Earl Luebker

Photo courtesy of The News Tribune

Photo courtesy of The News Tribune

Earl Luebker spent 37 years in a variety of sports writing and editing positions at the Tacoma News Tribune. He covered baseball from local high schools and colleges up to the Tacoma Giants, Seattle Pilots and Mariners.

Born in Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 5, 1923, Luebker found his way to Tacoma after graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1948. Earl first wrote about Pacific Lutheran when the athletic teams were the Knights, and closely followed the school throughout its nickname change to Lutes. His coverage kept the school's athletic teams on the local and regional sports pages throughout his career at the Trib.

Luebker also covered the Tacoma Rockers hockey team in the 40s and 50s, UPS, the Seattle Seahawks, Sonics, Seattle Sounders soccer, Tacoma Stars, the Goodwill Games, Olympic Games and the NCAA Final Four.

Jill and Earl Luebker
He worked through the ranks, becoming the associate sports editor and later the sports editor in the 1980s. He retired from the Tacoma News Tribune in 1983.

Leubker was a recipient of the Jim Murray Sports Writer Award, named after the famed Los Angeles Times columnist; was Washington State Sports Writer of the Year in 1974; was inducted into the Pacific Lutheran University Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

Earl passed away in April 2002.