Mariners broadcaster Mike Blowers was officially inducted into the Washington State American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday night during a banquet at the Clearwater Casino.
Blowers was one of 10 people honored by the Legion. They included long-time Legion coaches and star players, as well as Major Leaguer Grady Sizemore, an Everett native, and University of Washington alum and former NFLer Jake Locker.
Blowers, who was a stand-out shortstop in high school, played for the VFW Post 91 American Legion Baseball team in Pierce County.
“It’s a Great Honor be here and a part of the 90 year history of American Legion Baseball,” said Blowers. “To think of all the people that played American Legion Baseball this is really special to be recognized by them.”
Blowers went on to star at Tacoma Community College and the University of Washington, where he was PAC-10 North Division Triple Crown winner, and an 11 year Major League career. Mike is entering his 10th year as a member of the Mariners broadcast crew.
Other American Legion Hall of Fame inductees are:
Colin Curtis — Starred in America Legion Baseball with Lakeside Recovery, High School baseball star at Issaquah High School, Arizona State University and played 31 games with the New York Yankees (Outfielder) in 2010.
Ron Jackson — Longtime Legion Baseball Coach in Spokane area.
Randy Jorgensen — Played High School Baseball (Meadowdale) and American Legion Baseball, Baseball at UW ’92 & ’93, seven years in the Mariners organization (including with Bellingham in ’93 and Tacoma ’98).
Larry Libby — Longtime American Legion Baseball Umpire in the Skagit and Snohomish County area.
Jake Locker — American Legion, High School and Summer League Baseball Player. Starred in football at the University of Washington, First Round Pick (8th Overall) of Tennessee Titans in 2011. Played for Titans 2011-2014 before announcing retirement in 2015.
Donnie Marbut — Played American Legion Baseball, Aberdeen High School, Edmonds Community College and Portland State Baseball. 11-year WSU Head Baseball Coach (2005-2015).
Bill McCutchin — Longtime Legion Coach in the Mt. Vernon/Skagit County area.
Leonard Pyne — Star American Legion Baseball player in Spokane area in 1940. Played at Central Valley High School and University of Idaho. Taught and coached baseball at Columbia Basin College for 30 years, Inducted into NWAC Hall of Fame in 1990.
Grady Sizemore — Star Football and Baseball player at Cascade High School in Everett. Played American Legion Baseball. Was going to play football (RB) for the University of Washington until drafted by Montreal Expos in the 3rd Round of 2000 Draft. Chose baseball and played in the Major Leagues with Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia (2015) and Tampa Bay (2015).