Athletic Achievement, Class of 1961
A two-sport standout in basketball and baseball, Doug Vanderwall’s true passion sparkled on the baseball diamond.
Vanderwall was on the 1960-1961 baseball teams that set a consecutive game win streak of 56 games, a record that stood for 50 years and now ranks second in the state. His career won-lost record was 33-1 and his 31 consecutive wins still ranks second in the state.
Vanderwall had an earned run average of 1.19 now ranked 23rd in the state and his 369 career strikeouts still ranks him at the 30th spot. He batted .422 and drove in 40 runs in 1960 and batted .334 and drove in 35 runs in 1961.
At Central Michigan University, Vanderwall was their top pitcher for three years. Only a serious arm injury prevented him from playing professional baseball. He taught and coached at Fruitport for 30 years.
Vanderwall is still deeply involved in his home community of Grand Haven. He and his daughter, Char, keep the statistical record books for all home basketball games and unofficial score books for all away games. Vanderwall also runs the official time clock for Fruitport home football games.
Vanderwall was inducted into the GHHS Hall of Fame in 2008 with his 1960-61 baseball teammates. He and his teammates are also inductees of the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame.