case 'Jesse Baker':
2004 Hall of Fame Inductees SLOW PITCH
Kreger traveled the world in his youth as a self-described Air Force
“brat.” When he came to live in the Puget Sound area, he began a
slowpitch softball career in which he had the world at his feet.
Kreger was born in Eatonville in January of1950. Before he returned
to his hometown for his senior year in high school in 1968, Kreger
and his family had lived in such countries as France and Greece.
Living overseas, “I never had the opportunities high school athletes
enjoyed stateside,” states Kreger. “Nevertheless, playing older
‘G.I.’s was invaluable in my athletic maturity.” As a softball
pitcher, Kreger was adept at pitching between his legs and behind
his back and notched two perfect games, almost impossible in the
game of slowpitch. Kreger could hit for average and power, leading
his Heidelberg team in home runs in 1976. That same season, he
helped Heidelberg win approximately 10 tournaments. Among the teams
to benefit from Kreger’s talents in the 1970s and 80s, besides
Heidelberg, were Dean’s Tavern, Hi Hat, Puyallup Eagles, Wested
Tire, Tacoma Slopitch and Palmer Construction. He earned tournament
all-star honors approximately 70 times and was selected as Most
Valuable Player in tournaments in which he played in five different
states – Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Wisconsin.