Photo of Jeff Baltus

Jeff BaltusJeff Baltus

Photo of Jeff Baltus
School: Wilson Graduation Year: 1988

Year Inducted: 2018

Sports Played: Football, Baseball

High School Honors: 3 Football letters, 1st Team All-PIL as a Senior, 2nd Team as a Junior; Team Captain, led PIL in interceptions as a Junior; Shrine All-Star, National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete.
3 Baseball letters, 1st Team All-PIL on PIL Championship Teams in Junior and Senior years; Team Captain. Top Pitcher award as a Junior and Senior, named Wilson’s Most Outstanding Male Athlete as a Senior.

Post High School Career: Graduated from Portland State University, played Baseball first 2 years. Coached and managed Little League Baseball for 8 seasons; Cedar Mill All-Star Team won first-ever District Championship. Presently NW Regional Sales Manager with Lagunitas Brewing Co., serving 6 states and managing12 representatives.

Commentary:

Backyard whiffle ball, nurturing older siblings and tagging along to witness numerous high school ball games at a ripe young age are where my exposure to athletics all began.

Growing up the youngest in a household of ballplayers I was inspired early on to do what it took to contend with the big kids, the youngest of whom was 10 years my senior. From home run derbies to spirited games of horse and lively family board games, activities were plentiful around the house and introduced to me the concept of competition.

We’d all throw apples for distance over the utility shed, or if you were six years old at the time possibly through its window.

The older siblings would also “allow” me to throw batting practice tennis balls to them which they’d more often than not deposit over the towering backyard firs… but I kept throwing and shagging and after years of persistence, I think I eventually got a couple by them.

Reflecting back, lessons were learned from these days which I would carry forward throughout my athletic career at Wilson and later on in life as a father, coach and sales manager. Drive, motivation, and managing a challenging situation (like broken windows) and, to a lesser extent, never hanging a curve ball, are all parallels in which I strive to teach my kids, co-workers and teammates.

I’d like to thank my parents Dick & Rose for laying the framework for a tight-knit family and attending countless sporting events in our not-always-glorious Oregon weather. And that group of loving siblings & coaches (Sue, Richard, Tim, Dan) who helped pave the way for me in sports and in life.

Lastly, thank you to the PIL for this great honor and teammates along the way many of whom became life-long friends.

RELATED

Photo of Tim Baltus

Tim BaltusTim Baltus

Wilson ~ 1976 ~ 3 Baseball letters. 1st Team All-PIL and All-Metro as Junior and Senior, 1st Team All-State as Junior, 2nd Team All-State as Senior, Played in State-Metro Series, NW Regional All-Star, American

Robert (Bob) Olson

Robert (Bob) OlsonRobert (Bob) Olson

Wilson ~ 1959 ~ Three-year football letter winner. First Team All-PIL; Team Most Valuable Player. Three-year basketball letter winner. Three-year baseball letter winner. First-team All-State; Two-time First Team All-PIL; Team