MIKE BLOWERS — Baseball
From the Spanaway sandlots to Yankee Stadium, Mike Blowers spent nearly a decade in the major leagues with four clubs. Drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 1986 amateur draft, the Bethel High School and University of Washington graduate, Blowers made his debut with New York in 1989 and spent two years with the Yankees before joining the Mariners in 1992. His most memorable season was 1995 with the â€œMiracle M’s. Mike later played with the Dodgers and Oakland A’s, retiring with Seattle in 1999.
JOHN CHAPLIN – Coach (Track & Field)
Heralded as one of the nation’s top track and field coaches. During his 21 years as the Cougar’s head coach, he guided WSU to five straight undefeated dual meet seasons 1981-85. His 1977 indoor team won the NCAA title, the first and only official NCAA title in the school’s history. His Cougar teams won 202 of 217 dual meets, a near perfect winning percentage of .931. Coached 73 All-America performers at WSU. Head Coach of the U.S. Olympic team at the 2000 Olympiad.
DORIS SEVERTSON BROWN HERITAGE — Track & Field
One of the premier distance runners in the U.S. track and field history, Doris’ sparkling credentials include national records in the 440 and 880 runs in 1959, a member of the 1968 and 1972 Olympic team’s 880 and 1500 runs, and a five-time USA and World Cross Country champion from 1967-1971. Her coaching record at Seattle Pacific is equally impressive. Her track career established her as one of the state’s outstanding female athletes.
EDO VANNI — Baseball
Edo Vanni became the heart and soul of Seattle baseball although he never played in the majors because of service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Noted for his firebrand style in the glory days of the Rainiers at Sick’s Stadium, Edo did it all. He was King of the Hill during his playing days, he managed the Rainiers, and worked in the front office with the Seattle Pilots, the city’s first American League franchise in 1969. Forget Edo Vanni? In Seattle that would be like forgetting baseball!