John Barnes, a Midwestern amateur athletic star and sports promoter, arrived in the Northwest to develop the Pacific Northwest League in 1890. He operated the Spokane franchise, which won the first pennant with a team featuring minor-league legends Piggy Ward, Abner Powell and George Borchers.
Although Larry “Moose” Stubing almost came away emptyhanded from his stays in baseball’s major leagues, he will be remembered for more than his one season as the last Triple-A manager of the Spokane Indians.
George Brett loves his adopted hometown of Kansas City, but it’s exactly those sort of painfully hot August days that make him crave visiting Spokane this time of year. He loves it so much that when you hear him talk about it, you wonder if he could be the new “Visit Spokane” spokesperson.