The retired Evergreen State College faculty member and 2008 Seattle Mariners Fan of the Year, is featured in a new book about baseball called “The Diamond Alphabet: Baseball in Shorts.” It was written by former Canadian Poet Laureate George Bowering who has traveled with Soule to watch baseball in Cuba on two of his last five trips.
While the book’s author seems to focus on Soule’s legendary ballpark culinary habits, his love of the game is unmistakable.
This is a man who has collected autographs since he was a kid growing up in St. Louis, taken friends to the Mariners original home opener in 1977 and everyone since, is a charter member of the Negro League Baseball Museum and the St. Louis Browns Historical Society while belonging to the Society for American Baseball Research.
He goes to, on average, 20 Mariners games every year, plus another three Tacoma Rainiers games, five or six in Cuba, a half-dozen at spring training and manages to fit in some random local high school or slow-pitch softball. That doesn’t count what he watches on television.