Ken Higdon

Tipping The Cap

Ken “Higgy” Higdon was born Feb. 26, 1963, and graduated from Wilson High School in 1981. He began his baseball career at the age of 15, working as a batboy for the Tacoma Yankees and later the Tacoma Tugs of the Pacific Coast League. Both clubs were Triple A affiliates of the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians, respectively.

Higgy eventually moved into the role of Clubhouse Manager for the Tacoma Tigers, the Oakland A’s Triple A team. In all, he spent almost 10 years at Cheney Stadium gaining valuable knowledge and experience in running a professional baseball clubhouse.

In 1983, Higgy was afforded the opportunity to go to Arizona for Winter and Spring ball to assist in the clubhouses for the Dodgers and Oakland organizations. In 1987, he left Tacoma for a fulltime position as Equipment Manager for the California Angels’ Minor League complex in Mesa, AZ.

Seven years later, Higgy was called up to the big leagues in Anaheim. He served as the Clubhouse and Equipment Manager for the Angels, working endless hours and giving his heart for the organization from 1994 until his retirement in 2009. During his time in Anaheim, the Angels made six postseason appearances and won the 2002 World Series, for which Higgy received a ring.

Upon retirement, Ken and his wife Sabrina moved to Sandpoint, Idaho. Throughout his life, Ken was an ambassador for baseball to kids getting their start in the game. A diligent worker and fiercely loyal friend, he continuously gave his time and resources to help organizations that supported the sport.

Ken unexpectedly passed away on January 4, 2017 following a routine surgery.