STATE OF WASHINGTON
SPORTS HALL OF FAME
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An outstanding athlete during his high school and college
days, the one-time track and football star earned immortality with his
leadership of the Washington State Horse Breeders Association. A strong
advocate of thoroughbred racing in the state.
supporter of youth and adult athletics. His sponsorship of
numerous sports teams in the State enabled thousands of
individuals to participate in their favorite sport. Baseball
was his passion. He was instrumental in bringing back the
Pacific Coast League to Tacoma in 1960. Cheney Stadium is
named in recognition of his efforts. His other baseball
connections include part ownership of the San Francisco
Giants of the National League and sponsorship of the famous
Cheney Studs semi-pro national champions.
Football captain at Brown University...Real estate genius...Race track builder. Founder of Longacres, he is the one individual
most responsible for the growth of racing and thoroughbred breeding in the
state of Washington.
master of sports promotion, he established a brilliant
career in the athletic field. A promising pro prospect as a
pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds farm system, an arm injury
ended his playing days. However, he later excelled as the
General Manager of the Tacoma Pacific Coast League team,
winning several national honors over two decades of service.
His many other athletic accomplishments include his
long-time tenure as a State Boxing Commissioner.
Long identified as one of the
prime movers in the development of both pro and amateur athletics in the
state. He was a strong booster of University of Washington athletics and he
played a prominent role in the success of Seattle's Pacific Coast League
teams of the 1930s and 1940s.
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