Exhibits at the Mighty Tieton Warehouse highlight the importance of local sports, including tributes to boxer Pete Rademacher and other notable figures from the community.
The Tieton Arts and Humanities Board added some local flavor to the Smithsonian’s “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” a traveling exhibit open to the public on weekends until Sept. 22. It “examines the many roles that sports play in American society,” according to the Smithsonian’s website.
No athlete brought more national acclaim to Tieton than Rademacher, the winner of the heavyweight boxing gold medal at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Thursday is the 62nd anniversary of his famous world heavyweight boxing championship fight against Floyd Patterson in Seattle, which Patterson won by technical knockout in the sixth round after being knocked down by Rademacher in the second round.
Tieton native Arvo Ojala will also be featured in the display for his work teaching Hollywood actors how to shoot guns from the 1950s through the 1990s.
Teams highlighted in the exhibit include Highland’s state soccer champs, and the Scotties’ 1988 basketball state title team.
The Mighty Tieton Warehouse is at 608 Wisconsin Road in Tieton.