Whitworth College’s Baseball NAIA Championship Victory, 1960

Willie Stargell of the Pittsburg Pirates once said, “When you start the game, they don’t say ‘Work ball!’ They say ‘Play ball!’” And for the 1960 Whitworth College baseball team, play ball they did! The baseball team won against all odds in the NAIA conference in Sioux City, Iowa after a stunning season at home to become the first four year college in Spokane to compete in the tournament and win the title. Continue Reading

Fact or Fiction: The Original Gonzaga Mascot was “The Fighting Irish”

By Stephanie Plowman Above, Gonzaga University’s first official live mascot, “Teddy Gonzaga,” a Boston bull terrier who debuted in 1921. Photo courtesy of the Gonzaga University Archives. When the Spokane community hears the name “Spike,” most will recognize him as the costumed bulldog mascot of Continue Reading

Where is Coulee City? A Geographical Error Almost Loses A Bet

By Del Muse Above, the “renamed” Boots & Saddle Club basketball team, comprised mainly of former Central Valley High School standouts. Photo courtesy of Del Muse. When I was a first year teacher at Central Valley High School in 1950, my high school buddy Chuck Continue Reading

Dear Old Nat: When Baseball Was King

By Marla Hyder and Donald Johnson, an abridged excerpt from Dear Old Nat: Spokane’s Playground Above, the professional Spokane Baseball Club incorporated and joined Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland to form the Pacific Northwest League. Though the “Spokanes” lost their first game in eleven innings to Continue Reading