Carlos Canty (Slowpitch Softball)

A speedster who turned away from track & field when he signed his first professional baseball contract in 1964, Carlos Canty eventually became one of this city's finest slowpitch softball players.

Canty was born on Sept. 20, 1944, in Baton Rouge, La. He moved to the nation's heartland, Junction City, Kan., where in 1962 he set the Junction City High School 220-yard dash record at 21.3. That record stands to this day, and it also earned him a track & field scholarship to Kansas State University, from where he eventually graduated in 1968.

Canty turned to baseball in 1964 and played three years in the Detroit Tigers' minor league system. He played mostly at the Class A and Class AA level, but eventually reached got as high as Class AAA before leaving the game.

After coming to the Pierce County area, Canty turned his athletic talents toward slowpitch softball, playing for such teams as Lucky Lager, Wested Tire, Tacoma Office Supply, Heidelberg and Dean's Tavern. An outfielder, he earned numerous all-tournament honors, with the capper coming while playing for Dean's Tavern in the Heidelberg Tournament. Canty led his team to six straight wins and the tournament championship, and also picked up the tournament's outstanding player award.

Canty, a WorkSource administrator for the State of Washington Employment Security Department, lives in Tacoma.