Tacoma sports icon Stan Naccarato passed away Wednesday, May 25. He was 88 years old.
Naccarato was born in Tacoma in 1928 and graduated from Clover Park High School in 1946. By graduation he had already been playing semi-professional baseball for four years. He was soon signed by the Cincinnati Reds as a pitcher for the Ogden Reds in the Pioneer League where he compiled an impressive 33-10 record in three seasons before hanging up his glove due to a shoulder injury.
Naccarato’s early involvement with youth baseball branched out to nearly every corner of Tacoma athletics. He was a two-time chairman of the Tacoma Athletic Commission and a commissioner and chairman governing boxing and wrestling. He was the master of ceremonies and chairman of the Tacoma Golden Gloves tournaments for several decades. For 20 years, Naccarato was president and general manager of the Tacoma Twins, Yankees, Tugs and Tigers, winning several national awards along the way. He was also one of the leading figures that brought about the voter approval and construction of the Tacoma Dome.
“Stan was a wonderful friend and mentor, a leader of not only this organization for decades, but for the entire city,” Tacoma Rainiers team president Aaron Artman said. “He loved Tacoma maybe even more than he loved the Rainiers. We will honor him for the remainder of the 2016 season and remember the impact that he had on this city and this franchise forever.”