Otto Balmer

Otto Balmer was a standout baseball player and coach in the South Puget Sound region. Born Dec. 30, 1930, in Orting, he pitched and played shortstop at Orting High School prior to graduating in 1949. He spent one year at Seattle University and played for Wiesbaden AFB, as well as Orting, Spanaway and South Prairie in the Valley League. Some of his teammates included Walt Bisig, Jack Voss, Chuck Cotter and Jack Wilkins

Balmer coached St. Regis to the Connie Mack State Tournament in 1966 and headed up the Northwest Showman in the Colt League from 1975-79. His squad won the first annual 16-under Boys Baseball Tournament. He also coached Puyallup in the American Legion in 1981.

While at Orting, Balmer also starred on the basketball court. He earned first-team All-Pierce County League honors in 1948 and 1949 and honorable mention All-State in the 1949 Class B Tournament.