Dale Bloom

Lincoln High School produced its share of great pitchers during the middle of the 20th century, and there can be little argument that Dale Bloom was among the best.

Born September 23, 1931 in Tacoma, Dale was a tall right-handed pitcher for the powerhouse Lincoln teams of 1948 and 1949. Dale was one two players (fellow pitcher Rance Rolfe was the other) who signed professional baseball contracts, and a large handful of other players from those teams went on to star at the college level. Dale helped the Abes win two straight Cross-State League titles.

During the summer of 1949, while still in high school, Dale was recruited by Hal Schimling, manager and catcher, of the Old Pilsner team which included "Indian" Bob Johnson on the team, a star outfielder for the Philadelphia A's in the 30s. Fresh out of Lincoln High School in 1950, Dpitched for South Tacoma in the City League, helping lead the team to the league crown. He also refined his craft and drew the eye of professional scouts. As a result, he signed with Detroit and pitched in the Tigers' farm system from 1951-53 in Jamestown, N.Y., Davenport, Iowa, and Wausau, Wisconsin . After leaving the professional ranks, Dale played baseball for the Tri-City Braves of the Western International League in from 1953-55.

Bloom then made his way back to Tacoma and helped lead the Stanley Shoemen to the American Amateur Baseball Congress national championship in 1956, the first Washington entry to win the the national crown. Stanley's won their final 13 games and Dale pitched the state, regional and national championship deciding victories during the Shoemen's incredible trip to the trophy.

Dale pitched for the Cheney Studs from 1957-59, and was added to the Woodworth Contractor's roster for postseason play in 1958 when that club finished second at the AABC tournament. Bloom finished his competitive baseball career in 1960 as player-manager for Criswell's, which won the Tacoma League title.

Dale kept his hand in local sports, officiating high school football and basketball and college basketball for 26 years. He started in 1955 with good friend, Jack Johnson, and refereed five Class A state basketball tournaments, five Class B state basketball tournaments and seven 3A state tournaments.

Bloom has four children, all whom enjoy golf and learned to caddie from their dad, a longtime member of the Fircrest Golf Club. They include Russ, Mike, Bryan and Kristy.