Clover Park High School’s Rick Fox (left, above) and Lakes High School’s Joe Keller were inducted into the Tacoma-Pierce County Old-Timers Baseball-Softball Association Sports Hall of Fame May 3 at the Tacoma Elks Club.
Fox graduated from Bellarmine High School in 1971 and has been a coach and game official ever since. He began umpiring baseball in 1982 and has called high school state championship games, college ball and several tournaments. Fox was named Umpire of the Year by the Washington Officials Association in 2005 and has also refereed basketball for more than 30 years, including five state tournaments and two championship games. He currently works in the special education Success Program at Clover Park High School and is an assistant football coach at Lakes High School.
Keller played baseball and football for Clover Park High School in the early 70s. He pitched a no-hitter against Wilson High School his junior year and a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts against Newport High School. Keller was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate, before injuries ended his career. Since that time, he has coached baseball and football at Curtis and Lakes High Schools earning league honors and participating in state tournaments and playoffs.
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