Roger Peck

Roger Peck was born in Baltimore and played baseball back east in the Blue Ridge and International leagues prior to moving to Tacoma shortly after the end of World War I.

He became the athletic director at the College of Puget Sound and also played on and managed several semi-professional baseball teams in the area. He was business manager for Tacoma's entry in the Pacific International League in 1922. Nearly two decades after coming west, Peck played a major role in the formation of the professional Class B Western International League. The WIL started in 1937 and Peck, one of the founders, served as the organization's first president. He also served as president and owner of the WIL's Tacoma Tigers.

Many a youngster learned the game of baseball on Peck Field, named after this man who helped Metro Parks in its creation. He also financed the installation of lights at Peck Field, ranking it among the best, if not the best, softball complexes in the state.

Peck owned the Consumers Central Heating Company, a private power company that provided steam heat to downtown Tacoma buildings. He also once owned Meadow Park Golf Course and was an outstanding golfer in his own right, winning several regional titles.

Roger Wells Peck died in 1977 at the age of 81.