Duane Covey, Outfielder/Pitcher
Duane Covey - Outfielder/Pitcher - '69-'72
the best hitter in Roosevelt High School history?
A strong case can be made in support of this Rider legend.
baseball career is strongly anchored in the Northeast Seattle community.
The legend's career started with North East Seattle Little League, progressed to two years of North Seattle Pony League and eventually moved on to Babe Ruth, prior to his arrival at Roosevelt.
Duane's youth baseball highlight occurred at the end of the 9th grade when he
played on a Babe Ruth team that traveled to Illinois and finished 3rd in the Junior Babe Ruth World Series.
At Roosevelt Duane was a three year letterman for the Roughriders.
Going into his
Senior year he
was going to be the team's star pitcher.
However arm problems limited his
pitching opportunities, so he
turned to the bat.
Duane hit .489 - (wood bat era) for the Riders in 1972, the best batting average for any high school player in the State that year.
During the summer following the end of his
Roosevelt career Duane
played in the City/State All-Star Game held at Sick's Stadium.
also spent part of that summer playing with future Major Leaguers Floyd Bannister and Ken Phelps on this area's Senior Babe Ruth team; a team that traveled to North Carolina to win the Senior Babe Ruth World Series.
played and lettered four years for the Washington Huskies
batted .354 (again wood bats) for the Huskies his
was named to the All-Pac 8 Conference team in both his
Junior and Senior seasons.
In 2000 he
was one of a select group of players named to the Huskies
All Century Baseball Team.
Husky career Duane
was given an opportunity to play for $500 a month for the Eugene Emeralds of the Cincinnati Reds organization.
possessed a major league arm and bat, he
knew two bad knees would keep him from ever making the majors, so he
decided it was time to set his
baseball career aside for a business career.
What was Duane's
most memorable experience as a Rider?
Senior year, in a game at Roosevelt
crushed a ball that hit off of the top of the tennis court fence in right center field.
While rounding the bases admiring his
slipped and fell on a soft spot on the base path.
What would have been one of the most talked about home runs in Rider history, turned into the most talked about triple in Rider history. (Ironically, the start of the game had been delayed 30 minutes so the spot where Duane
ended up slipping could be repaired.)
Why was Duane
such a good hitter?
hitting prowess to 20/10 vision, quick wrists, and a love for batting practice.
Duane states that, "When he
was a kid he
would rather hit BP than watch cartoons".
quick wrists to years of doing what current Rider players know as "Forearm Rope Drill".
What was Duane's hitting style?
describes himself as a left handed Edgar Martinez - a hard line drive hitter with a bad set of wheels.
Who were the best players Duane
played with and against?
The best athlete Duane
ever faced was Steve Bartkowski of the California Bears.
Even though Bartkowski was the best athlete Duane
ever played against, Duane
never the less managed to hit a home run off the Bear ace.