Sponsor Recognition - Malcom Soine & Soine's Shoes
MALCOLM SOINE - SOINE'S SHOES
Often the unsung hero in Pierce County slowpitch and fastpitch leagues are the team sponsors, because without their financial backing, many aspiring players wouldn't have the opportunity to play. Malcolm Soine, president of Soine's Shoes, Inc. has been one of those unsung heroes as a major sponsor of local softball teams.
Soine provided financial backing for many teams for more than three decades starting in 1961, and even today his company sponsors the Tacoma Longshoremen's bowling team. From 1961-76, Malcolm served as both sponsor and coach of girl's fastpitch teams, all of which won at least one league title. Several were multiple-time champions.
He started with the Trinity Lutheran Lassies from 1961-62, and he led that team to the league championship in 1962. That team was formed in 1961 by a new worker in the parish, and Soine's first-born daughter, Lynn, was a team member. Soine helped develop the team, and that year his shoe store first provided financial support to the program.
From 1963-69 he sponsored Soine's Sockers, who won the Senior League title in 1969. His second Sockers team, playing in 1969-70, won the Junior League title in 1970. There was a three-year run of Senior League championships for the Soine's Loafers from 1970-72, and from 1969-76 he sponsored and coached Soine's Sneakers, which won the Fillies title in 1972 and the Junior League crown in 1974.
All of the above-mentioned teams were able, through Soine's support, to participate in a large number of invitational tournaments locally and throughout the region.
Later, he sponsored Red Wing Shoes in the Lidford Athletic Association from 1983-92.
Fastpitch wasn't the only sport to benefit from Malcolm's generosity, however, as he also sponsored teams in women's slowpitch (Soine's Shoes 1973-75), girls basketball (Soine's Loafers 1970-72, including a league title in 1972), boys baseball (Red Wing Shoes 1980-88), men's 6-foot-and-under basketball (Red Wing Shoes 1980-81), and men's 30-and-up soccer (Red Wing Shoes 1983-85).
1971 SOINE'S LOAFERS-PIERCE COUNTY PARKS SENIOR LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
Front row l. to r.: Mary Jo Harvey, Peggy DeVany, Linda Kays, Bonnie Ando, Gwen Soine, and Deby Van Ohlen.
1972 SOINE'S SNEAKERS-PIERCE COUNTY PARKS FILLE LEAGUE AMERICAN CHAMPIONS
Front row l. to r.: Kathy Tuttle, Debbie Eager, Christie Cinotto, Debbie Bush, Deanne Jay, and Shandi Palmer.
*******1972 SOINE'S LOAFERS-PIERCE COUNTY PARKS SENIOR LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
Front row l. to r.: Debbie Denney, Gwen Soine, Bonnie Ando, Peggy DeVany, Linda Kays, and Sue Jay.
1974 SOINE'S SNEAKERS-PIERCE COUNTY PARKS JUNIOR LEAGUE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
Front row l. to r.: Lori Bush, Unknown, Shandi Palmer, Debbie Gore, Christie Cinotto, Jayne Soine, Unknown, and Debbie Bush.
1962 TRINITY LUTHERAN LASSIES SPONSORED BY SOINE'S SHOES
The Trinity Lutheran team was formed in 1961 by a new parish worked at the church and Lynn Soine played on this team, the first of five Soine children to become involved in organized summer sports. Mal offered to help and by mid-season Soine's Shoes was lending financial support and in 1962 Malcolm coached the team to the Lassie League championship. From 1963 thru the mid-70's, Malcolm coached or sponsored teams through the store.
As for the Trinity Lutheran Lassies, player Molly Stuen remembers that "He provided us all with fancy gold tennis shoes, hauled us around in the back of his station wagon, stopped at some drive-in for ice cream after the games, and was a great coach whom we simply called Mr. Soine!"
Front row l. to r.: Linda Lucas, Cathy Wiitala, Robin Buck, Danielle Hart and Lynne Soine.