Stanley, a top Alaska player in the 1980s, passes away

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Feb 15, 2020

Anchorage’s Timothy Stanley, who was one of the state’s best baseball players in the 1980s, has passed away. He was 53.

 

Stanley played American Legion Baseball with Service Post 28 and graduated from Service High School in 1984.

 

In 1987, he became just the second Anchorage player to ever sign a professional baseball contract when he agreed to a deal with the Montreal Expos organization.

 

He played second base and shortstop for Class-A Jamestown in 1988 and Class-A Rockford in 1989, making him just one of 24 players from Alaska to reach that level of pro ball.

 

“His rookie card pretty much sums up his personality,” said longtime friend Mike Webster, who played with Stanley back in the day.

 

“He played middle infield and occasionally outfield, but his card shows him pitching with a mischievous grin on his face. Typical Tim, always trying to make folks smile. He was one of the good guys.”

 

Stanley is survived by his wife Jodi and two children, Tyler and Dakota.

 

“He married his high school sweetheart and they had just celebrated 32 years of marriage,” Webster said.

 

“He was a man of faith, family and baseball. He loved making people laugh.”

 

Stanley was no joke on the baseball field.

 

He hit .440 in his final season at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

 

In the summer of 1987, he led the Anchorage Glacier Pilots with a .467 batting average in 28 games.

 

In his rookie season of pro ball, he hit .290 in 36 games with five doubles, a home run and 16 runs for Jamestown.

 

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