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Baseball

Earl Averill

Inducted: 1964

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.

Michael Blowers

Inducted: 2005

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.

Ed Brandt

Inducted: 1989

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.

George Burns

Inducted: 1974

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.

Ron Cey

Inducted: 1994

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.

Harlond Clift

Inducted: 1977

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.

Ira Flagstead

Inducted: 2003

One 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 Coast League.

Jack Fournier

Inducted: 1979

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.

Vean Gregg

Inducted: 1963

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.

Jeff Heath

Inducted: 1974

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.

Fred Hutchinson

Inducted: 1962

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.

Woody Jensen

Inducted: 1989

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.

Bob Johnson

Inducted: 1964

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.

Earl Johnson

Inducted: 1983

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.

Roy Johnson

Inducted: 1978

An outstanding 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

Inducted: 2003

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.

Edgar Martinez

Inducted: 2010

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

award 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.

Amos Rusie

Inducted: 1986

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.

Ryne Sandberg

Inducted: 2003

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.

Ron Santo

Inducted: 1983

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.

Gerry Staley

Inducted: 1977

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.

Wes Stock

Inducted: 1994

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.

Mel Stottlemyre

Inducted: 1989

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.

Earl Torgeson

Inducted: 1969

Earl Torgerson 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 his career.

Edo Vanni

Inducted: 2005

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 baseball!

George "Rube" Walberg

Inducted: 1978

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.

Ray Washburn

Inducted: 1979

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

Inducted: 1980

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.

Sammy White

Inducted: 1980

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 the 50s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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