Harry Nygard

Born May 10, 1928 in Rochester, WA, Harry moved to Tacoma in 1940 and was co-captain of the Stadium High School baseball team for two seasons. Upon graduation in January of 1947 he was immediately signed by the Tacoma Tigers of the Western International League: Harry also played for such teams as El Centro, the Medford Dodgers, Boise Pilots, and Idaho Falls and was named starting pitcher for the Pioneer All-Star game in 1949. His last professional team was the Vancouver Capilanos in 1950.

His career highlight was in 1946 when Stadium played for the State title in Walla Walla. Harry pitched Stadium to a victory on a Tuesday night to earn a spot in the State tournament and then followed that by pitching consecutive nights on Friday and Saturday in the state competition. On Friday Harry blanked the Bellingham entry, 14-0, while striking out 16 in a complete game shutout to get the Tigers into the finals. He then hurled his second 9-inning shutout the following day while whiffing 17 in a 4-0 win over John Rogers High School of Spokane for the State Championship tittle. Unfortunately this excess throwing caused arm problems and was the reason for his eventual quitting of baseball at an early age.

HARRY NYGARD

Stadium High School

1946 State Baseball Champions

Pitching Records for the 1946 Season

 

ERA was 0.214 runs per game

 

Averaged 13.4 K's per game

 

SCHEDULE

HITS

IP

ER

Ks

Stadium 14, Sumner 1

0

3

0

7

Bremerton 2, Stadium 1 4 9 1 15
Stadium 13, Bellingham 0 1 6 0 14
Bellingham 2, Stadium 0 2 7 1 10
Stadium 14, Lincoln 1 4 9 0 14
Stadium 5, Seattle Prep 0 2 7 0 9
Stadium 2, Everett 1 2 7 0 14
Stadium 13, Bellarmine 0 8 9 0 14
Stadium 2, Renton 1 3 9 0 17
Stadium 14, Bellingham 0 8 9 0 16
Stadium 4, Spokane 0 4 9 0 17
 
TOTALS    11 Games 38 84 2 147
         

 

Runs Scored 82

   
 

Runs Against 8

   

 
 

Front row l. to r.: Bob Joratz, Pete Tedeschi, Phil Dupuis, Stan Gilson and Harry Nygard.

Middle row l. to r.: Gil Neumann, Marion Moake, Earl Kuper, Pete Sabutis, Cliff Schiesz, Jack Hjelmaa and Neil Clifford

Back row l. to r.: Eddie Miller, Steve Grassi, Julian Morgan, Cy Greenlaw, Bob Spangler, Cleve Ramsey, Dick Greco, Fred Rickert, manager Red Harvel and Enoch Alexson.

NOTE: Players from Tacoma-Pierce County in this photo included Harry Nygard, Earl Kuper, Pete Sabutis, Cliff Schiesz, Steve Grassi, Cy Greenlaw, Dick Greco and Fred Rickert.