Mildred (Cooper) Barhan

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Barhan played tennis for Bremerton High School and softball for Burnett’s Jewlers at the same time. She continued with the team as they became the Bremerton Greenjackets and was a three time all-state selection and a four time all-regional selection. She played in four national tournaments.

Andy Anderson

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After a stellar prep career at Silverdale High School, Anderson signed with the St. Louis Browns in 1940. He played for a couple minor league teams before he joined the Army and was sent to fight in the European Theater during World War II. He was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and held prisoner until 1945. Anderson recovered to play for AAA San Antonio and then with the Browns, but the severe frostbite he got in his toes during his time as a POW ended his career after two years and just 122 games with the Browns. He died in 1982 at 59 years old.

Burt Middendorf

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Middendorf, a graduate of Ballard High School, was a standout pitcher for many years. He pitched for the Bremerton Cruisers, hitting a walkoff home run in his first game for them and in another game he hurled a no hitter while striking out 20. Middendorf also pitched for the AAA Los Angeles Angels and the Yakima Indians among other semipro teams. He died of a heart attack in 2004 at 93 years old.

Vaughn Stoffel

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Stoffel was a four sport standout at Bremerton High School and a multiple time letterman at the College of Puget Sound. He turned down a tryout with the Chicago Cubs to work at the shipyard and he played semi-pro ball, including a few years with the Bremerton Cruisers. Stoffel was also a umpire and a referee.

Steve Devery

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Devery was a longtime umpire, then switched over to coach girls’ fastpitch and coached the woman’s fastpitch team at Olympic College for a time. A World War II veteran, he worked for the Bremerton Police Department, serving as chief of police for a time. Devery died in 2012. He was 89 years old.

Art Mikelsen

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Mikelsen was the first volunteer in Little League history to serve for over 50 years, as he worked as the District 2 administrator from 1950, when at the time he started just the third Little League program in the state, to 2008, when he stepped down. He was honored by Little League with their distinguished service award in 2011 and both Little League fields in Port Orchard are named after him, along with numerous other awards. Mikelsen died in 2014 at 90 years old.

Kitsap Little League pioneer Art Mikelsen dies

Ben Murray

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Murray played 32 years of softball, starting when he was a bat boy with the East Bremerton Improvement Club in 1936. He eventually made his debut at just 12 years old and also won an American Legion state title in 1944. Over his career Murray was a four time all-state selection and a five time state and invitational tournament MVP. He was also named to the all-star team at the 1958 ISL World tournament in Long Beach, California.

Hal Dodeward

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Dodeward was a standout all-around athlete for South Kitsap and was on the 1950 basketball team that shocked the state with their run toward a state title. He signed with the Cleveland Indians and played for several teams in their organization, making it as far as AAA (and was on the field when Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver, then his teammate, made his debut as a manager) before leaving for military duty. He later coached and taught in the Yakima School District before retiring.