case 'Jesse Baker':
"Pete" Guthrie had one of the longest stretches of success you’ll
ever see in fastpitch softball. He played 35 years, from 1958
through 1993, and was a dominant pitcher for a third of a century.
Pete averaged 20 wins per season and won better than 75 percent of the over 1300 games pitched. He started his career playing softball while serving in the Air Force and his team won the WDAF and 25th Air Division tournaments before finishing second in the ADC tournament as Pete pitched six games back-to-back, coming from the loser’s bracket to win the next four before losing in the finals, 2-1. Guthrie was the workhorse that season racking up 41 wins.
He played for numerous teams, including St.
Regis, McKinley Hill Merchants, Lutheran Merchants of Puyallup,
Manitou Fuel, Bud's Corner Tavern, the Cloverleaf Tavern and B & I
Guthrie's pitching success included a number of no-hitters and even more one-hitters. His teams won several city league championships and countless tournaments, garnering Guthrie multiple All-Star honors.
When he wasn't pitching he played outfield and designated hitter and steadily contributed in the batter's box. A little known fact was that Guthrie was blinded in his left eye in 1960 yet he was still a threat at the plate. And, in 1963 he cut a tendon in his pitching arm and but still re-learned how to throw a riseball, curve, drop and three different change-ups.
One of Pete's career highlights was striking out 22 batters in a seven-inning game and his favorite coach was Bill Potthoff, the pitching preacher.
An engraver and pressman foreman professionally, Pete was born May 28, 1939 in Cumberland, MD and passed away on January 22, 2015 in Tacoma, WA.
Front row l. to r.: Al Macoy, Kim Kenyon, Chuck Ellis, Jim Kenyon, Tom Kenyon, Ron Vandegrift, Jim Bauer, and Bill Potthoff.
Back row l. to r.: Cleon Tungsvik, Jay Huston, Pete Guthrie, Skip Weaver, John Reines, Ken Bauer, and Keith Bauer.
Missing: Sponsor Burt Anderson.