Nelson R. Hong left a permanent mark on the South Sound sports scene through the medium of print journalism. Hong joined The News Tribune’s staff in 1924 and served as sports editor for the paper from 1930 to 1937.
Born March 12, 1902, Hong was the child of a Pacific Lutheran College faculty member and grew up in the Parkland area. He attended the Parkland Parochial School, Pacific Lutheran Academy, Lincoln High School and the College of Puget Sound before joining the Tribune.
Hong lived in the Tacoma area for almost his entire life, contributing greatly to the local sports scene. He assisted in the re-organizing of Tacoma’s City Baseball league during the 1930s, served as the first secretary of the Western International League in 1937 and worked as business manager of the Tacoma Tigers during the 1938 and ’39 seasons.
During the later years of his life, Hong involved himself in Republican political circles and served in various roles with the Washington Travel bureau, the Olympic Ice company and the South Tacoma Boys Club.
Hong passed away in 1951 at the age of 49 years after dealing with health issues for some time.