Skip Gillis (Baseball)

It has often been said that timing is everything, and that was certainly true for Skip Gillis, who parlayed a timely no-hitter into a scholarship to Washington State University.

Born on July 11, 1946 in Tacoma, Gillis played his baseball at Mt. Tahoma High School, from where he graduated in 1964. He earned the start in the City/County high school all-star game and threw a no-hitter. Washington State head coach Chuck "Bobo" Brayton was in the stands that day at the behest of Bob Maguinez, and Brayton signed Gillis that night to play for Washington State. Gillis' top collegiate accomplishment came when he beat then No.-1-ranked USC, 1-0.

Gillis later pitched for six years for the amateur Cheney Studs, commuting often to Seattle with players like Rick Austin, Ron Cey and Earl Hyder. Gillis played for the Cheney Studs team that finished third at the national tournament in Battle Creek, Mich.

Skip was also an outstanding slowpitch player and participated with perennial power Wested Tire and Foss Tire during the years of the highly competitive Western Washington League in Pierce County.

Gillis worked for the Tacoma School District for a total of 30 years, the first 13 as a teacher and the final 17 as a principal. He is now retired and lives in University Place.