March 2, 2011
STANFORD, Calif.-- Longtime Stanford baseball assistant Bill Alhouse, a member of the ABCA Hall of Fame, who coached with Dutch Fehring and Everett Dean in the 1950 and 1960s, passed away at his Palo Alto home on February 24. He was 85.
A Brooklyn native, born June, 10 1925, Alhouse spent 16 years coaching at Stanford, first for Everett Dean from 1952 to 1955 and then during Dutch Fehring's entire career, from 1956 to 1967. The 1967 team featured current coach Mark Marquess, as a player.
Sunken Diamond's video board, is in part, funded by the Alhouse Family.
In all but one season with Alhouse as an assistant, the Indians had a winning record, producing a 32-13 record (.711) in 1965, a 24-10-1 (.700) record in 1956 and setting the school-record for wins and winning percentage during the CWS run in 1967 by going 36-6-1 (.849). Stanford finished third in Omaha that season.
In eight of those seasons, the then-Indians placed first or second in the California Intercollegiate Baseball Association.
Earlier this year he received the Tall Tree Award, given to the an outstanding Palo Alto volunteer. Along with time at Stanford, he finished his coaching career at Menlo School, and also coached at Gunn High School, a Nevada City high school and in the Netherlands. He was a co-founder of the local Babe Ruth and Little Leagues.
His chosen profession outside of baseball was real estate, where he was named Realtor of the Year in 1963 and received the Lifetimes of Achievement award in 2001. He retired from that business in 1990, handing the keys over to John King.
Having come of age during World War II, he enlisted in the Navy upon graduation from Stony Brook Prep in Stony Brook, New York, playing baseball at Hobart College and Grossse Ile Naval Air Station and St. Mary's Pre-Flight School.
After the War, he graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1949 with a degree in physical education. From 1946 to 1950, he played in the minor leagues with the Washington Senators, Brooklyn Dodgers and Minnesota Twins as a middle infielder in Kingsport (1946), Goldsboro (1946), Santa Barbara (1947), El Centro (1947), Anderson (1949), Gastonia (1950) and Hammond (1950), retiring after 303 minor league games. He played in 97 games as a 19-year old second baseman for Washington's Class-D Kingsport (TN) team, batting .255 with 15 doubles, and for Goldsboro (NC). At the age of 23, in his final minor league season, he played in 90 for Gastonia (SC) and finally his last 60 games for Hammond (LA).
He moved to Palo Alto in 1951, joining the real estate business first, and then the Indian coaching staff.
The American Baseball Coaches Association honored Alhouse in 2000 with a special Hall of Fame award, recognizing his 50 years of service. Alhouse was inducted into the Stony Brook Prep Hall of Fame in 1993 after a three-sport prep career starting in 1939.
Alhouse was married to his wife, Barbara, for over 50 years, tying the knot in September, 1951. The couple had two daughters, Ginger and Jane, and four grandchildren. He also had an interest in piano, and as an adult, the clarinet. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 10 at 2 p.m. At Menlo park Presbyterian Church.