Lifelong Mariners fans with ties to the program hold watch party at their retirement home

Residents of the Lakeshore Seniors Community watched ALDS Game 2 surrounded by fellow fans and lots of baseball history.

RENTON, Wash. — Residents of the Lakeshore Seniors Community in Renton watched the Seattle Mariners playoff game two against the Astros surrounded by other fans and pieces of local baseball history.

Evelyn Wong said she was not just a fan, but the first president of the Seattle Mariners Women’s Club in the 1970s. Your fan foam finger is over 40 years old.

Game 2 of the ALDS was a great excuse to get together for hot dogs and fun.

It was a good excuse for resident Mary Ellen Stewart to dig up her memory book and some local newspapers that were over 100 years old. Her father was a multi-athlete at Sedro-Woolley High School and eventually focused on baseball, playing for a range of teams from Bellingham to Mount Vernon.

“[He played in] all local areas until he was attracted to more of the bigger league teams. Steward said.

Her father, Victor Pigg, was a pitcher who eventually played for the Seattle Indians in 1922.

Before the Mariners there was the Seattle Rainiers and before that the team was known as the Seattle Indians of the Pacific Coast League and played from 1919 to 1968.

The internet hasn’t been around to document Pigg’s impact on baseball, but some local newspaper articles have boasted about his talents and the local pride that goes with them.

One such article was written by Royal Brougham, who was the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s sports editor for 68 years. Fans may recognize the name because Royal Brougham is a street that now runs near T-Mobile Park.

“He and my dad were friends, and these are the people who helped put Seattle on the sports map,” Stewart said.

Brougham wrote an article about the Sedro Woolley star making the leap to the pros.

“Pigg was the village hero in the prosperous city of Washington in his youth, and now that he has become successful and wealthy with the diamond, everyone in north Washington draws for him,” Brougham wrote.

Another newspaper described Pigg’s recent success on the field, and on the same page was a smaller article about Babe Ruth collapsing.

“They didn’t play together, but they played at the same time and were contemporaries, so that’s very special to me,” Stewart said.

Stewart said the internet archives don’t accurately reflect the details of Pigg’s career, but she is proud that her father had an early part in popularizing baseball in Seattle. Victor Pigg was born in 1899 and would have been 122 today. She said her father would be happy if his favorite sport came to town.

“His last name was Pigg,” Stewart said. “Normally you would laugh and make fun of it, but when you’re a professional athlete… they didn’t!”

She said her father taught her a lot about baseball and she became a fan for life.

“It’s kind of unusual that you interview me during a game because the people who live here know not to bug me during a Mariners game because (laughs) it excites me,” she said. “I watch every game and I usually watch every minute.”

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Emma Bowman

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