one step closer to the big leagues

League Officers


KEN WILSON - President

E-Mail:  greatwestleague@comcast.net
Ken Wilson is a co-founder of the Great West League.  In 2008, Wilson became President of the West Coast League, another summer collegiate wood-bat baseball league, serving in that position until 2013.  The following year he became president of the Great West League. In 2015 Wilson founded the Portland Pickles, a team in the Great West League.

Wilson has owned and operated professional minor league teams, and has extensive experience in designing and renovating ball parks.

He broadcast for several Major League Baseball teams (Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, California Angeles, and the Oakland Athletics.  Wilson is one of a handful of broadcasters to call three perfect games during his big league career (Kenny Rogers, Texas Rangers, 1994; Phillip Humber, Chicago White Sox, 2012; and, Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners, 2012), as well as two no-hitters, George Brett's 3,000th hit and Gaylord Perry's 300th victory. He was also on the call along with Joe Morgan when Pete Rose recorded hit 4,192 to break Ty Cobb’s record.  Wilson called NHL games for 22 seasons (Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues), including games for ESPN and SportsChannel America

He and his wife, Marlene, have four children and make their home in Portland, Oregon.
 


BILL SPECK - Supervisor of Umpires

E-Mail:  nobangers@aol.com
Bill Speck has a wealth of umpiring experience, both on and off the field. He currently umpires in the PAC 12, the Big West, West Coast Conference, WAC and Mountain West Conference, and has worked two NCAA College World Series in Omaha, as well as 29 NCAA Regionals and NCAA Super Regionals. His umpiring career began in the Pioneer League in 1981. Speck moved up to the Pacific Coast League, working seven seasons in the AAA league.

He is married, has a grown daughter, and operates a landscape business in his hometown of Modesto, California.

About the Great West League

The Great West League is one of the premier summer collegiate wood bat leagues in North America, poviding a professional, minor league-like atmosphere for top college players seeking professional baseball careers. The league also provides affordable family entertainment, enriching its member communities in California and Oregon.