A forgotten Coug remembered

HE WAS THE son of a Nez Perce chief, played three sports at Washington State for three hall of fame coaches, fought in the South Pacific during World War II, and survived a fiery bus crash in Snoqualmie Pass that decimated Spokane’s professional baseball team in 1946. Levi McCormack, a popular player throughout the Northwest in the 1930s and '40s, largely has been lost to history.

But his life and times capture a fascinating and colorful era in Pacific Northwest sports. And it all started at Washington State.

By the time McCormack graduated from WSC to begin a career in professional baseball, “he was the most prominent Native American to represent the Cougars athletically since the legendary William Henry 'Lone Star' Dietz,” David Eskenazi writes in a compelling feature piece in Sports Press Northwest about the highly memorable Cougar from Lapwai, Idaho.

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