JOHN HEINRICK – Coach
Never a physical giant as a player, John Heinrick found his niche in coaching football, basketball and baseball in high school and college ranks and enjoyed a 51-year career as a coach and athletic director. As a result, it came as no surprise when he was chosen to membership in the Helms National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.
BOB HOUBREGS – Basketball
One of the University of Washington’s all-time basketball greats, Bob Houbregs achieved All-American recognition in 1953, when he averaged 25.6 points per game. He scored 1,774 points in his four-year career as a Husky. He competed for six seasons in the NBA and later became a top NBA front office official.
HARLAND SVARE – Football
A Washington State product, he was a standout linebacker through eight seasons with the New York Giants, then served six seasons as an assistant coach before becoming a head coach in the NFL. One of Kitsap County’s sports greats.
EARL TORGESON – Baseball
When Earl Torgeson returned from the U.S. Army after World War II, the Snohomish High grad joined the Seattle Rainiers. A year later, he started a 15-year Major League career. Playing for the Boston Braves in 1950, Torgeson led the National League in runs with 120. In an era where the stolen base was not common, Torgeson was known for his speed. Unusual for a first baseman, he stole 20 bases in 1951.
He was a regular starter at first base for the first nine years of his career, then a role player of the bench and eventually a Major League coach. He had a lifetime .265 batting average with 149 home runs, 740 RBI for five teams from 1947 to 1961. He has seven hits in 18 at bats in the 1948 World Series for the Boston Braves and played in the 1959 World Series for the Chicago White Sox.