Fred S. Tustin of Washington started
his career as a baseball pitcher at the age of nine for the Waynesburg
He pitched four years at Waynesburg High School, setting a WPIAL
strikeout record and entered Waynesburg College in 1937. He left college
after signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers and later switched to the St.
Louis Cardinals chain.
Tustin was a roommate of Hall of Famer Stan Musial at Williamson, WV. in
1938 and played for the Washington Redbirds of the Pennsylvania State
League from 1939 through 1941. He had a 15-4 record with the Pirates'
farm club at Albany, NY. and entered the U.S. Army in 1944.
He served in the Pacific Theater and with the Japanese occupation force
and pitched for the Fifth Air Force team with an 18-5 record as his team
won the service American League pennant. After returning to Washington,
he played semipro baseball for Scott Motor and helped organize a company
team at Washington Steel Co., where he worked for 34 years.
Tustin also played several seasons in the Wheeling Intelligencer League
and became manager of the Washington American Legion team in 1967,
winning three district championships in his first four seasons.
He pitched his last game against his father who was past 60 with father
and son battling to a 2-2 tie in a benefit exhibition game at