Lester Holtmeyer

Les Holtmeyer was born on July 5, 1924 in Washington, MO and was a Deputy Finance and Accounting Officer for the Department of the Army. It was his military background that led him to play for the 1945 Ft. Lewis Pacific Northwest All-Service Softball Championship team and he was selected to the All-State Regional team that same years as well as four other All-State teams during his career.

Les, who not only played catcher but was also versatile enough to excel in both the infield and outfield, was also a member of the 1945 Todd-Pacific Stores Machinists Softball Team—the State and Northwest Regional softball champions. This was the first team from Tacoma to qualify for a National Fastpitch Tournament and the club competed in Cleveland, Ohio where they finished third.

Les was a member of three other regional championship teams that qualified for the national tournament and they included: 1946 in Clearwater, Florida; 1952 in Bridgeport, Connecticut with the Irwin-Jones Dodgers team; and again with the Irwin-Jones Dodgers team in 1952 in Miami, Florida.

Holtmeyer was the catcher for Eddie Feigner briefly in 1946 as a member of the famous "King and His Court" and on May 6, 1990 Les was inducted into the Tacoma-Pierce County Baseball-Softball Oldtimers Hall of Fame.