Born in Everett in 1938, George Grant was an outstanding baseball and basketball player at Stadium High School and the University of Washington.
At Stadium High, George was an all-state shortstop for coach Marv Scott and turned down a professional contract with Philadelphia to play at the UW. He played shortstop for the Huskies from 1957-60, serving as the team captain in both his junior and senior seasons and earning all-conference honors. During the summer months, George played shortstop for the Cheney Studs, one of the semi-pro baseball regional powerhouses. In 1956, the Studs were eliminated from post-season play, and the Stanley Shoemen picked up George for their run to the amateur baseball national championship.
As a member of the Studs, George played in three more amateur baseball national title games, winning in 1960 and finishing as runner-up in 1955 and 1959. In all, he played in six national amateur baseball tournaments.
George stuck with baseball in his post-college years, spending three seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization before going back to semi-pro ball with the Cheney Studs, for whom he played from 1963-73.
As a basketball player, George earned all-state honors at Stadium High and was a team captain for two seasons at the University of Washington. Later, he was MVP of the Cheney Studs national championship amateur basketball team.
George, a three-time MVP on five-time master’s slowpitch national champion Emerald City, was selected among the Top 100 Athletes of the Century in Pierce County and as one of the century’s top baseball players at the UW.