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
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.
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.
O’Neill mainly played softball for several teams in Kitsap from 1935 to 1958. He was the manager of the Outlaws that took third at the 1958 ISL World Tournament in Long Beach, California.
Bouchard was a natural athlete all the way through his life. He played catcher for the Bremerton Cruisers and excelled as a fielder and as a hitter. He won numerous titles as a softball player and worked as a referee and an umpire. Bouchard even got married at home plate at Roosevelt Field before a Cruisers game in 1939.
Atkinson and his wife, Anna Jo, were owners of Nygard’s Superette and one of the top sponsors of softball teams during the 60s. Their team won many city titles and won districts six times. They took second in state twice.
Clarke played for nearly every major fastpitch team in Bremerton and was a two time all-state selection. He also played semi-pro baseball in Seattle.