Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sid Van Sinderen

Sidney Van Sinderen, Jr.


Born:
July 26, 1923
Big Lake, WA

Died:
February 12, 2017
Bellingham, WA


Career
Bellingham High School - Washington (High School)
Western Washington College (College)
1946-47 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)

Born in Big Lake, Washington, Sidney's family moved to Bellingham in 1926. He entered the USMC after high school, and after the war entered Western Washington. He played basketball professionally for the Fircrests in 1946 after playing pro baseball for the Vancouver Capilanos of the Western International League. He would later work for many years as a teacher and an immigration officer.


Sidney married Jettie McClane in 1946 and they had a son and two daughters.


Minor League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=vansin001sid

Source:
Bellingham Herald Obituary, February 17, 2017
Obituary

Earl Torgeson

Clifford Earl Torgeson


Born:
January 1, 1924
Snohomish, WA

Died:
November 8, 1990
Everett, WA


Career
1946-47 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)

Born to Melvin and Helen Torgeson, Earl Torgeson was a baseball star around Snohimish. He signed with the Seattle Raniers in 1941. With unusually good speed for a guy his size, Torgeson played well for the Raniers before entering the U.S. Army after the 1942 season. After the war, where he received a Purple Heart in the Battle of the Bulge, Torgeson returned to the Raniers in 1946, and after a soild season was sold to the Boston Braves of the National League. In that off-season, he signed with the Bellingham Fircrests of the Pacific Coast Basketball League, but was released around December 20, 1946.
Off to Boston in 1947, Torgeson began what would be a 15-year career as a Major League first baseman, with stops in Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago and New York after Boston. Earl was a tough ballplayer with no fear of throwing a punch. He worked in the front office of the Seattle Pilots in 1969, and in 1972, was elected Snohomish County Commissioner. He was charged with defrauding the county, but was found not guilty. Unable to get re-elected, he later worked as the county's director of emergency management. He was 66 when he died from leukemia in 1990.

He and his wife, Molly, had three sons and a daughter.

Major League Baseball Stats
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/torgeea01.shtml

Source:
SABR Biography
Seattle Times Obituary
Chicago Tirbune, November 11, 1990

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dave Teyema

David H. Teyema


Born:
March 18, 1923
Portland, OR

Died:
September 18, 2013
Gresham, OR


Career
1941-42 Roosevelt High School - Portland (High School)
1942-43 Roosevelt High School - Portland (High School)
1946-47 Salem Trailblazers (PCBL)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)
1947-48 Vancouver Hornets (PCBL)

Teyema was one of the more skilled athletes in Portland in the 40's and 50's, playing football, basketball and baseball. He played baseball and basketball on the professional level, with two years in the PCBL and three years of minor league baseball. He also served in the military in World War 2.

He married Marilyn Dodge in 1954 and they had two sons.

Minor League Baseball Stats
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=teyema001dav

Source:

Bill Taitt

William Kenneth Taitt


Born:
August 24, 1923
Portland, OR

Died:
September 1, 2004
Portland, OR


Career
1941-42 Roosevelt High School - Portland, OR (High School)
1942-43 Oregon State College (College)
1946-47 Portland Indians (PCBL)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)

Taitt, a talented baseball player, attended Oregon State for one year, playing baseball and basketball, before entering the U.S. Navy. After serving in World War 2, he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945. After being released, he signed with the Tyler club in the Texas League, playing for his uncle, former Major League player Doug Taitt. Taitt was sold after the 1946 season to the Red Sox, and in the off-season, played basketball with the Portland Indians. He played minor league baseball for another couple years, through 1948, never rising above Class B.

Minor League Baseball Stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=taitt-001wil


Source:
News-Review (Roseburg, Oregon), December 7, 1946

Friday, May 19, 2017

Gordy Sykes

Gordon Sykes


Born:



Died:




Career
1942-43 University of British Columbia (College) Freshmen
1945-46 University of British Columbia (College)
1945-46 Laurie's Pie-Rates (Independent)
1946-47 Ted Milton's Arrows - British Columbia (Independent)
1946-47 Vancouver Hornets (PCBL)

World War 2 veteran

Sykes left UBC in January of 1946.


Source:
The UByssey, January 29, 1946

Vince Stroyan

Vincent Blaze Stroyan


Born:
January 26, 1916
Valley, WA

Died:
April 9, 1988
Spokane, WA


Career
1937-38 Gonzaga University (College)
1938-39 Gonzaga University (College)
1939-40 Gonzaga University (College)
1946-47 Salem Trailblazer (PCBL)
1946-47 Spokane Orphans (PCBL)

Transferred from Salem to Spokane on January 3, 1947.


Source:

Don Stitt

Donald Virgil Stitt


Born:
June 9, 1915
La Grande, OR

Died:
June 18, 2007
Woodburn, OR


Career
1933-34 La Grande High School - (High School)
1934-35 La Grande High School - (High School)
1937-38 Signal Oil - Portland (Independent)
1938-39 Oregon State College (College)
1939-40 Oregon State College (College)
1940-41 Oregon State College (College)
1944-45 Airbrake Bearcats (Military)
1946-47 Salem Trailblazers (PCBL)
1946-47 Bellingham Fircrests (PCBL)
1947-48 Portland Indians (PCBL)

Born to Charles and Annie Stitt, Don played basketball, football and ran track in high school before heading off to Oregon State. He played basketball while stationed in England during World War 2, and played in the Pacific Coast Basketball League after returning after the war. Initially signing with Salem, he was sold to the Bellingham Fircrests on December 22, 1946. He played for Portland in the next season, the last season of the league.
Don continued competing in athletic endeavors, picking up tennis and still competing in track events into his golden years.

Don's brother Al Stitt also played in the Pacific League. Sadly, Donald, Al, and a third brother, Daniel, all died within a few months of each other in 2007.

Source:
Statesman Journal, June 23, 2007