case 'Jesse Baker':
2004 Hall of Fame Inductees BASEBALL
in the footsteps of his father, City League standout Bane Browse,
was a member of the 1941 Lincoln High School
team that won the league crown and the “mythical” state championship
team. In the playoffs at Athletic Park in Tacoma, Browse helped
Lincoln to a 4-0 win over Walla Walla and an 8-2 victory over
Bellingham. The team finished the season with 28 wins in 32 games.
Teammate Ed Bemis said, “Dick was a helluva hitter for us. He played
the outfield and always batted in the top three spots in the batting
order because he was a solid .300-plus hitter.” Browse went on to
success in the Tacoma City League. Playing for George Wise and the
South Tacoma team in 1949, Browse, a centerfielder, hit .415 to lead
his squad to the first half title. He was a member of the City
League All-Stars who lost an August 7, 1949 exhibition game to the
Kansas City Monarchs, coached by Hall of Famer “Cool Papa” Bell.