Don Semmern

Don Semmern, born in 1929 in Tacoma, earned accolades in his hometown as a pitcher in baseball and a third baseman in fastpitch.

Semmern was a standout on the mound from 1945-47 at Stadium High School. He was a member of the 1946 Stadium team that won the mythical state championship by beating Spokane’s John Rogers High School. During the summer he also pitched for the Sportsman’s Club.

After graduating from Stadium in 1947, Semmern took his pitching act to the College of Puget Sound. There, he played varsity baseball from 1948-51, his highlight tossing a one-hitter (an infield single) against Pacific Lutheran College in his final college game.

A longtime resident of Richland, Don played third base for Kennewick Auto from 1952-69 in the  local fastpitch leagues. His son-in-law is Jim Van Wyck, former Tacoma Twins baseball team member from 1973-77 who is now a producer and assistant director in Los Angeles, with the “The Babe”, “Lethal Weapon 4”, and “Free Willy” among several motion pictures to his credit.