Bryce Lilly

Bryce Lilly was a man of tremendous strength, and it carried out in sports and in the military. A right-handed pitcher and left-handed-batting outfielder, he graduated from Lincoln High School in 1939 and played for Johnson Paint in the City League and Cammarano Bros. in the Industrial League that same year.

Lilly joined the Army and became a stellar boxer, winning most fights by knockout with the same left hook he used as a left-handed batter. He took batting practice with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1940.

Lilly spent time as a prisoner of war in the Philippines during World War II and survived the Bataan Death March in 1942, a distance of 60 to 69.6 (exact distance unknown according to several sources). He enrolled at University of Washington after returning from the war and graduated in 1950. UW coach Art McLarney said Lilly had the hardest swing of anyone he'd seen swing a bat. Lilly went on to help open the first men's/women's weight lifting gym in the Northwest.