In Seattle Roscoe C. "Torchy" Torrance has been called "Mr. Everything," a most fitting description of the dynamic civic leader and tireless promoter whose inspira-tional life story is a combination of Tom Sawyer, Frank Merriwell and Horatio Alger. Born in the Palouse country of eastern Washington, the irrepressible redhead parlayed a baseball glove and a vibrant per-sonality into a multifaceted career in business, athletics and public service. His lifelong love affair with his alma mater, the University of Washington, began as a short-stop for the Sun Dodger baseball team. Dur-ing World War II he was an over-age volunteer decorated for heroism as a Marine officer in the invasion of Guam. As ex-ecutive vice-president of the Seattle Rainiers, he developed pennant winners and major leaguers. Student athletes, Olympic champions and worthy causes of all kinds benefited from his enthusiastic dedication, often to the detriment of his own business. Although he did not achieve his child-hood goal of following in the cleated footsteps of his idol—Roger Peckinpaugh, the 19-year-old shortstop of the Cleveland Indians—he was, his friends agree, a major leaguer all the way.
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