Bill Ahern

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Ahern was a longtime baseball standout. He was a top flight pitcher at Vaughn High School, then pitched for the Bremerton Bluejackets after he served with the Army and Navy. Ahern played with a shipyard team, owned a bowling alley in Gig Harbor and did a lot of work with local youths before he died in 1961.

Harland Beery

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Beery was a longtime writer for the Kitsap Sun and several other papers. He was also involved in numerous organizations, including the Kitsap County Athletic Roundtable, the state and national commissioner of the Casey Stengel semipro league, the commissioner of the NorPac Baseball League, the secretary of the Seattle Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America and was the first official scorer of the Seattle Mariners when the team came to town in 1977.

Beery’s worn a lot of hats in his career

Don (Lefty) Orwiler

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Orwiler was already pitching for a semipro team before he graduated from Central Kitsap in 1948. He impressed scouts at a tryout camp in Utah, but he got his draft notice from the Army the same day he got a contract from the St. Louis Browns. Orwiler pitched while he was in the military and played for teams from Kansas and Montana to teams in Columbia, Venezuela, Mexico and Canada. He retired in 1958, turning down a player/pitching coach contract from the Washington Senators to get married and coach Pee Wee baseball.

Don Krick

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Krick, a graduate of West High, was a big time sponsor and supporter of local sports. Thanks to his success in his business efforts, he sponsored two fastpitch teams, was president of the North Perry Pee Wees and the Bremerton Girls Softball Association and also started a fastpitch clinic and was key in organizing AAU basketball for girls. Krick died in 1993.

Dick Stuart

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Stuart was a two time American Legion state champion, a state fastpitch champion and was named to the all-tournament team and several traveling all-star teams. He also started two different funding drives to help get lights at the old Erlands Point Pee Wee field, then the funds to build Chico Field. Stuart also coached Pee Wee football.