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Harold Pyatte

Baseball Coach

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Pyatte has had an incredible influence on amateur baseball in Snohomish County. He started playing baseball at Marysville High and by age 16 was playing semi-pro ball with the Marysville Chiefs. After attending and playing baseball one year at Western Washington University, he returned home and joined the semi-pro Everett Orioles in 1962. Three years later he came back to baseball and played for the Snohomish-Everett Orioles (1968-72). The Orioles disbanded after the ‘72 season and Harold took on the cause to keep semi-pro baseball alive in the county. Everett High AD, Jim Ennis, helped him with access to baseball fields, and Harold worked with H & L Sporting Goods owner, Bill Rucker, to sponsor the newly formed H & L Twins in 1973. He was the Twins player/coach until the Everett Merchants formed.

Harold was a pitcher for the Twins until an arm injury ended his pitching career but he continued as a designated hitter until 1991. Amazingly at age 47, he broke up a no hitter in his last National Baseball Congress (NBC) game. Harold’s playing and coaching days in Snohomish County span 4 ½ decades. He has for years been the General Manager and Head Coach of the Everett Merchants. In 1988, he led the Merchants to the NBC World Series Championships. In 2000 and 2001, he was named as the International League Pacific League Coach of the Year. Harold has coached over 100 players who have gone on to play professional baseball including 10 who have played in Major League Baseball. Because of Harold’s outstanding reputation and long-time and tireless service to baseball communities, he was inducted into the NBC Hall of Fame in 2005.

And once again, this summer (2017), the Merchants qualified for the NBC World Series and made it to the championship game losing 7-1 for a second place finish. Congratulations Merchants and Coach Pyatte!!

Harold and his wife of over forty 40 years, Sherry, reside in Everett. Sherry has been the number one supporter of Harold’s passion of serving and working for Snohomish County baseball.

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