
three times and won 20 or more games eight times in the early 1900s.
He is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Superlative is the best word to describe Spokane native Ryne
Sandberg’s outstanding career with the Chicago Cubs. A three-sport
standout at North Central High, he was recruited by Washington State
as a quarterback, but elected instead to sign with the Cubs. His 16
year major league career includes numerous records. He appeared in
10 All-Star games, named the National League’s MVP in 1984, most home
runs (277) by a second baseman, 123 errorless games in 1989, and a
nine- time Gold Gloves winner.
In 15 seasons with the
Cubs and White Sox, he was selected for 10 All-Star games, appearing
in eight. A one-time Sick's Stadium ball boy, he hit .333 in All-Star
games. He had 2200 hits during his major league career with 342 home
runs. He scored more than 1100 runs and more than 1300 RBIs.
Winner of 134 major
league games as a starter with the St. Louis Cardinals and a
reliever with the Chicago White Sox. Holder of two American League
ERA titles for a relief pitcher. Over a five year period with the
Cards he averaged over 15 wins per season.
Considered one of
baseball's premier pitching coaches, he spent parts of five decades
both as a relief pitcher and coach with five major league
organizations. He started with Baltimore in 1959 and ended his
active career with Oakland in 1993. He appeared in 321 major league
games with a .675 winning percentage.
A righthanded pitcher
from Mabton in Eastern Washington, he won 164 games in a standout
11-year major league career with the New York Yankees. He won 20
games in three different seasons and 15 or more wins seven times. He
later became a highly successful major league pitching coach.
began his professional with the San Francisco Seals and closed out
his career in the Big Show with the New York Yankees in 1961. A
standout first baseman, he made two World Series appearances during
He became the heart and
soul of Seattle baseball although he never played in the majors
because of service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Noted for
his firebrand style in the glory days of the Rainiers at Sick's
Stadium, he did it all. He was King of the Hill during his playing
days, he managed the Rainiers, and worked in the front office with
the Seattle Pilots, the city's first American League franchise in
1969. Forget Edo Vanni? In Seattle that would be like forgetting
George "Rube" Walberg
A Seattle native, he
pitched 15 seasons in the Majors winning 156 games. He was a 20-game
winner with Connie Mack's Philadelphia A's in 1931. He appeared in
five World Series with a fantastic ERA of 1.93. A solid performer,
he completed 140 out of 307 major League starts.
A 10-season National
League veteran, he pitched on four pennant winners and two World
Championship teams. In 1968 he pitched a no-hitter against San
Francisco helping St. Louis win the pennant. He also hurled
Whitworth College to the 1960 NAIA National Championships.
Joyner "JoJo" White
A Seattle baseball
legend, his career spanned 42 years, over 22 seasons as an active
player with a lifetime average of .291. An excellent fielder his
lifetime defensive average was .968. A member of two Detroit pennant
winners and one World Championship team, he was a long-time favorite
player with the Seattle Rainiers and later managed the team.
A standout prep
athlete at Seattle's Lincoln and an All-America basketball star at
the UW, he chose baseball as a career and he spent 11 seasons with
the Boston Red Sox. An All-Star selection in 1953, his lifetime
batting average is third best among all American League catchers in