Pete Sabutis

Pete Sabutis was the premier pitcher in Tacoma and Pierce County from the late 1930s to the mid-1950s, and the southpaw star of K Street's perennial City, Valley and Sunset League champions rarely suffered defeat.

Born in Tacoma on November 30, 1918. His brother was Tony Lamar, a heavyweight boxer from Tacoma. He spent time as a fireman for the City of Tacoma in 1946 and his ambition once was to be a commercial artist. He eventually worked as a foreman for the Northwestern Drug Company which was owned by Fred Osmers, a standout basketball and handball player in the 20's and 30's. Subsequently, Pete ranked as a top handball player in Tacoma as well.

He was a PFC in the Army and served from April 3, 1941 until May 16, 1945. He was overseas for 37 months and in the battles of Hollandia, Biak and Zambaanaga. He is a wearer of the Purple Heart.

Sabutis graduated from the sand lots of Pierce County to take the mound in 1947 with the Tacoma Tigers of the Western International League during a time when baseball fever was at a high pitch locally. Teams in the semi-pro ranks included high school and college stars, and many semi-pro and former professional players, and the competition was fierce.

A lefty with a dazzling curve, Sabutis starred in every appearance. The K Street nine competed in the Valley League under the name of Phil's of Edgewood (most teams represented communities from Morton to Gig Harbor) but the pitching poison was always the same, a lefty named Sabutis. The team also competed under the banner of Olde Pilsner, Cammarano Brothers, and Madigan Hospital, the Valley and Sunset League Champions.

Records weren't kept very well during that era but veterans who played in those leagues will tell you that Pete authored his share of one, two and three-hitters with regularity. He no doubt had a no-hitter or two as well. If your team was facing the "K Street" aggregation, and Sabutis was on the hill, there was almost no chance.